Playboy Is Going To Stop Publishing Nude Pictures

Hugh Hefner’s iconic Playboy (as if it needs an introduction) has decided, after 62 years in publication, to stop publishing images of nude women because the internet has kind of taken all the excitement out of it. It turns out we’ve reached a sort of apex of female nudity in our culture, and the magazine and its web counterpart are finding more success in scaling back on explicit sexuality.

The magazine’s web site pulled nudity in August 2014 in an effort to make the site more safe-for-work and shareable on Facebook and Twitter, and in return, the age of their average reader dropped from 47 to a little over 30, and their traffic increased from 4 million views per month to 16 million. I mean, wow.

Playboy will still feature sexually provocative images, but the models won’t be fully nude. They don’t know if they’ll have a centerfold every month, yet. And the magazine will be increasing its reportage on alcohol as well as bringing back the investigative journalism for which it was once known.

This makes me think of that dope-ass Peaches interview in which she described the skimpy-but-not-naked outfits Miley Cyrus wore at the VMA’s as “a contest of how close you can get to being naked without being naked,” and said, “Just get fucking naked. Why do we have these problems? Really all we have is our bodies.” Maybe our culture has finally had its fill of nudity and is starting to work backward, if Playboy is no longer actually a nudie mag.

 

[New York Times]
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