Playboy, Please Don’t Go

Playboy, Cover, July 1963

Playboy posts steep loss, will consider company sale
Franklin Paul, Reuters, February 18, 2009

The company, which posted a net loss in each quarter of 2008, also said it would be open to discussions about an outright sale of the company, or changes in the strategic direction of the flagship Playboy Magazine.

As a longtime subscriber to Playboy magazine and avid collector of old Playboys, I am quite disappointed in the direction the company, and the magazine, have taken. The demise should come as no surprise, I suppose, considering the plethora of free online smut. There are many people who see Playboy merely as magazine full of naked ladies. Some of those people have been subscribers. However, Playboy has always been about much more than beautiful women.

The Playboy Philosophy
Brent Danley, The Rhetoric, April 8, 2007

Playboy is a liberal lifestyle magazine for men. The articles have always been top-notch, provocative and intelligent. Until recently. I wrote a letter to the editor last month pleading for a return to the glory days. I’m afraid that might never happen. Hugh is getting old and the brand has been severely damaged.

Playboy sold its soul. In an effort to diversify and expand the brand it purchased and began producing pornography. It followed the money and is suffering the consequences. We love the ladies, but we want much more than the ladies. Playboy will probably never regain its mojo. Which is sad.

The magazine has a long history of publishing short stories by such novelists as Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, and Margaret Atwood, as well as monthly interviews of notable public figures, such as artists, architects, economists, composers, conductors, film directors, journalists, novelists, playwrights, religious figures, politicians, athletes and race car drivers. The magazine throughout its history has expressed a libertarian outlook on political and social issues.

At least the value of my collection will increase. But I’ll never sell.

5 Replies to “Playboy, Please Don’t Go”

  1. I think I said this on another of your blog posts, but I’ve always thought the two best magazines in the country were Playboy and National Geographic. Some of the most intelligent reading ever.

  2. And both have excellent photography! ;)

    The current issue of National Geographic is quite good. The current issue of Playboy…not so much. I don’t like the redesign. They moved my favorite part, the Forum, to the back! The Interview is of Kenny Chesney and one of the few features is about “Boom Cars”.

    The Forum, which has been moved to the back, contains a blurb titled, “Why the Forum Matters”

    We all have hopes and dreams. The Playboy Forum is devoted to keeping these hopes and dreams alive by fighting for basic freedoms, explaining why those freedoms are so important–not only to us but to you–and pointing a finger when those freedoms are trampled. As part of the redesign of, we’re happy to announce the launch of a dynamic digital version of The Playboy Forum. It’s a logical next step…

    There’s nothing “logical” about moving The Playboy Forum to the back of the magazine and the discussion to the internet.

    That’s one of my biggest beefs with the new magazine, and what I expressed in my letter to Mr. Hefner. Playboy Magazine should not be a teaser for It should be the other way around. I’m so sick of seeing “See more of Miss March at”.

    The Cyber Club, which is almost exclusively about the pictorials, is expensive. It should be included with a print–or digital–subscription and include the jokes, interview, advisor, forum, fiction, etc. And the archive should be searchable all the way back to the December 1953 issue.

    I recently purchased all the Playboy magazines from the 1950s on DVD. The software sucks and the format proprietary. It beats scanning microfilm at the library, though. ;)

  3. Buried in King says: Reply

    OMG!!! No Playboy????? It is the only magazine of it’s genre that -is-actually-readable- WITHOUT the pictures! Now, mind you, the pictures are very well done works of art! Ok, maybe that is stretching it a little bit but they are generally good photography. And the subject matter is easy on the eyes, even if it is a little on the shallow end of philosophical. For that Playboy gives us cartoons!

    Well, it seems all good things must come to an end and print media has been on the short line of the money train lately, especially the periodicals and newspapers. It’s just such a shame that such a groundbreaking and cosmopolitan magazine would be one of the ones to go.

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