Going forward, women may still be semi-revealed in photographs, but the aesthetic will be sleeker, “more accessible,” and “more intimate” according to Jones.
editor Cory Jones approached the magazine’s 89-year-old editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner last month, who then agreed.
The decision was a matter of logistics: given the proliferation of internet porn and the generalized decline of adult magazines, Playboy has lost the edge and exclusivity that made it so alluring to generations of American men.
“That battle has been fought and won,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive said.
“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free.
And so it’s just passé at this juncture.” was more than just a girly mag.
It featured seriously badass women on its covers, among them Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Mariah Carey, Sally Field, Chelsea Handler, Barbara Streisand, Marge Simpson, and Dolly Parton, who is also a once published stories by the likes of Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami, as well as interviews with Malcolm X, Vladimir Nabokov, Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps de-emphasizing nudity in Playboy marks a renewed commitment to that literary and journalistic heritage.
Their website is already nudity-free and online traffic is faring better for it.
After phasing out NSFW content, executives said, the average age of its reader dropped from 47 to about 30 years old and unique visitors per month quadrupled.
While many video games have used scantily clad images or characters to sell or enhance games, some go further, using sex acts or nudity as a character motivation, in-game reward, or simply as a gameplay element.