It's the end of an era for Playboy (which we totally only ever read for the articles). The mag announced Oct. 13 that they plan to stop printing nude photos.
No nudes in Playboy? Seriously!? Definitely a first in Playboy's 62-year-history. Since 1953, the mag's mainstay has been Bunnies/Playmates/other steamy stylistic hallmarks with a smattering of hard-hitting journalism, interviews, and original fiction.
Last year, the site relaunched in a new safe-for-work format: more videos, long-form articles, stories - still nudes, of course, but in a style that's more provocative than explicitly pornographic.
But it's tough to be an adult magazine in 2015. According to the BBC, Playboy's circulation has fallen from 5.6 million in the 1970s to the current 800,000.
The less-is-more rebrand seems like something they just had to do: witness Penthouse, which filed for bankruptcy in 2003 after unsuccessfully trying to buoy plummeting sales with more explicit content.
"We are, and always have been, "entertainment for men" [...] a cultural arbiter of beauty, taste, opinion, humor and style," Playboy wrote on their site. The no-nudes policy is a reflection of a simple fact: times have changed since the 1950s.
Playboy chief executive Scott Flanders sums it up.
"You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," chief executive Scott Flanders told the New York Times. "And so it's just passé at this juncture."
Seeing as our lifestyle writing at Civilized has been compared favorably to Playboy, we dig the new direction.
The revamped, no-nude March 2016 issue of Playboy hits newsstands in February.