End of an Era
Growing up, Playboy was the naughty magazine that was wrapped and tucked behind the counter. For the last 62 years, boys and men alike have been hiding their coveted issues underneath mattresses; Playboy’s infamous bunny icon and glamourous Playboy Bunnies have become a part of mainstream culture; and even the man behind it all, Hugh Hefner, has become famous for his silk red robe and parties at the Mansion.
That’s why it was all the more newsworthy when Playboy recently announced that the magazine will undergo a redesign next March. While it will continue to focus on sex and feature sexualized photos of women, they will now be clothed and presented in a more sophisticated way. This is an end of an era for a magazine that has featured nude photos of famous faces such as Marilyn Monroe, Betty Paige, and Anna Nicole Smith. CEO Scott Flanders credits the Internet’s easy (and free) access to various sexual acts for the magazine’s redesign, calling the printing of uncensored images “passé.”
I guess one good thing to come out of it is that now every dad, brother and boyfriend will actually be reading the magazine for “the articles.”
Posted by Christina V.