"Internet Porn Makes Nudity Irrelevant."

I was reading through some tweets yesterday and came across one about Playboy no longer including nudity in its magazine. I was sure it was nonsense so I followed the link and read the article. Still kind of reminded me of something from the Onion but it turns out to be true. I have not seen an actual copy of the magazine in years and will admit I am surprised it has survived.


I laughed on many different levels. I looked up the press release, it used different wording but it does appear to be true. It is a year off so at least they will likely experience a huge surge around the announcement. Surge as in sales and publicity. The first article I read was written more casually and claimed the internet screwed everything up. I am sure it did.

Growing up in the 70's Playboy was part of the educational process, somewhere in the same realm of National Geographic and taking all the clothes off GI Joe and Barbie.

Now days any kid with an Ipod or a tin can with an internet connection can stumble across any amount of hard core material, much less nudity, with little effort. This in itself is a legitimate concern for parents but it honestly would not surprise me if a modern Sears catalog or Old Navy commercial is as R rated as Playboy was when I was a kid.

I think of how much creativity the kids of today are being robbed of by not being challenged with the search for their parents secret stash. Many studies have been written over the years about the differences in generations and the general evolution away from ambition toward ambivalence. I may have stumbled upon a root cause the researchers missed.

Kids are not being challenged enough.


One of my childhood friends had to stack a step stool on a chair to access the secret stash in her parents closet. I realize this is only one example, but look at how many life skills she was learning. Problem solving, tenacity, logistics, physical fitness, stealth, mathematics, a little engineering and this is all before the biology or anatomy even began. Contrast this against the same kid sitting on the couch consuming solid corn syrup in some form, pushing a button on her phone. No challenge. I don't have time to conduct a formal study but it is not necessary, I have done in ten minutes what countless millions in federal money and dozens of universities would take years to accomplish.

In the early days of the internet, porn was about the only profitable industry. Back when everyone with a hand full of money scrambled to monetize this grand new technology, the sex peddlers successfully led the way.
All these years later it hardly seems possible. The internet has woven itself into just about everything and companies who now have found a way to profit from it are innumerable. Additional irony? I find one of the reasons Playboy actually states for the change is a huge surge in popularity after relaunching Playboy.com as a work friendly publication without nudity. Does any one else understand why I am laughing? Oh gosh. This makes my head spin.

The next laughing point I had was when I continued writing headlines in none other than my head. "Internet Porn Makes Nudity Irrelevant." I see a lot to this. "Internet Porn Ruins Playboy". I ran through several and it brought up the question of what if it were true?

What if the over abundance of sex in every form, everywhere you look had really run its course. It is total nonsense but the whole thing makes me think and definitely has been good for some laughs.


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