Cover Model

Mersadeez Richard is a Bronze Goddess

Smokey-eyed beauty Mersedeez Richard has a rare impenetrable beauty. Like a goddess from ancient myths, she’ll make you think twice before you consider yourself worthy of her time and attention. But Mersadeez can’t help the fact she’s an absolute stunner.

Spending a sun-kissed afternoon high above Los Angeles, Mersadeez posed for photographer Dane Darden and they worked together to capture the abundant sexiness in this photoshoot that highlights her statuesque beauty in all her tan and bronzen glory. Enjoy!

Playboy History

Meet Ines Rau, Our First Trans Playmate

It’s a new world, guys. You may have heard: Playboy just made history by featuring Ines Rau as our first transgender Playmate.

The French-born model has spent the last few years hop-scotching across the Atlantic between her current home in New York City and and continues modeling in Paris. Recently, Rau signed a book deal, starred in a new film and is now eyeing a move to Los Angeles. There’s no doubt about it, Ines Rau is a captivatingly beautiful woman, one with a bright and promising future.

Be sure to check her Playmate Data Sheet to learn more. In it, she’s very candid and real. Like, here she is talking about making history by being the first trans woman to pose nude in the pages of Playboy:

Nudity shouldn’t be taboo. Nudity means a lot to me, since I went through a transition to get where I want to be. Nudity is a celebration of the human being without all the excess. It’s not about sexuality but the beauty of the human body, whether male or female. You can’t lie.

Some readers commented that a transgender Playmate would have Hef rolling in his grave. Well, a transgender model, Tula, has already appeared in Playboy before—in 1991. But let’s concentrate on the present. This is Ines’s moment.

You can check Rau’s nude pictorial in the current issue of the magazine here—which is historic for another reason: it’s the first time in Playboy’s 64-year existence that a man has appeared alone on the cover. That man, of course, is Hef.

Male Intimacy

Why Do Straight Men Prefer Bromance Over Romance?

Over the last two decades, American men have begun to discover their emotions. But the greatest irony of men’s recent evolution is how women don’t seem ready for it. Many women remain quick to deploy sexist language to describe a man’s softer side. Which means, while men are learning how to express their emotions, men often prefer to open up to their closest male friends instead of their female partners. This week, Playboy’s Bobby Box examined this trend of male intimacy and he reports some surprising findings about why men prefer their bromances to their relationsips with women.

Naturally, the open expression of men’s softer sides has raised questions about how we’re redrawing our personal boundaries.

For example, in a recent study of 30 heterosexual college students, from a sports-related major, all 30 men reported they had a bromantic relationship with a close friend and had engaged in “no boundaries behavior.” What is that? Well, that includes, cuddling, spooning, kissing, sleeping in the same bed, and other open expressions of love. Which may sound like some major lines are being crossed. But, it’s not like that. As one male respondent in the study reported, “There are three factors to consider: sexual attraction, emotional connection, and personality. A bromance needs the last two, while a romance needs two including sex.”

So, there you go, it stays bromantic as long as you’re not having sex.

But what about when you are having sex with your bromantic partner?

Yeah, that’s another trend on the rise. These days, more dudes are enjoying threesomes with their friend and a female partner. But ready for the weird part? Guys are having sex with guys not because the guys secretly want to hook-up, but because their intimacy makes the woman in the threeseome feel safer and more involved. Researchers found that, in a MMF threesome, having sex with two men can feel intimidating to most women. However, when the men engaged in sexual behavior with each other the woman in the threesome didn’t feel like an object and instead felt like a participant in a group sex experience. For the men, this sexual expression didn’t challenge their heterosexuality because they were having sex with a woman. Together.

Attitudes are definitely changing.

Sex Life Hacks

”Siri, How Do You Give A Woman an Orgasm?”

As your go-to guide for all things sex, we like to keep you informed on all the latest news, updates, and sex advice.

Did you hear? Shower sex is dangerous AF. No, for real. But there are ways of doing right. Here are a few handy tips on how to deeply please your partner in the shower without making a midnight visit to the ER. For example:

Modified doggy: Similar to the classic, the female should lean forward into the wall with her back to you. It helps if she has a leg up on the tub. Then enter from behind.

Bonus: if the shower head is removable, place the shower head on your partner’s clitoris for extra stimulation.

Do you have a favorite brand and style of condom?

If you regularly use them ––which you definitely should since two-thirds of men reportedly don’t use condoms –– having a favorite condom has been shown to increase a man’s pleasure. Of course, you could go one step farther, and order some custom-made condoms. That’s right; there are now bespoke condoms. The company myONE Perfect Fit condoms offers 60 different models. If you’ve got the paper to pamper yourself, having custom-sized condoms is a boss move.

Lastly, speaking of prophylactic protection, condom-maker Durex recently published a list of the most Googled questions about sex. No big surprise, the top two questions were both about women’s orgasms. (Number three was: Can you get rid of Herpes? That one is way easier to answer: no. But you can relieve symptoms with medication.) So, we thought we’d help you with the riddles and mysteries of female orgasms.

This week, looking to answer the question, "How do you make a woman orgasm?”, Vice turned to a sexpert, Vanessa Marin, and she laid out some solid advice on how to tease and coax a woman’s orgasm.

And to answer the single-most Googled question, “What is the G-spot?”, we thought you should check this vid from sexpert Adina Rivers. She happily shares with you the secrets for teasing and pleasing a woman’s G-spot.

Online Shaming

In the Wake of a Sex Scandal, Why Do Women Blame Women?

You’d have to live under a rock to have missed the Harvey Weinstein sex crimes scandal. It’s been all over the news, all over your feeds and timelines. Impossible to ignore. And with such a culture-shaking scandal as this one, there often is a predictable pattern of events. One part of the response is for women to be blamed and shamed. And often the ones to do the shaming are women. This week, writer Caroline Orr confronted this expected reaction and asked, Why Do Women Point Fingers?

Hard Science

We Can’t Let Sex Scandals Give Male Sexuality A Bad Name

While we’re talking sex scandals, it’s important to note that sex should not be blamed. What we’re talking about are sex crimes. Sex is fine, crime is the problem. To explain why such a key distinction needs to be made, one of Playboy’s resident sexologists, Debra W. Soh, examined our culture’s view of male sexuality, particularly in the light of a sex scandal. In this article, Soh raises many important points, such as:

There has been a growing trend in recent years to shame and pathologize men for having inklings of sexual interest in women with terms like toxic masculinity, but this doesn’t offer any meaningful solutions. There is a difference between healthy sexuality and sexuality that transgresses against others. Conflating the two as being symptomatic of all men is not helpful or productive, and for those who commit these types of transgressions, cultural shaming will not stop them.

This Week In WTF?!

“Why Would You Tattoo That On Your Forehead?!”

Each week we like to take a digital trek around the globe and check in with all the ways people like to get kinky and what they’re willing do when they get naked. With the same guarantee the sun rises each morning, each week, we find a few freaks whose stories will make you ask, “WTF?! Who does that?” This week did not fail to live up to expectations.

Man Sues His Jailers After Suffering 91-Hour Erection

What a horror story. Meet Dustin Lance. He was an inmate at the Pittsburg County jail, in Oklahoma, and he’s suing the jail and his former jailers for $5 million dollars. While he was locked-up, Lance ingested an unknown pill a fellow inmate handed him. The next day, when he was still popping an erection, Lance alerted guards to his pressing medical condition. What did his jailers do? They mocked him. (His name is Lance.) Finally, after suffering for a few days, his jailers took Lance to receive medical attention. The jail doctors recognized the severity of his painful erection and recommended he be transferred to a urologist for emergency treatment. Instead, the jail released him. That’s right! They turned him and his painful boner loose on the streets.

Well, They’re Trying It Again: A Sex Robot Brothel In Germany

Looks like before we ever get to some sexy Westworld future where people are willingly and eagerly hoping into bed with sexbots, for now we have to witness a few awkward attempts, like this German sex robot brothel. The place is called Bordoll. And they offer 11 different sexbots. And it’s inexpensive. You can have sex with a plastic lover for roughly $93 or £71. One of the most popular models is a blue-haired anime heroine. But the best part may be the sexbot bordello’s owner’s description of how wives will often “wait outside in the car” while their husbands hump an artificial lover. This tolerance suggests sexbots will fast become legit options especially if they’re willing to do the work others won’t. (Like the work these guys wives won’t.)

Dirty Brits Travel To Serbia to Have Sex With…What?!

This story is wild. Like, not the good kind of wild either. Apparently, there’s a large number of British men who like to travel for sex. But not just any sex. They travel to Serbia so they can have sex with dogs. Yes. Dogs. This isn’t a euphemism, like President Trump saying how he “moved on her like a bitch.” These guys are looking to get kinky with a real bitch. Yuck.

Man with Worst Forehead Tattoo Ever Arrested For Groping Woman

We saved the best for last. In Cincinatti, a man was arrested for groping a woman in public. That’s not the good part. That’s terrible. The only funny part of this story is the dude’s mugshot. Hands down, he’s the front-runner for the worst face tattoo ever. Like, forver ever. You just have to see it for yourself. Check it here


You know what time it is. Time to get your mind right for the weekend. So, let’s allow this week to become history as you lean into the mystery and sexiness to come. Here to inspire your imagination is model Erika De Leija and her breathtaking beachside photo-shoot. Enjoy!