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Playboy covers up


Do not adjust your computer screen. No need to get your glasses fixed.

The news is nearly unthinkable — but it is true.

Playboy is covering up.

For 62 years, the iconic adult magazine has fueled sexual fantasies with glossy fold-out spreads of fully nude women. Furtively hidden in adolescent bedrooms and defiantly plastered on college dorm room walls, it helped spark America’s sexual revolution and tested the country’s acceptance of photos that in an earlier day passed for pornography.

Now, however, in a move that is sure to shock (privately, at least) millions of Americans, Playboy is putting clothes on its centerfolds.

Starting in March, Playboy will no longer feature full nudity. The change — which might seem minor to those unfamiliar with the magazine but is the adult entertainment equivalent of Bob Dylan going electric — is part of a broader redesign of the publication, Playboy said in a statement.

Playboy called it a “a top-to-bottom redesign,” a “reimagined Playboy magazine [that] will include a completely modern editorial and design approach, and, for the first time in its history, will no longer feature nudity in its pages.” It promised to “continue to publish sexy, seductive pictorials of the world’s most beautiful women, including its iconic Playmates, all shot by some of today’s most renowned photographers.”

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