To be fair, Playboy wasn't showing much nudity in recent years anyway. It was more like computer generated graphics of various stages of undress. Still, I'll miss inconspicuously tearing off the magazine's plastic cover while loitering in Barnes and Noble. Hey, this is what happens when you lose readership and fail to develop a scratch-and-sniff version of your magazine. Let's just hope Plumpers and Barely Legal don't follow suit. From The New York Times:
Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.
In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning prints on the walls, Mr. Jones nervously presented a radical suggestion: the magazine, a leader of the revolution that helped take sex in America from furtive to ubiquitous, should stop publishing images of naked women.
Mr. Hefner, now 89, but still listed as editor in chief, agreed. As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude.