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:
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.