No More Nudes!: Playboy Will No Longer Feature Naked Women

No more naked women? On Monday, it was announced that Playboy would no longer feature nude shots of models starting next year.

So what caused the iconic magazine to change its tune? A lot of it comes down to numbers and a changing world. In 1975, Playboy had a circulation of about 5.6 million, but currently it’s at just around 800,000, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.

This massive drop in circulation, as it turns out, has a lot to do with the Internet. With free pornography available at just the click of a mouse and easily accessible on the smart phones we all seem to possess, paying for Playboy just isn’t at the top of people’s priorities anymore.

Playboy will be revamping its magazine to now focus on articles. There will still be racy images, but no full-on nude shots. According to The New York Times, the magazine will “continue its tradition of investigative journalism, in-depth interviews and fiction.”  

So what do you think, collegiettes – is Playboy better off without their iconic images of naked women?

Lee Martin is a 20-year-old junior at Christopher Newport University majoring in Communication Studies with minors in Leadership and Women's & Gender Studies. She co-founded CNU's chapter of Her Campus and currently serves as Co-Campus Correspondent/Editor-in Chief, as well as a Chapter Advisor to five other campuses. As a journalist, she has written for The Oyster Pointer, The Winchester Star, and worked with National Student Leadership Conference's Journalism, Film & Media Arts program. When not writing, you can find her binging on chocolate and coffee while laughing at Parks and Rec or The Office. If you must read her silly musings, follow her on Twitter at @loveleeforlife

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