Playboy Magazine Says It Will No Longer Publish Nude Photos

This might come as a total shock, but people don’t read Playboy for the in-depth articles. (Hell, does anyone besides me still get magazine subscriptions?) The magazine is all about beautiful women, sex, and fantasy, but now they’re making a huge change to the iconic brand – they’re ending the publication of fully nude girls.
In an interview with The New York Times, Playboy’s chief executive Scott Flanders made the decision with 89-year-old founder Hugh Hefner. The reasoning?Because nudity isn’t provocative anymore – in fact, it limits their audience. Thanks, Internet.
Flanders said,

That battle has been fought and won. You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.


The magazine will continue to feature a Playmate of the Month in a provocative, but more “PG-13” pose. The redesign is part of an effort to make Playboy more modern: safer-for-work content, including a sex column, investigative journalism, and art for young professional men who have grown up getting their porn online for free, the company’s leaders told the Times.
Last year, Playboy relaunched its website without nudity, which led to a 250% spike in traffic. Makes sense, since now dudes don’t feel like they’ll get fired if their supervisor walks by their screen.
At its height in 1972, the magazine saw its highest circulation at more than 7 million. At the end of 2014, Playboy’s circulation was just over 1 million, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.
Will numbers go back up with the relaunch in March? We’ll have to wait to see how this move plays out.

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