…that “Playboy” will stop showing full nudity from March 2016. Good–heartedness or evolution has nothing to do with it. It’s all about declining circulation numbers (from millions to today’s 800 000) when porn is just a click away online.
Also, the magazine will still feature spreads of women in ‘provocative’ [according to The Telegraph] and ‘alluring’ [according to The Hollywood Reporter] poses. Tomato, tomahto, anyone?!
The 17-year-old me on a public beach in the 80’s would have been the only one with a bikini-top on. (Yes, be quiet! I know this is a contradiction to the text I’m writing but I’ve always been a bit of a prude. So there, I’ve said it!)
What a backlash she would have thought. On this warm, beautiful 80’s beach during the post punk-time-traveling DeLoreans-Wham!-glasnost-Margaret Thatcher-era, surrounded by topless women everywhere she would have exclaimed: “How 70s!”
What happened in the last thirty years that made us so forbidding and in a way so suppressed anno Domini 2015?
Forbidding against nudity, against obesity, against poor begging people, against ugly kitchens, against not being productive enough at work (I mean what happened to that shy oddball janitor every office used to have on its payroll?), against people who deliver “rude” remarks and opinions [insert subject-matter/topic of own choice], against smokers, against Lena Dunham’s not gym enhanced body type, against meat lovers, against people like me who hate to recycle plastic and my biodegradable food waste? (But still do it meticulously because I don’t want to be evicted. Yes, I am a coward. So there, another confession!)
It certainly can’t be that we are more enlightened, because we are still torturing and killing each other like it was the most lucrative wholesale business in the world. We still build fences around our borders to keep refugees out. We still make and export weapons. We still abuse children and refuse them education. We still let them die of famine. Just for God’s sake — yep, there I went off and offended, insulted and probably violated someone with any kind of faith too — don’t do it naked and smoking while you throw an old light bulb in your food waste.