Playboy to Drop Nudes

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  1. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    I'd remarked in an earlier thread that I couldn't figure out why anyone would pay to have photos of naked women mailed to them each month. It seems like the same question has been troubling the good folks at Playboy itself:

    One way or another, Playboy Magazine has been a part of American (and world) culture, society, and (occasionally) politics since the late 1950s. Obviously its influence - along with its circulation - has declined in the Internet age.

    But I wonder what will become of Playboy without the nudes? It will still have pictorials of women in "suggestive poses" - which sounds a lot like Maxim and the other "lad mags". On the other hand, a lot of its editorial content aspires to compete in the lofty world of Esquire and GQ.
     
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    Now I can honestly say I read it for the articles.
     
  3. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    with porn online there's likely little need for them to pay the women. likely a big savings to their pocketbook.
     
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    I fail to see how this is supposed to save the magazine. Unless they're trying to appeal to a more conservative demographic that is appalled by nudity but has no problem looking at women posed provocatively. o_O
     
  5. vrDrew thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Playboy makes most of its money these days through licensing deals. Putting the little Bunny logo on everything from aftershave to t-shirts. The actual print magazine actually loses about $5 million annually - they describe it in the NY Times article as a "prestige" operation - like having a store on Fifth Avenue. And a lot of its revenue now comes from Asian markets where the nudity wasn't allowed at all.

    As I alluded to earlier, a non-nude Playboy is going to be competing with a bunch of different publications: "lad mags" like Maxim; to more focused periodicals such as Mens Health and Details; to higher-brow fare such as GQ and Esquire.

    Quite how Playboy fits in there, I don't know. Its unlikely, even given its decision to drop full nudity, that its going to start showing up in doctors waiting rooms. I just wonder if it still has the brand name appeal to attract (or recapture) the top-name writers who made the magazine such a powerful force in American culture a generation or two ago.
     
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    Hefner should either deep-six the mag, or rename it Played-out Boy.
     
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    Good one. Playboy, Inc. is a large enterprise and can probably survive without the print magazine, which should join Life, Colliers, and the Saturday Evening Post in that Great Archive in the Sky.
     
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    They say young urbanites with a job. TBH I've never really read or looked at PB for the women they but really do unconstrained interviews because they don't need to appeal to everyone.
     
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    Tag line for the new Playboy: No more sticky pages.
     
  10. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    I remember back when they had a satellite radio channel. My mother was mortified.

    Playboy seems like a dying thing to me.
     
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    They're trying to make it more like Maxim or Esquire so that it doesn't need to be hidden on a top shelf and can have wider distribution. May not save the magazine at all, but they're losing money on it anyway.
     
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