Playboy To Discontinue Nudity On Its Pages

Playboy magazine has announced the grandest change ever in its 62-year history: it will no longer publish pictures of women completely nude. Fans of the iconic magazine can now go ahead and say that they buy Playboy for its articles.

The announcement has turned all heads in the magazine and publishing industry. The magazine, famous for its female nude photography, is gearing up towards a redesign next March.

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The exclusion of the fully nude pics comes as a reaction after Playboy’s once exclusive pleasure is now cheaply available on many sites. Young men passing through the boiling stages of puberty once resorted to derive secret pleasures from Playboy, but the scenario has now changed.

“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. It’s just passé at this juncture,” says Scott Flanders, Playboy’s Chief Executive.

The magazine boasted a 5.6 million circulation in 1975 and is about 800,000 now. While Playboy’s peers have met with success in the online versions, it still lags behind because of the ubiquity of porn today.

According to Flanders, the nudity serves as a distraction and shrinks Playboy’s audience, rather than expanding it. It takes the focus off other elements that Playboy is good at.

The magazine also has a long history of published notable short stories by famous novelists. A similar strategy was undertaken at the Playboy.com site, and the tame environment ended up showing a four time rise in viewership.

“Don’t get me wrong, 12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it’s the right thing to do,” says Cory Jones, Playboy’s Top Editor.

Young men can now say that they are picking up Playboys honestly for reading. A Playmate will still be featured every month, but the stills will be closer to racy rather than extreme.

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