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In straight guy news: Playboy will ditch nudity in the near future.

The print edition of the magazine will cease publishing images of naked women early next year, The New York Times reports. The more SFW makeover is part of a larger overhaul of the publication, expected to be rolled out in March.


Playboy editor Cory Jones is responsible for instigating the changes, the Times says. He reportedly hammered out the details with 89-year-old founder Hugh Hefner in September.

L to R: Professional wrestler Sable's Sept. 1999 Playboy cover, Drew Barrymore's Jan. 1995 Playboy cover (Photos by Playboy/Getty Images)
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Launched in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe on the cover, the mag will still feature photos of women; they'll just be more "PG-13." The revamped Playboy will continue to include investigative journalism, interviews, and fiction, as well as a new sex column written by a "sex-positive female"—which must be Playboy for "sex-positive woman."

The redesign was prompted, in part, by a dwindling circulation—only 800,000 people currently subscribe to Playboy, down from 5.6 million in 1975. The ubiquity of porn on the internet was also a factor.


"You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," Playboy exec Scott Flanders told the Times. "It’s just passé at this juncture."

Back to not thinking about Playboy I go!

Bad at filling out bios seeks same.