Playboy is getting rid of its nudity OR: How the digital world is affecting print

 

I’m not a massive reader of Playboy, or any porn mags for that matter, but I’ve always seen it as this…well, reasonably classy enterprise that offers up some tantalising thrill while going into the topics of current affairs of the world.

Playboy’s first issue hit the shelves in the 1950’s – take a look at this.

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Marilyn Monroe, Playboy 1953

Nudity wasn’t saturated at all back then, as it is today with TV shows getting more daring and of course, the existence of the internet.

Back then, your favourite starlet or model or newcomer nude was a complete shock. I mean, I am an eighties child but I can only imagine what sexuality and sensuality was like around this era. So the sprinkling of nudity in a centrefold or what have you would’ve been something special.

And the thing is, for my money, Playboy was never trashy. I mean, I can’t say that with upmost confidence because I haven’t followed its entire run. But when I caught an issue, either online or by a news article depicting an actress nude, it was always tasteful, with tan lines, artistic shots and real ladies.

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But times, they are a-changing and now, nudity isn’t profitable, to be frank. Now, you are one click away from it, as opposed to finding it in a mag. Now it’s on your TV. So what’s a massive enterprise like Playboy to do?

Get rid of its nudity.

You know, I can’t help but feel a tiny bit sad. I mean, I would rather look at a mag full of curvy, BBW ladies but out of what was on offer to the targeted demographic, it was probably one of the best, being classy and taking on mythic proportions.

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It’s so much the nudity because I am sure the women will still shine in provocative poses (although will a lack of nudity remove the challenge for the photographer to be tasteful and artsy?) but it’s the fact that the digital world is taking over. Bookshops are closing down, major magazines are going online. Things are changing, maybe for the better, maybe not, I don’t know.

Anyone here a reader of a sexual mag? Anyone recall the intimacy or perhaps wonder at tearing open a mag? Would you still feel as enthralled or mystified if you just download it on your iPad? Because I’ve tried that. And I don’t.

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Pamela Anderson, Playboy 2016

Maybe digital is more cost effective, maybe it’s easier than storing stacks of magazine but the reader in me and I guess the romantic in me just feels somewhat conflicted.

Ah well.

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2 thoughts on “Playboy is getting rid of its nudity OR: How the digital world is affecting print

  1. It will be a different magazine for sure. But for many of us, who grew up with Playboy, it was, and will still be, a class act. Yes, as a pimply faced, pubescent teen in the early sixties, Playboy was about the nudes and a glimpse of what was forbidden. But as we grew, matured, and understood, Playboy taught us, the things our parents were too ashamed of, too embarrassed, or too naive, to talk to us about. We were exposed to writers that wouldn’t be allowed in HS English Literature class, humor that wouldn’t be found on the drug store comic book rack, and advice on how to treat a woman, while making her feel as she should, beautiful and important. When my subscription came up for renewal last year, it had already been announced that nudes would be no longer in the magazine. Without hesitation, it was easy to renew. As stated before, I always felt Playboy was a class act. I will miss the women who choose to share themselves. If one of them were my daughter, I would be proud, that I had instilled a sense of pride, and a free spiritedness in who she was, to the effect that she was confident enough to follow her heart and believe in herself. Looking forward to what the next fifty years Of Playboy will offer up to us………

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