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Monday, December 10, 2007

Entertainment For Men

posted by on December 10 at 14:21 PM

My boyfriend picked up a Playboy for me at a big disco party at Nectar on Saturday night—for the articles, of course. He noticed that the April 1971 edition featured a “Playboy Panel on Homosexuality,” and he thought I might find it interesting. I might—I haven’t had a chance to read it yet—but after flipping through the magazine I’m thinking the ads might be more interesting than anything Judd Marmor, Phyllis Lyon, Kenneth Tynan, or any of the eight other people on Playboy’s sprawling panel had to say about the gays in 1971. Page after page after page of Surgeon-General-warning-free cigarette ads, ads for malt liquor, crazy-ass shoes, stereos, and on and on. But my favorite is this ad for… well, it’s clothing, I guess.


Man. Look at those duds. Ever been to a ’70s disco party and felt that the folks in their bellbottoms and pimp outfits and ugly shirts were overdoing it a bit? It looks like they weren’t.

And it’s hard not to feel awful for the black dude. Four hundred years of slavery, a century of Jim Crow, and then… a double-knit zip-up purple jump suit with a matching purple hat. Man. If you weren’t for reparations before, you better be for ‘em now.

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People will feel the same way about utilikilts 20 years from now.

Posted by crazycatguy | December 10, 2007 2:25 PM

I feel the same way about utilikilts right now.

Posted by Medina | December 10, 2007 2:30 PM

Head on over here for more 70s fashion goodness:

Click on any of the "Retro SWAT" articles and enjoy!

Posted by laterite | December 10, 2007 2:37 PM

I'd be concerned the day my boyfriend brings me any copy of Playboy for...well, any reason.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 10, 2007 2:44 PM

I'm tired of Utilikilts now.

I don't know, that black dude looks pretty confident in that doubleknit. Motherfucker owns that purple!

Posted by Sigourney Beaver | December 10, 2007 2:45 PM

somehow seeing the black guy in the purple pimp suit reminds me of some tacky pimp slapping his bitch saying "shut your mouth. where's my money at???" like in "i'm gonna get ya sucka"

Posted by apres_moi | December 10, 2007 2:47 PM

The problem is that utilikilts were never in except amongst the nerds, the "fashions" in that ad were popular

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 10, 2007 2:57 PM

@7: Right, for there to be a really strong fashion backlash about something, it has to be fashionable first. So unless utilikilts become a nationwide fashion statement the way flannel was in the 90s, we're unlikely as a culture to develop a big distaste for them.

Posted by Orv | December 10, 2007 3:11 PM

I thought your "Boyfriend" was you "Hubby" are you betrothed?

Or do you like using a word that you apparently don't understand or take seriously in some vain attempt to gain credibility in the whole "gay marriage is no different than strait marriage" post structuralist liberal crowd.

Posted by ecce homo | December 10, 2007 3:13 PM

Ecce, please make an appearance this Thursday at Moe's. Preaze.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 10, 2007 3:16 PM

Poe - what's the story with Moe's on Fri?

Posted by Lake | December 10, 2007 3:20 PM

it would just get confusing since he is Ken Hutcherson

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 10, 2007 3:21 PM

Nevermind Poe (11)


Posted by Lake | December 10, 2007 3:24 PM

I like how the woman in the center looks so chastened. She's got the nicest outfit of anyone, but she's apparently been put in a time-out.

Posted by mattymatt | December 10, 2007 3:29 PM

Those clothes are fantastic! They looked great then, they look great now. I was there and loved every moment of it.

Posted by beentheredonethat | December 10, 2007 3:34 PM

if you subtract out the purple guy, the rest of the clothes don't look nearly as bad. he's singlehandedly dragging down the curve.

Posted by brandon | December 10, 2007 3:38 PM

You're going to have to subtract out the fringey wrap belt too, brandon.

Posted by Fnarf | December 10, 2007 3:50 PM

I've got a great evening shirt from the Campus Expressions collection. I've had it for years, and it seems to be indestructable.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | December 10, 2007 3:52 PM

I know you don't believe it, but that was cool back then.


Posted by Will in Seattle | December 10, 2007 3:54 PM

kinda glad i wasn't alive yet, this makes emo kids seem completely sane

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 10, 2007 3:57 PM

Venus. Flytrap.

Posted by Big Sven | December 10, 2007 4:02 PM

I actually like the black guy's outfit. It appears to be a well-constructed one-piece vest-and-trousers knit jumpsuit (worn over a blouse-like shirt, of course). Whether it is polyester or wool, its going to be too hot to wear much of the year.

Posted by Jim Demetre | December 10, 2007 4:34 PM

Yay nerds in Utilikilts! There are so few of them up here in Vancouver. :(

Posted by gfish | December 10, 2007 5:12 PM

I was more interested in the ad copy than the clothes. Right-on things? Amazing.

Posted by la | December 10, 2007 5:28 PM

.. am i the onliest old black person you know dan ?.. i wore a gold crushed velvet jumpsuit with matching 3 button dresscoat to my prom in 1971..i was cute and i never wanted to be no venus flytrap..
insert eventual radio dj joke here..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | December 10, 2007 5:53 PM

I was the "Keeper of the Pr0n" at my fraternity (insert homo-erotic fantasies here) and had boxes of 60's and 70's skin mags for the enjoyment of the whole house. By far the most entertaining thing in them were the ads.

Worst thing: Disco Bush.

Posted by LT L | December 10, 2007 6:08 PM

I want to say something bad about all the clothing but when I think back on it I wore some of the worst 70's clothes I could possibly find. In the late 60's as a young teen I wanted every craze. Then disco hit in the 70's and I went insane for awhile! But I do have to say punk saved me, I was 22 but I got over that as soon as it started unfortunately some didn't and they still haven't. I guess I was a sucker for every trend.
I thought I was cool but time can play tricks on a person, old photos tell the truth.

Posted by -B- | December 10, 2007 7:32 PM
Posted by M | December 10, 2007 7:54 PM

It is overdone. Playboy's ads and endorsements were always over-the-top. $5000 stereos and shit. Clothing ads were extremely faddy. Not to say the 70s weren't tacky, but few dressed like the Jackson 5 or Superfly. Well, maybe pimps on Sunset.

Posted by Bauhaus | December 10, 2007 9:19 PM

What's the status of the mustache?

Posted by bolo | December 11, 2007 9:00 AM

Um, I think these outfits would fall more under the general category of "funk" fashion, rather than disco, which really didn't hit the main stream (and for all it's urbane sophistication wrapped up in a naughty girlie mag, Playboy was unabashedly mainstream) until about 1974, IIRC.

And really, can anyone possibly think these "right-on things" aren't simply a low-budget, mass-market, co-opted approximation of what kids were wearing on Carnaby Street or in Greenwich Village or in the Haight a couple of years earlier? I mean, the ad copy alone screams "Madison Ave."

And you UK-haters are just jealous because of your skinny, hairless little bird legs...

Posted by COMTE | December 11, 2007 9:28 AM

I'm agina tive
I, Magi Native
Has anyone really used this word? And why?

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | December 11, 2007 11:54 AM

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