We Read It Only for the Articles Anyway — Why Playboy Still Gets it Wrong

The first issue of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe, left, and a boxed DVD set of Playboy magazines from the 1950's are shown in New York on Monday, July 16, 2007. The $100 boxed DVD, produced by Bondi Digital Publishing, will be available in retail outlets on Nov. 2, or online at covertocover.com. Bondi Digital Publishing has also produced cover-to-cover archives of Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The first issue of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe, left, and a boxed DVD set of Playboy magazines from the 1950’s are shown in New York on Monday, July 16, 2007. The $100 boxed DVD, produced by Bondi Digital Publishing, will be available in retail outlets on Nov. 2, or online at covertocover.com. Bondi Digital Publishing has also produced cover-to-cover archives of Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) — from The Atlantic’s article

Today Playboy announced that it will not longer be featuring full-on female nudity in its print circulation. Check out the statement and the reasons behind it here:

Read It for the Articles

On the surface, some of us might be rejoicing that an exploitative empire is finally crumbling to its knees.

To be fair, Playboy did engage difficult issues from poverty to food production to climate change and interviewed many valued voices in contemporary society. Only these voices were side-by-side with pornographic images of women, so the message of social justice diminished greatly with the flaunting of female exploitation.

As of March 2016, Playboy will only feature women dressed provocatively as opposed to full on nudity and pornography. So whether clothed or unclothed, Playboy is still setting women on display.

Still defining sexuality for the masses.

Still setting up impossible standards of beauty and sex.

Still trumpeting that sex is a commodity, and that we are entitled to consume, consume, consume for a price.

Playboy is correct in realizing that free online porn is vastly out-pacing print porn rags. Their move is strictly business, knowing that consumers are getting all kinds of porn for free.

But let’s be real: Playboy still get’s it wrong. Women are still sexual Christmas trees put on display for people with coin. The format of its magazines may be changing, but their ethic and vision certainly have not. Their¬†definition of female empowerment is only rampant sexual consumerism, clothed or unclothed.

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