Why Playboy’s Decision to No Longer Feature Nude Photos

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An end of an era

Playboy has finally made the decision that it should have made many, many years ago. No more nude photos. I don’t say this because I’m anti–nude photos. In fact, I’m a big fan of nude photos. I’m saying this because we live in a world where all the world’s porn is like three mouse clicks away, and most of it is totally free. In a world like that, Playboy is redundant at best and embarrassing at worst.

The story comes via The New York Times, which sums things up thusly:

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.

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