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November 16, 2011

The First Issue of 'The Girl Watcher': A 1959 Magazine That Encourages Stalking and Predator Behavior in a Seriously Misguided Attempt at Humor

The Girl Watcher was a "Handy Handbook for Girl Watching. Dedicated to all serious scholars and Connoisseurs of beautiful women." The magazine purported to have the "latest reports from enterprising, ardent devotees throughout the world."

An “official international journal” dedicated to “connoisseurs of beautiful women,” the Watcher discusses women in terms of prey (“The Hunter and the Hunted”), refers to stalkers as “resourceful and imaginative,” and creates a recipe for the perfect mate by combining body parts of four different women.

Also: Women are referred to collectibles, akin to “beetles, bottles and shrunken heads.” And there’s a lot of upskirt photography.

There is one interesting historical note here — an interview with Earl Leaf, the photographer who discovered Marilyn Monroe.

Otherwise? Please don't take any of this advice.


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