No more nudes! Playboy to stop publishing images of naked women

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Hugh Hefner has finally agreed to stop publishing naked women in Playboy magazine.

No, the 89-year-old hasn’t had developed a feminist streak, but has cottoned on to the fact that pretty much anyone can access nude images of women, for free, on the Internet.

The revelation came from an interview with Playboy’s CEO Scott Flanders in the New York Times. Flanders said: “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

Of course, had Flanders been able to convince Hefner sooner, Playboy’s circulation may not have dropped to 800,000.

Now the redesigned mag – which will go nude-less from March 2016 – is going for a younger, streetwise, urban crowd.

“The difference between us and Vice,” said Flanders, “is that we’re going after the guy with a job.”

(But not the girl with a job, presumably.)

Other changes include a more “realistic look” to the images. There’ll still be a Playmate of the Month spread, but the pictures will have PG-12 rating and be more like Instagram – “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” according to Flanders.

Read the full interview in the New York Times

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