Now you’ll really have to read it for the articles.
Playboy Magazine has announced a rather drastic change to its business model. Starting next March, the classic pinup mag will no longer feature women in the nude.
Ravi Somaiya reports at the New York Times:
Playboy to Drop Nudity as Internet Fills Demand
Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.
In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning prints on the walls, Mr. Jones nervously presented a radical suggestion: the magazine, a leader of the revolution that helped take sex in America from furtive to ubiquitous, should stop publishing images of naked women.
Mr. Hefner, now 89, but still listed as editor in chief, agreed. As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude.
Its executives admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered. “That battle has been fought and won,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”
For a generation of American men, reading Playboy was a cultural rite, an illicit thrill consumed by flashlight. Now every teenage boy has an Internet-connected phone instead. Pornographic magazines, even those as storied as Playboy, have lost their shock value, their commercial value and their cultural relevance.
The article goes on to say that circulation has dropped drastically since the 1970’s. It’s difficult to see how this decision is going to solve that problem.
In the Associated Press video below, it’s a female commenter who makes the same point.
One food magazine has capitalized on this news with hilarious results. Via Twitchy:
— Bon Appetit Magazine (@bonappetit) October 13, 2015
Classy noods? Saucy noods? https://t.co/7YUMkKz6fr
— Ron Nurwisah (@boyreporter) October 13, 2015
i can't stop laughing https://t.co/0HUecl0Zup
— Ada (@adatweetsthings) October 13, 2015
This is the best tweet today, everyone else go home. https://t.co/V6UIydX6s7
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) October 13, 2015
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