Playboy to Stop Publishing Nude Photos

Most people just read it for the articles anyway.

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.

The New York Times is reporting that Playboy magazine will no longer publish nude photos of women. The change is expected to take place in March of 2016.

The magazine will still feature women in "provocative poses" but they will not be fully nude.

Playboy editor Cory Jones contacted founder and current editor in chief Hugh Hefner recently about dropping nude photos from the print edition and he agreed, the Times reported.

The change represents a major shift for the magazine, which broke new ground when Hefner created it and featured Marilyn Monroe on its debut cover in 1953.

There have been other changes at Playboy as well. "You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it's just passé at this juncture," said Scott Flanders, the company's chief executive.

The magazine's circulation has been dropping over the years, once measured in the millions, it's now around 800,000 reports Alliance for Audited Media.

Playboy is hoping to compete with younger outlets, said Flanders, and answer a "key" question: "if you take nudity out, what's left?"

Good question.

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