ORIGINS OF 'STUD MUFFIN'
- •England, mid-1600sThe term 'cheesecake' was used to describe a woman who is beautiful and promiscuous. It can be found in Poems and Songs Relating to the Late Times, published in 1662. It was used to regret the occasion of Cromwell driving ladies of questionable repute out of the town: "But ah! It goes against our hearts, To lose our cheesecake and our tarts."
- •England, 1803First recorded use of 'stud' to mean a male horse reserved for breeding.
- •England, mid-1800sMuffin men traversed the town streets at teatime, ringing their bells. In the 1840s the muffin-man's bell was prohibited by Act of Parliament because many people objected to it, but the prohibition was ineffective.
- •England, 1865The term 'muffin' is first used in print to describe a male chaperone.
- •New York, 1912James Kane, a photographer, was working for The New York Journal. One day James was posing an attractive young woman when a breeze blew her skirt up. When more leg than usual came on display, Mr. Kane (who reputedly loved cheesecake) exclaimed, "Wow! This is better than cheesecake!"
- •Ohio, 1949The Chronicle Telegram made a reference to a growing trend in the movies. The paper noted that moguls were beginning to realize that the female half of the population enjoyed seeing well-built men. So in the movies, males with muscled chests were increasingly featured stripped to the waist. The Chronicle Telegram reported that movie cameramen had started to use the term 'beefcake' to describe the phenomenon.
- •United States, 1980College campuses across America start using the phrase 'stud muffin' as we know it today. Beefcake may have been the inspiration for combining two male bimbo slangs to get stud muffin. But please do not confuse American-style muffins (which closely resemble cake), for the English-style muffins found in a stud muffin.