Reader Submission: Playboy Magazine Says Goodbye To Nude Photos

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CNN – The iconic men’s magazine Playboy says it is planning to drop fully nude female photography from its pages. In a letter to readers, the magazine predicted that everyone would be asking why, so it answered, “Playboy has been a friend to nudity, and nudity has been a friend to Playboy, for decades. The short answer is: times change.” Like so many other magazines, Playboy is reacting to the Internet revolution. In Playboy’s case, it is about the ubiquity of online pornography. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. It’s just passé at this juncture,” Playboy’s chief executive Scott Flanders told The New York Times, which first reported the news on Monday night. His comments sent shock waves through the magazine industry. Playboy, founded by Hugh Hefner, has been a controversial part of American popular culture since its debut in 1953. “Yes, we’re taking a risk by going non-nude,” the magazine said, “but this is a company—like all great companies—that has risk in its DNA.” Playboy has a circulation of around 800,000 — way down from its pre-Internet glory days when it boasted a circulation of many millions. By covering up the nude photos, the magazine hopes to appeal to a broader and younger audience both in print and online. The change will take effect in February when Playboy publishes its March issue. But the magazine will continue to show women in what it calls provocative poses — like Maxim, Esquire, GQ and other publications. Another competitor is Vice, an outlet that began as a print magazine and has since evolved into a multimedia juggernaut valued at more than $2 billion. Both Playboy and Vice target young men living in urban areas. “The difference between us and Vice,” Flanders told the Times, “is that we’re going after the guy with a job.” After the announcement on Monday night, commenters on social media pointed out that the removal of nude photos may boost the magazine’s articles. “The Playboy Interview has long been one of the greatest columns in the magazine world,” Politico media reporter Alex Weprin tweeted. “In some ways the rest of the magazine held it back.”

Written and Submitted By Dave Argust.

Playboy leaving the porn scene is questionable but something I can agree with. Porn is accessible to anyone that can hit the basic enter key on their keyboard and if you pay for porn you’re an idiot to put it in the simplest terms possible. Spokes people from Playboy say they are going to continue to display proactive pictures of women in their magazines but no “nude”.  This definitely will make the magazine more expectable in the household, but what kind of news stories are they going to share. This new change definitely has me wondering what is in store for Playboy and how they are going to target the workingman because that’s whom they are saying their demographic is trying to reach. I have a hard time believing they are going to have a product anything like GQ, Esquire, or Vice. Magazines have been a dying media outletfor the last 10 years. Will just have to wait until February to see what Playboy has in store. Maybe Zoe Pugh?

Written and Submitted By Dave Argust.

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Posted on October 13, 2015, in NEWS, Reader Submission. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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