Regardless that he brought Woody Harrelson and Courtney Love notoriety for the movie the People vs Larry Flynt, the events that made the movie are still important.
I still believe in the first amendment - regardless of how the last half decade has twisted that term into knots upon knots in my stomach.
But that is not what today is about.
After Flynt died, I vividly remembered the one and only issue of Hustler I ever saw - and I was all of 15.
Now 15 back then is nothing to 15 now, where this stuff is currently available much easier. I wasn't a naive 15 year old, just not a worldly one either.
So much so that my friends and I called another adult magazine, O.U.I., as we didn't know the word Oui.
Before you figure into that, I had taken French before I was 15. I saw Hustler at 15, I had seen other friend's father's magazine collections for years before. But those were girls who liked hayrides walks in the park, a gentle rain, and the likes. Gauzed and airbrushed women even back then.
Hustler wasn't that.
But what it did offer, the others didn't - as you can see there is man on this cover. The first nekkid man Blobby would see in print. It would not be my last. So that I might see more, I stole this from the father of one of my friends.
Now, this pictorial with the man in the cowboy hat is now equivalent to the Cinemax adult movies that came on after 12 midnight and the poor dudes can never be shown erect. Now that is porn "acting".
I'd say he presented as 'full', but hardly hard.
Still my 15 year old brain didn't care.
Now that I think back on it, I'm about 89.4% sure he / they never showed it face, which may have made it more intriguing. It's Hustler. It wasn't supposed to be about the dudes.
Looking back on this - the now old Blobby isn't really turned on by the guy on the cover (and the spread on which he's second banana) the way 15 yo Blobby was. But again.......he was the first. And not the last - though the last for Hustler.
After that, I was just ripping off male porn from magazine / book stores.
Thanks dead Larry.
Oh - and if you ever wondered why dads kept stashes of their porn - other than to whack to, that is - is that it is lucrative. Just a quick search for this cover 'art', shows me that the cheapest version of resale of this magazine is $54. .......though I did see one copy on sale for........and you guessed it.........$69.
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