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.