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[[caption-width-right:265:The most skin we can show here and [[NotSafeForWork still be safe for work]].]]

''Playboy'', the magazine synonymous with beautiful naked women, and 12-year-old boys [[PornStash getting caught reading them]].

Founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, this has grown into an entire company (including its own premium cable channel), although the magazine is still the flagship product. Sort of, as the explosion of free porn on the internet in the 1990s has taken a huge chunk of the magazine's customer base.

The magazine is known for its nude photos (including celebrity photos) and articles, creating a content paradox, as far as articles (most notably during its 1950s-1980s heyday) being a draw towards readers equal to the naked pictures of women (or so men say, when caught by wives and girlfriends). Sadly, though, those days are long gone, as the magazine mostly serves as a porno version of ''Magazine/{{Maxim}}'', which is ironic given that ''Maxim'' is essentially a swimsuit version of ''Playboy''. It can be a little jarring to realize that in its heyday this magazine was credible enough to interview people like UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter (in which Carter made his infamous "lust in my heart" comment) and [[http://www.playboy.com/magazine/playboy-interview-martin-luther-king Martin Luther King Jr.]]

The PlayboyBunny costume actually comes from clubs ''Playboy'' used to own, where their waitresses dressed up in those outfits.

Despite seeming like a DistaffCounterpart, the magazine ''Playgirl'' has no affiliation with ''Playboy''.

TropeNamer for IReadItForTheArticles. This was a legitimate justification as late as the 90s. Literary greats published in the magazine include [[Literature/Catch22 Joseph Heller]], Creator/RoaldDahl, Creator/IanFleming, Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez, Creator/MargaretAtwood, John Updike, Creator/HarukiMurakami, Creator/NormanMailer, and Creator/RayBradbury.

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