BLOGPlayboy Isn’t Publishing Nude Photos Anymore: Why That’s Not Necessarily A Win

By Alliance Defending Freedom Posted on: | October 20, 2015
By: Emily Conley

Last week, Playboy announced in an interview in the New York Times that they will no longer be publishing nude photos. But hold the confetti – why the big change?

Did Mr. Hefner realize that it’s wrong to objectify and exploit women?

Did the women asked to pose for Playboy defend their own dignity and refuse to sacrifice it for the sake of fame?

Did Mr. Hefner realize that the “revolution” credited to his publication launched a $13 billion industry that has destroyed millions of relationships, torn apart families, sold thousands into slavery, and infected all of society?

No, no, and yes – but not in the way you’d expect. Mr. Hefner does realize what his revolution has wrought, and in the company’s chief executive Scott Flanders’ words, “That battle has been fought and won.”

Playboy isn’t publishing pornography anymore because they don’t need to. Their goal of “just revolutioniz[ing] the whole direction of how we live, of our lifestyles and the kind of sex you might have in America,” has succeeded. Succeeded a little too well – to the point that now, they’re drowned out by the roar of their own machine.

“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free,” said Scott Flanders, “And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

In fact,

And that was all before apps like Snapchat and Periscope made viewing free porn even easier to find and harder to track.

While I could overwhelm you with statistics, I probably don’t need to convince you that porn is a serious problem; it’s likely already affected your life in some way, either through a spouse, your kids, or your own experience. But the consequences of rampant pornography in our society extend well beyond the walls of your home.   

Despite every shampoo and soap company producing female empowerment commercials and campaigns like He for She going viral, the sad reality is that girls are still growing up today in a society where about half of the most-purchased porn contains verbal aggression and 88% contains physical aggression toward women.

In a review of pornography research conducted for the Surgeon General in 1986, a researcher concluded:

“Pornographic scripts dwell on sexual engagements of parties who have just met, who are in no way attached or committed to each other, and who will part shortly, never to meet again . . . Sexual gratification in pornography is not a function of emotional attachment, of kindness, of caring, and especially not of continuance of the relationship, as such continuance would translate into responsibilities, curtailments, and costs . . .”

No commitment. No kindness. No caring.

This is the “revolution” Playboy started with that first magazine in 1953. And now? In 2015, the insatiable monster they created has overtaken them. In the future, it could even bankrupt them.

So, what is Playboy’s future?

Because the Playboy brand is as memorable as Nike or Apple, they will continue to make money through licensing products. By removing nudity, they hope to attract advertisers to the magazine, which loses about $3 million a year. But as New York Times article said, “[Mr. Hefner feels] that the magazine remains relevant, not least because the world has gradually adopted Mr. Hefner’s libertarian views on a variety of social issues. Asked whether Mr. Hefner’s views on women were the exception to that rule, Mr. Flanders responded that Mr. Hefner had ‘always celebrated the beauty of the female figure.’”

Umm, thank you?

We can do so much better than just celebrating women’s figures. Let’s champion the incredible contributions of the women in our lives, defend the dignity of those exploited, and pursue freedom for those who are enslaved by pornography.

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