TASCHEN AMERICA L.L.C.
(W) Various (A/CA) Various
Pubic hair appeared on the American newsstand in 1970 compliments of Penthouse
magazine. Within a year it was everywhere, and in 1975 Midwest redneck Larry Flynt parted the hair and made the pink beyond the centerpiece of Hustler
. In Northern Europe censorship laws fell like dominos after Berth Milton confronted Swedish parliament with hardcore photos in 1967, asking what it would do if he published them in Private
magazine. The answer was nothing. Denmark followed, producing magazines for France as well. England, always lagging, finally got the knickers off, but kept its censorship laws. Japan, long suppressed, found release in bondage magazines like New Roman Porno
and SM Select
, though pubic hair stayed forbidden. The Pill removed pregnancy fear and couples embraced swinging, the suburban sexual revolution, with swing magazines in the U.S. and Europe helping to hook them up. Al Goldstein challenged American censorship with Screw
, while a Texas ad exec tried to keep tasteless hillbilly humor alive with Sex to Sexty
. History of Men's Magazines Volume 5 includes over 600 hair-raising covers and photos from Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, the U.S. and more, with the usual inspired text.
In Shops: Feb 15, 2023
View All Items In This Series