Playboy to Stop Publishing Photos of Nude Women

It revolutionized the sexual revolution, but Playboy magazine will stop featuring photos of nude women beginning in March, founder Hugh M. Hefner has decreed, as reported by The New York Times.

According to The Times, the 89-year-old Mr. Hefner was approached by magazine editor Cory Jones about a major shift in the magazine’s output by removing the naked photos — all but a staple of the publication’s pages.

Figures cited in the story said the magazine’s circulation peaked at 5.6 million in 1975 but is now less than 1 million. Adult-related publishing — all of publishing — has taken a hit because of the proliferation of online content.

“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passe at this juncture,” Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive, told the newspaper.