PRINT February 1992


THOUGH AN EAGER NINE-YEAR-OLD Boy Scout, I was perfectly unprepared when, with mingled horror and glee, my best friend and I discovered—you guessed it—a hefty stack of Playboys in his father’s sock drawer. The almost-too-clichéd scenario marks a kind of collectively held primal scene; for just about everybody has enjoyed (or suffered) a similar childhood moment, though I can only imagine what kind of an assault (or come-on) such pictures embody for little girls. As for me and my best friend, the experience was both “het,” because two boys were exploring girly pictures, and “homo,” because two boys were exploring one another exploring girly pictures. At any rate, the ever-so-sentimental education we received in the next feverish hour or so unfolded as if in a dream: for these impossibly cheesy images of naked women frolicking on beaches, waving cheerleaders’ pom-poms, twisting in satin

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