Playboy is bringing nude photos back, according to an announcement from the magazine’s newest chief executive officer Monday.
Connor Hefner, the 25-year-old son of 90-year-old Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, called the 2015 decision to remove nude photos from the magazine a “mistake.”
“Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem,” he tweeted. “Today we are taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are.” He followed up with a #NakedIsNormal hashtag on social media.
Ironically, the men’s magazine’s first “Nude’s are back!” issue for April/March 2017 will feature a spread on “Free the Nipple,” a global feminist movement fighting for women’s rights to expose their breast nipples in public. The movement argues women exposing their nipples in public should be as normalized as men showing their nipples in public, because only then can true equality be attained.
The men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine features naked women because that is what its visually-stimulated readers wanted.
But sure, feminism.
Playboy was first launched in 1953 through a $1,000 grant from H. Hefner’s mother.