After one buttoned-up year, Playboy is bringing nude photographs back to its magazine.
Cooper Hefner, the son of magazine founder Hugh Hefner, announced the move on Twitter Monday saying, "I'll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake."
Playboy published its first non-nude issue in March 2016 and prior to that had launched a safe-for-work Playboy Now app. But its latest, the March/April 2017 issue, available on Playboy.com and on newstands Feb. 28., brings back nudity.
They're also bringing back the Playboy Party Jokes section. Thank goodness. But they're getting rid of the "Entertainment for Men" subtitle on the cover.
Meh. It's not 1977. I can't see how this matters a whit. What do you think?
Post by nighttimer on Feb 14, 2017 11:06:02 GMT -5
Even before the switch-up, Playboy (even the name is passe) was played out. Returning to tastefully airbrushed nudity doesn't buy the mag a second life. Softcore skin rags were killed off by the abundance of all the free porn on the Internet.
Playboy going back to the old skin game won't change the fact its had its day and it's long gone.
Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me. Audre Lorde
Human beings cannot be willed and molded into non-existence. Angela Davis
I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do. James A. Baldwin
I still prefer to read books in print (though I love my kindle for reading while traveling and commuting). I absorb the information better, and retain more of it, and I enjoy the beauty of language more. For me, at least, I experience them differently. I think there are enough of us like that so that there is some future for books in print. But then, I tend to only buy books I think I'm going to want to keep and look into again. I don't buy beach reads.
But magazines and newspapers in print -- yeah, I don't see much future in that. Even for publications I enjoy, I really don't want piles of them to stack up for recycling, and I hate getting newsprint all over my fingers.
Like many things these days, Playboy magazine is shutting down, perhaps forever.
The brand’s CEO, Ben Kohn, announced the print magazine would be halting its 66-year run in an open letter published Wednesday.
Citing changing “media consumption habits” that have long threatened print media as well as new and mounting threats to all manner of supply and production posed by the growing coronavirus fallout, Kohn announced Playboy made the decision to end publication for the year with the Spring 2020 issue. And while Kohn only specified that the issue would be the last of 2020, the state of both print media and our bleak economy renders any future resuscitation of the traditional print product rather unlikely.
Not sure why they don't just go to an online-only model with ads and/or low-price subscriptions. The only real or unique draw that their nude spreads have is when they're able to get someone rather well-known (i.e., celebrity of some sort) to do a photo-shoot. If someone just wants to see tits these days, the internet is much easier and has a much wider selection.