Playboy Magazine Brings Back Nudity

Cooper Hefner makes over his father's founding philosophy

The writing has been on the Playboy Mansion wall ever since Cooper Hefner returned, fully, to the family fold. Today, the men’s magazine has etched out that writing with a host of announced changes including a tweaked U.S. edition tagline and a cheeky hashtag.

The most tantalizing hints of what is to come can be found in young Hefner’s essay “The New Playboy Philosophy,” which updates the declaration made by Hef some 40 years ago. It’s about much more than just the return of nudity (minus the “crotch” shots). Cooper wants to re-align the magazine with social mores and political revolutions:

At this point in history, the most vital intellectual discussion we can have is how to create a society that’s as free as possible without ignoring the social and economic implications of our policy decisions. We need to identify who our allies are at a time when, on the liberal side, a culture of political correctness discourages debate that may hurt people’s feelings and, on the conservative side, politicians seem comfortable jeopardizing the rights of specific groups in the belief that it will “make America great again.”

So let this stand as an introduction and a declaration that, regardless of our sexual orientation or political point of view, what we’re seeing in society has happened before and that we all agree an attack on Muslim Americans, on women’s healthcare rights, on the LGBTQ community or on the First Amendment is in fact an attack on all our rights. And we should be ready to defend those rights at all costs on the intellectual battlefield.

In another nod to Playboy’s pedigree (and erasing of moves made by departed Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders), the “Party Jokes” feature is also back in the March/April issue, available online now and at newsstands Feb. 28.

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