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Breaking News: Playboy To Remove Full Nudity From Magazine

By October 13, 2015 February 14th, 2017 No Comments

Imagine McDonald’s ditching the Big Mac, Kleenex getting out of the tissue business, and Starbucks deciding to serve hot chocolate only.

Crazy, right? In no imaginable universe would these staples in our society switch things up by altering the very products that made them famous. Well, brace yourself because we are now living in a world where just that has happened.

The news released earlier today sounds like an internet farce—but it is actually true.

Playboy is removing nudity from its pages.

For over 60 years, the iconic “gentlemen’s magazine”, which pioneered the normalization of pornography in society, has peddled its centerfolds of fully nude women across generations. But now, Playboy is shocking the world by putting (some) clothes on its centerfolds from here on out.

Starting in March of next year, Playboy will no longer feature full nudity in its pages, as part of a massive overhaul of the publication, Playboy said in a statement.

Playboy called it a “redesign,” a “reimagined Playboy magazine [that] will include a completely modern editorial and design approach, and, for the first time in its history, will no longer feature nudity in its pages.” It promised to “continue to publish sexy, seductive pictorials of the world’s most beautiful women, including its iconic Playmates, all shot by some of today’s most renowned photographers.”

The New York Times first broke the story early this morning and interviewed several Playboy executives who admitted that the magazine has been tamed, marginalized, and overthrown by the popularity and normalization of hardcore internet porn.

“That battle has been fought and won,” said Playboy’s chief executive in the article. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

So while the magazine will still feature plenty of airbrushed women in suggestive poses, they will now be “scantily clad” rather than fully nude. The company cleaned up its website last year and saw traffic quadruple. Now Playboy is going to do the same with its magazine, which can still be found inside plastic wrappers and behind protective blinders at convenience stores and gas stations across the country.

With the well-documented porn culture that has become a part of our daily lives today, this giant reversal by Playboy makes sense. The magazine essentially cannibalized itself by making pornography routine, which inevitably created competitors in the porn market. Playboy was quickly locked in a head to head battle with other magazines who began featuring more graphic female nudity, which pushed Playboy to also become more extreme to stay in the game, according to “Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality,” by Gail Dines, Bob Jensen and Ann Russo.

Playboy eventually toned down its photos to try and retrieve its former “girl next door” reputation, but it was too late for a business that would eventually face the ultimate executioner: the internet. Suddenly, the most graphic porn imaginable was all available online, completely free. Soon, Playboy’s print circulation, which was at an incredible 5.6 million in 1975, tanked to its present figure of 800,000.

“In the end, Playboy crashed against two immovable barriers,” wrote John Biggs of TechCrunch. “First, the Internet made porn commonplace and Playboy’s brand of erotica or ‘pictorials’ as tame as a church pot luck. Second, none of the major carriers of online content allow porn to be sold through their stores.”

Regardless of personal opinions on the issue of pornography, the fact remains: internet porn has changed the game forever. By being educated on what this new drug is doing to our society as a whole, we can understand its far reaching effects. Watch the video below to see how porn has changed throughout the course of human history and what our understanding of it has led to:

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