Why I don’t think Playboy should have abandoned its nudity

I was browsing Reddit when I came upon this article by Playboy; the Reddit link titling it, ‘Playboy is becoming a trash feminist magazine.’  Now, I didn’t read the article at the moment.  I believe I clicked on it and noticed that Ed Sheeran was on it, and that was all.  I later did read a little more than the first paragraph but then stopped.  I’m not interested in talking about Ed Sheeran.  I’m not interested in talking about how Playboy may or may not be becoming a trash feminist magazine.  What I am interested in talking about is the somewhat recent change behind Playboy and its choice to abandon its nudity and how this may affect the culture of growing young boys, and I guess you could say all men.  However, I do think this affects young boys the most.

For a long time, Playboy was the gold standard for female glamour photography featuring tasteful female nudes.  In its prime, during the likes of Pamela Anderson and countless celebrities, Playboy was known for its prestige and, well, I’m no expert on Playboy, but I assume it was personalized in a way that fed into this more elegant, proper, and exciting lifestyle of money, class, and style.  It was the type of magazine you may find associated with the likes of top shelf brandy, rare cigars, and high society.  Of course, Playboy reached a point where it became associated with reality television, marketing a life of mansions and unnecessary drama much like all of reality television which may have marked the beginning of its downfall into whatever it is today: pandering to a wider and wider audience of people and trying to follow trends instead of setting them.  Playboy once led the culture of what everyone believed to be top shelf everything: top shelf women, resorts, humor, and perspective.  Now, it seeks to follow the current culture which is never very good for marketing.  It shows that it no longer has central steadfast values.  This has effects on our society, and because Playboy was once a platform that sought to depict the epitome of beauty, lust, and sex, without it, our younger generation of boys will suffer.

Today, the biggest news regarding female nudity isn’t the tasteful college centerfold, or how a celebrity made the leap to disrobe in front of a camera.  Today, the biggest news regarding nudity is ‘The Fappening.’  Hundreds of women who did not consent to take their clothes off for everyone to see are appeasing our young boys with their naked bathroom selfies.  These private photos are currently fulfilling the outlet for horny boys all across America and overseas in other countries.  Not only that, the easy accessibility of a litany of porn is the driving force that curbs the appetite for young horny boys everywhere.  Porn: fantasies about young girls being tricked into having sex on a casting call, college dorm orgies, and the more and more extreme and explicit section of an already explicit media.  I’m talking about bondage and the likes made popular by The Fifty Shades genres.  These are the new aspirations for boys.  No longer will boys seek the glorified lifestyle of fashion forward, lapel wearing, top shelf liquor, and the high society that was once the symbol of Playboy when it knew who it wanted to be.  Now, we’ve built a generation of boys who aspire to reaping a collage of naked bathroom selfies, and who grow more and more interested in the dishonest mischievous men who seek to take advantage of the naivety and desperation of young women.

You may not like what Playboy stood for.  But, I’m sure you much less prefer the current alternative.

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