Playboy USA - Spring 2020
English | 232 pages | PDF
Last spring, in our first-ever issue devoted entirely to freedomof speech, we told you ourmost productive contribution to the conversation was not to speak louder but to listen better. It has certainly been a year of speech worth listening to, from Greta Thunberg’s inspiring climate change advocacy to the stories of survivors of sexual assault to the poetry of a new generation of pop musicians such as Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Tyler, the Creator. Just a few months into this new decade, with election-year drama raging in theU.S. and socialmedia offering an evermore powerful megaphone to one and all, it’s clear we’re in store for a wild and unpredictable Roaring Twenties. Across the nearly 250 pages of this issue, we’ve put together a collection of speechthemed stories you’re unlikely to find anywhere else, from a profile of a weed-positive Republican senator to a feature on the conundrum of
fighting online hate speech to a step-by-step guide to talking dirty. Jameela Jamil, the formidable actor, writer and founder of the community-activism platform
I Weigh, served as editorial partner for this issue and is the subject of our long-form Playboy Interview. “I make my own lanes and I dip in and out of them as I please,” she tells us. “It is my duty to speak up and speak out about things that are hurting me and others who have less privilege and protection.” As we prepared to send this issue to the printer, the announcement of Jamil’s role in an upcoming HBO series sparked a new bout of social media backlash against her, underscoring the urgency of grappling with the complex issues she cares so deeply about—from shaming to cancel culture to representation and the power of new voices.