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Playboy to Stop Publishing Nude Photos: "It's Just Passé"

It really will be about the articles going forward

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Sadie Gennis

It really will be about the articles going forward. Playboy has announced that the magazine will stop publishing nude photos.

"The battle has been fought and won. You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And it's just passé at this juncture," Playboy's Chief Executive Scott Flanders told The New York Times.

The decision to stop publishing nudity follows the company's decision to drop nudity on its website in August 2014. As a result, Playboy executives said the average age of their readers dropped nearly 17 years and their traffic jumped from 4 million to 16 million unique users per month.

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The magazine will still feature provocative photos of women and a Playmate of the Month, but the photos will be more "PG-13." Additionally, the magazine will continue to feature investigative journalism, as well as promote visual artists and a sex column written by a "sex-positive female." However, whether there will still be a Playboy centerfold is up for debate.