Summer 2019

Table of Contents

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    Departments |

    Letter From The Editors Editors Of Playboy

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    Departments |

    World Of Playboy Nina Palomba

    Pride Is Good

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    LET'S PLAY |

    Chidera Eggerue Grace Shutti

    The Slumflower blogger offers a radical take on empowerment

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    Departments |

    Tech: The Future Of Sex Toys Is Gender Neutral Suzannah Weiss

    Can non-gendered sex toys take off by getting us off? Inside the movement to sell pleasure to all

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    Departments |

    His & Hers

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    Cover |

    Man In His Domain: Ed Freeman Michael Slenske

    Hold your breath: We go behind the scenes—and into the deep end—with this issue’s cover artist

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    HUMOR: |

    My Sex Education Sasheer Zamata

    Sasheer Zamata and Joel Kim Booster revisit awkward classes, schoolyard rumors and more

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    GUEST ADVISOR: |

    Esther Perel

    The world-renowned therapist and author brings her singular insight to questions sent by you

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    Interview |

    Tarana Burke

    The activist who launched Me Too meets dream hampton in New Orleans to discuss the future of the movement

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    Feature |

    Wasteland Wonderland Adam Skolnick

    How three renegade curators are building an ethereal world of weirdness on the shores of a man-made lake in a scrappy pocket of the California desert

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    Feature |

    Faces Of Resilience Nico Lang

    ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONEWALL RIOTS, WE JOIN THE TREVOR PROJECT TO CELEBRATE HOW FAR WE’VE COME—AND RAISE AWARENESS OF THE WORK THAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE TO SECURE EQUALITY FOR ALL

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    Feature |

    Rebel Erotica Holly Black

    Having stunned the art world with her meteoric rise, Helen Beard is out to challenge our deepest assumptions about what sexuality should look like

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    Playmate |

    Heat Rises

    Spend a sweltering summer afternoon with Teela LaRoux—July Playmate, world traveler and fearless lover of life

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    20Q |

    Maren Morris Andrea Domanick

    The 29-year-old country singer has 10 Grammy nominations (including one win), a record-breaking album, a world tour—and something to say about how her genre handles women, skin and outspokenness

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    Feature |

    Our Country, Which Art In Panic Shira Tarrant

    WHEN IT COMES TO SEX AND POLICY, NOBODY SEEMS TO KNOW WHICH SIDE WILL BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

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    Style |

    Avan Jogia Sandra Song

    He’s energetic, slick and clever, and he celebrates gender and sexuality as much as he questions it. Here’s hoping the world is ready for

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    Feature |

    The 2019 Playboy Sex Survey

    When we set out to take a reading of the sexual landscape in the U.S.—our first national sex survey since 2012—we deemed three areas to be of interest: what people do in bed, what people think they should be doing in bed and what people want to do in bed. With headlines claiming that young Americans are having less sex than previous generations, we admit we were concerned about what our questionnaire, designed in partnership with RedSky Strategy, might tell us. It turns out we’re still having sex—we even value it highly—but no one can agree on what qualifies as the “right amount,” likely due to our free access to sexual imagery (porn) and sexual partners (dating apps). Here’s what else the data, pulled from 1,000 survey participants, revealed.

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    Fiction |

    Mr. Stickum Joyce Carol Oates

    JUSTICE CAN BE SUCH A STICKY BUSINESS

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    Profile |

    The Long Road To President Pete Alex Thomas

    He has captivated millions despite no national governing experience, vague policy positions and zero Twitter feuds with the president. Can Mayor Pete sustain his momentum through debate season?

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    Playmate |

    In Her Element

    August Playmate Geena Rocero finds powerful communion in Costa Rica’s towering trees and teeming tides

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    Pictorial |

    Give Me More Anita Little

    PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN ON THE BEAUTIES OF BDSM

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    Comics |

    Sunday Seduction Sarah Maxwell

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    Fiction |

    Yeast Lisa Taddeo

    DESPERATELY SEARCHING FOR SALVE…AND PERHAPS SALVATION

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    Feature |

    Down To Earth Ryan Gajewski

    Tyler Blackburn, star of Pretty Little Liars and the Roswell reboot, is proud to be a man who isn’t the poster child for anything but his own path

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    Feature |

    In Search Of The #20Biteen Man Dana Hamilton

    SEXUAL EXPRESSION HAS ARGUABLY NEVER BEEN MORE INCLUSIVE, BUT BISEXUAL MEN STILL STRUGGLE SIMPLY TO CONVINCE THE WORLD THEY EXIST. WE ASKED FIVE OF THEM TO TELL US THEIR STORIES

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    Playmate |

    An Englishwoman Abroad

    September Playmate Sophie O’Neil grew up in rural England, and yet she crowned her very first trip to America with a Topanga idyll that would make the most die-hard West Coaster blush

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    Feature |

    The Playboy Symposium Matt Mcgorry

    PLAYBOY guest editor Matt McGorry invites four distinct voices to explore the changing dynamics of power and sexuality

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    Pictorial |

    Culture Shock

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    Heritage |

    Apocalypse Then Steve Palopoli

    AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE MEMORABLE PLAYMATE SCENE FROM FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S OSCAR-WINNING 1979 CLASSIC

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    Heritage |

    A Kaleidoscopic Talent Cat Auer

    An appreciation of artist Kinuko Craft, whose ingenuity graced PLAYBOY’s pages across five decades

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    Heritage |

    Through The Looking Glass Thomas Page Mcbee

    FIGHTING TO BE SEEN CAN MEAN CONTENDING WITH BEING MISHEARD. FORTY YEARS AFTER AN UNPRECEDENTED PLAYBOY INTERVIEW, THOMAS PAGE MCBEE EXAMINES DESTRUCTIVE TRANS NARRATIVES AND FLAWED FRAMEWORKS

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    Heritage |

    We Won’T Go Back Elizabeth Yuko

    FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY, PLAYBOY HAS CHAMPIONED REPRODUCTIVE AUTONOMY—IN THESE PAGES, IN THE COURTS AND ON THE STREETS

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    Heritage |

    Members Only Lane Moore

    A LOOK AT THE VERY SMALL (BUT SOMETIMES FAIRLY LARGE) CLUB OF MEN WHO HAVE APPEARED NUDE OR NEAR NUDE IN PLAYBOY’S PAGES

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    Heritage |

    Rebekka Armstrong

    OUR SEPTEMBER 1986 PLAYMATE REFLECTS ON LOVING LIFE AND LIVING WITH AIDS