Friday, February 5, 2016

Playboy previews its first non-nude issue

Back in October, Playboy announced the unthinkable: that after 64 straight years starting with its first issue in December 1953 that featured a nude Marilyn Monroe in it, the magazine will abandon its nudity policy and feature scantily-clad women instead. Sacrilege! And a shame, really, since many a young man's introduction to naked women were courtesy of their dad's issue of Playboy. Then again, with nude women being easily accessible on internet--which was often rumored to be the cause of Playboy's dwindling circulation year after year, it's no surprise that the publication had to reinvent itself. Personally though, we feel like it's a step back to being a lad's mag in the same vein as FHM, Maxim, etc.



Anyway, Playboy is giving everyone a sneak peek at its restructured content starting with the March 2016 issue which will go on sale on February 12. For its very first non-nude cover, the magazine has model Sarah McDaniel. And perhaps as a nod to the internets which it could give credit for its non-nude turn, the cover has Sarah in a Snapchat-style photo. According to magazine, this was done "to present a more intimate experience for the reader." Sure, whatever you say, Playboy.

Besides McDaniel, the March 2016 issue also features Dree Hemingway, the daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway--who was also on the cover and featured in Playboy's April 1982 issue which we saw in our gradfather's collection!--and a great-granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway as the first non-nude Playmate in the magazine's history and model Myla Dalbesio.

To be fair to Playboy, yes, there's still some nudity, if by nudity you mean the women will be sans underwear. But to have the breasts and vagina--and even butt cracks--covered by strategically placed hands and arms is just too much. This is even worse than the 1960s when you didn't even show a woman's pubic hair! Such a shame, Playboy. Such a shame...


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