This is the second of my “Things I Like” posts and I’ll admit that the topic isn’t something I’ve always been comfortable with. Â Let me go on record as saying that I’m a fan of Playboy magazine. Â Specifically, Playboy magazine from before about 1975. Â I was a subscriber in the mid-to-late 90’s and I have nothing against the more recent generation of the publication, but I vastly prefer the era before airbrushing, cosmetic surgery and full frontal nudity. Â But my preference actually has very little to do with the photos and a lot to do with the fiction, the interviews and the journalism that defeated McCarthyism and ushered in a new era where adults took control of their own pursuit of personal, and cultural, pleasure.
A couple of things make it uncomfortable for me to talk about Playboy magazine:
First, I grew up in a conservative world with a lot of focus on “moral values” and “pure thoughts” being pushed pretty much from kindergarten until I graduated from high-school and entered the real world. Â Any of the secular things that might have been seen as salacious orÂ risquÃ©Â were not only prohibited, they were generally treated as though they didn’t exist at all. Â I doubt I had an educator or pastor from K through 12 who would admit to having ever seen a movie in a theater, as “theaters were the devil’s playground” according to Ellen White.
Second, I consider myself a feminist. Â An actual, “equality for the sexes” true believer. Â While I accept that there are some (physical) activities that areÂ inherentlyÂ more well suited for the average member of a particular gender’s physical build, muscle mass, and bone density; I’ve met women who could do any physical job a man could do including roughneck, work cattle, shoot things, and play american football.