August 5, 2008
The economic problems of print media have struck again, and this time male pornography is the victim. Playgirl, the premier mag featuring dudes in the nude, is closing its print version and taking its operation solely online.
The, er, shrinkage comes 35 years after the magazine was originally erected as a feminist response to Playboy and Penthouse. The site will most likely feature more videos and pictorials with fewer words, thereby taking the "just reading for the articles" excuse away from the both female and male readership. Editor-in-chief Nicole Caldwell confirmed the closure today, said that the last issue will hit newsstands on November 18th.
Perhaps this time around, the site won't have any credit card fraud problems. In the late '90s, Crescent Publishing shafted visitors to Playgirl.com and other adult Web sites by illegally charging over $180 million for "free" tours.