Playboy to stop publishing nude photos

LOOKS like we will finally be able to see just how many people read Playboy for the articles, with the magazine set to cease printing pictures of naked women.

The adult magazine, which has been around since 1953, says easy access to such images online means they are “passe”.

The decision came after a top editor of the magazine met with its founder, Hugh Hefner, at the Playboy Mansion last month, according to chief executive Scott Flanders.


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Starting in March, Playboy’s revamped print edition will still include photographs of women in provocative poses.

They just won’t be nude any more, Flanders told The New York Times, adding that such pictures have become “passe” in the internet age.

“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passe at this juncture,” new editor Cory Jones said.

With pornographic images now so readily available online, and accessible through a variety of platforms, Playboy is selling fewer and fewer copies.

The American edition of the magazine, which through the decades has featured Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, Goldie Hawn and Madonna on its cover, now operates at a loss, chief executive Scott Flanders said, but global copies bring in a profit.

The magazine’s circulation decreased from 5.6 million in 1975 to about 800,000 now, the Times said, citing Alliance for Audited Media figures.

Other editorial changes in the Playboy rebrand include a “sex-positive female” writing a sex column, art and more coverage of liquor.

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