Ravi Somaiya, reporting for the NYT:
Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its
founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.
In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning prints
on the walls, Mr. Jones nervously presented a radical suggestion:
the magazine, a leader of the revolution that helped take sex in
America from furtive to ubiquitous, should stop publishing images
of naked women.
Mr. Hefner, now 89, but still listed as editor in chief, agreed.
As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print
edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses.
But they will no longer be fully nude.
Insert joke here about reading Playboy for the articles.
Playboy’s heyday was before my time, but at its height, it had remarkable reach:
Playboy’s circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to
about 800,000 now, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.
Many of the magazines that followed it have disappeared. Though
detailed figures are not kept for adult magazines, many of those
that remain exist in severely diminished form, available mostly in
specialist stores. Penthouse, perhaps the most famous Playboy
competitor, responded to the threat from digital pornography by
turning even more explicit. It never recovered.
Compare a circulation of 5.6 million in 1975 to this list of top U.S. magazine circulations from 2013.
★ Tuesday, 13 October 2015