Playboy Eliminates Nudity But Does Anyone Really Care?

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There was a time when Playboy was provocative and groundbreaking, but those days are long gone.

The New York Times reported Monday that moving forward, Playboy Magazine would no longer feature nude women.  This news was met with both binary and audible gasps from the apparently skin-enthused populous.  But the reality is, beyond the frame of the magazine changing what it is most known for on the surface, it’s really not a big deal  -and sans the steadfast status quo defenders, I don’t think people really care.

When Playboy Magazine was founded in 1953 and subsequently published its premiere issue featuring Marilyn Monroe it was innovative, progressive and controversial. Over 60 years later, however, the images in the magazine are decidedly more tame than a hypothetical Justin Bieber Snapchat.  In terms of satiating sexual desires in a visual format, the magazine has been an antiquated medium since shortly after the Apple IIc hit the market.  And furthermore, Playboy has, in a sense, done it’s job -it is no longer needed to be what it once was.  It was a publication that played a role in expanding sexual liberty and celebrating the female form, but its period of progression ended over two decades ago.

And pressing beyond a handful of technologically inept older men who will immediately scream about the liberals finally getting their hands on Playboy and thus, ruining it as they ruin everything, there are very few people who really care about this.  People say they do, sure, but when the change is made it will hit with far less impact than is anticipated.

Playboy is an actual magazine that publishes some great pieces, but most people know the publication primarily for its nudity.  If anything, this new approach frees Playboy up to bolster its position as a respected editorial magazine.  It’s a brazen move, but a smart one.

by Jesse Mechanic

 

 

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