Playboy, Nudity & The SJW Dollar

Cooper Hefner

You may have remembered that in October of 2015, Playboy decided that it was a good idea to go ahead and remove nudity from its online portal, Playboy.com. As far as I understand it, this was a decision undertaken in part by Jimmy Jellinek – the Chief Content Officer at Playboy. Ol’ Jimmy was in charge of Playboy’s day-to-day magazine publication and one slice of the web-based Playboy enterprise for quite a few years, but shifted last year to warmer pastures. Anyway, now that the past is the past, let’s talk about what’s going to happen now that Cooper Hefner (the son of Hugh himself) is in charge.

Nudity is coming back!

That’s right: the playboy philosophy has changed and well, I think it’s a little more politically charged than I was hoping. Cooper is a pretty open critic of Trump on Twitter, claiming that he’s “an embarrassment to this country” and spending many of the last few months tweeting on a daily basis about how terrible the new president is. I’m not going to get overly political here, but from my perspective, Cooper seems to be an SJW: whether or not this is going to transition into a Playboy that tries to police your opinions on the world is yet to be known, but I sure as hell hope that they just stick to the central theme of the magazine: enjoying the visual appeal of beautiful women as they get naked.

Cooper’s latest Tweet explains the move in a few short, simple words:

I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake. Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today, we’re taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are

A few days ago, he also tweeted the cover of the March/April edition of Playboy, which has an article entitled ‘Free the Nipple’. I’ve never spoken about free the nipple here on Mr. Porn Geek, but I think I’m going to at some point: I think that the movement, while seemingly meaning well and fighting for equality, has a lot of presumptions that aren’t at all valid. Anyway, that’s a discussion for another day, but seeing as free the nipple is another left-leaning ideology, I can safely say that Cooper’s hoping for Playboy to start earning that SJW dollar.

Huffington Post writer Katie Gatens is already butthurt about the decision, using phrases like ‘disgusting’ (a fantastically delicious radfem choice of language) to describe the “fact” that Playboy was, and I quote, ‘founded on decades of misogyny, objectification and unequal gender balance.’ She then goes on to ask why Playboy wouldn’t feature naked men in their magazines, because she probably ran out of things to say and needed to publish her outrage quickly without applying a shred of critical thought to her position. Ah, the wonders of modern news outlets and their ability to turn a good thing into a bad thing!

The problem with people like Katie Gatens and others is that they’re sex negative, when sex is actually fantastic, and a woman should be free to work for whatever magazine she wants without being judged. Katie’s sending a clear message here that if you’re involved with Playboy as a woman, you’re enabling misogyny. Sorry ladies: you gotta stop getting paid to get naked, because this chick thinks it’s sexist and well, you’re just not a feminist if you do it!

Anyway, looking forward to how Playboy plays out over the next year. Should be good to see things go and whether or not my prediction that Playboy will become more SJW-friendly is true, even though the early signs are that the emotionally reckless Twitter blogger crowd aren’t happy.