“Forgotten Hollywood”- Reading Playboy For the Articles…

Posted on October 14, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

Pb1253   Playboy Magazine has decided it will no longer compete with internet photos and videos of naked women. Once considered racy, even obscene — Playboy is now viewed as benign. The 62-year-old periodical is undergoing a major revision, and will dispense with nude photographs when it re-launches in March. The change apparently has the approval of 89-year-old founder and editor-in-chief, Hugh Hefner. He’s widely considered an icon for the sexual revolution. Hef began his career as a journalist for Esquire.

   Marilyn Monroe (right) was an early participant in a conceptual development of Playboy, which legitimized the mag from the start. Others baring all (or most) on the pages of Playboy have included Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Barbi Benton, Cindy Crawford, and Pamela Anderson. The mag will still feature racy photos of women. Execs have yet to decide if it should continue to showcase a centerfold.

    The Playboy company currently makes most of its cash from licensing its brand, and the magazine loses around $3 million a year in the United States. The Playboy website got rid of nudes last year, which execs say caused traffic to quadruple to 16 million users a month. The age of the average user dropped from 47 to 30. The target demographic of the revamped Playboy will be young, urban men. Its print circulation, measuring at 5.6 million in 1975, is now about 800,000. The shift from nudity will be accompanied by other changes in the magazine, including a slightly larger size, and a heavier, higher quality of paper meant to give the magazine a more collectible feel. And analysts conclude that the removal of nudes will be a huge boost for its articles, including mainstream journalism and serious interviews.

   I can think of one longstanding source of humor that will become instantly obsolete. Hence, the title of this story…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 12:10 am and is filed under Blog by Manny Pacheco. You can follow any comments to this post through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

Bookmark this post:
Digg Del.icio.us Reddit Furl Google Bookmarks StumbleUpon Windows Live Technorati Yahoo MyWeb

Comments are closed.