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Playboy Drops Nudes, Because Guys No Longer Jack Off to Magazines

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

In a massive but necessary move, Playboy has revealed it will stop publishing naked pictures of women. It's a blow to pervy old men, but not a huge one. After all, it's now easier than ever to lay your hands on dirty content.

"You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," said Scott Flanders, Playboy's chief executive, possibly with a sad smile plastered across his face. "The difference between us and Vice is that we're going after the guy with a job." The Playboy website dropped nudity last year, and did so to great effect, so Hefner and co hope a similar move will reinvigorate the print version of the magazine this time around. It's set to re-launch next March, though provocative pictures of women will still feature. Nakedness is a no-go, however.

Chief content office Cory Jones has been credited with suggesting the change in direction, though editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner also accepts it's the best move for the magazine. In its heyday, Playboy sold millions of copies, though its circulation is now said to be around 800,000. [NYT]

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