Post by philobeddoe on Feb 15, 2016 10:59:47 GMT -5
I have had a subscription to Playboy since I was a freshman in college, that makes it 23 years and counting. First it was for the boobs, later it was for the articles...and the boobs. About four months ago Playboy announced that the February 2016 issue would be the last with nudity, that since magazine sales were down and apparently millennials get their boobs free from the Internet, that the format was past its sell by date. So, in an attempt to keep the magazine afloat and onto more newsstands, they have removed the nudity. Well, the March 2016 issue just reached my mailbox and...they changed everything, I mean everything, about Playboy. They essentially took the Hugh Hefners' essence completely out of it. I thought that they would try to compete with Esquire and GQ, but no, it's more like a low rent New Yorker that is aimed squarely at hipster millennials, with a little bit of no so risqué pics of women. I'm not bashing hipsters, it's just that this is now the new target audience that Playboy is apparently going after, the only problem with this new format is that millennials by a large do not buy paper magazines, at least not in the quantities that previous generations do, they tend to get their information, entertainment etc. largely off of the Internet. I always enjoyed the point of view of Playboy, it was aimed at men who admired the voluptuous shape of the female form and made no apologies for it; without being lascivious, like Penthouse or Hustler. If this new format sticks, and this issue is truly a taste of what the magazine has become, I will not be renewing my subscription, I really did not mind that they were taking out the nudity, what really bothers me is the they took out the Hef!