Changing times

Playboy magazine will no longer feature nude women

The first issue of Playboy magazine, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

As part of an editorial redesign, to be unveiled in March 2016, Playboy magazine has announced they are doing away with nude centerfolds. The magazine “will still feature women in provocative poses,” according to the New York Times, but not fully nude.

The publication’s website stopped running nude images in August 2014, followed by a jump in unique users of the site, from 4 million per month to around 16 million, and a drop in the average reader age from 47 to just over 30. The changes are taking place at a time when pornographic content is widely available online.

In the “more modern” magazine, the sex columnist will be a “sex-positive female,” writing enthusiastically about sex, according to top editor Cory Jones.

Playboy was founded in 1953 by a team led by Hugh Hefner. “If you’re a man between the ages of 18 and 80, Playboy is meant for you,” Hefner wrote in his first editor’s letter. “We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex …”

Marilyn Monroe featured on the cover.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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