As US Playboy ends nude photos, Latin American editions do not follow suit
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As US Playboy ends nude photos, Latin American editions do not follow suit

When Playboy announced last week that it would stop publishing photos of nude women in its magazine beginning in March 2016, readers of the magazine’s international editions wanted to know one thing: Would the decision at Playboy headquarters be carried out by editors of editions outside the U.S.?

So far, at least, the answer seems to be “No.”

Editorial teams of Playboy’s Argentinean, Mexican, and Venezuelan editions say their readers want to see photos of nude women, so they’ll continue publishing such images. Brazil’s Playboy isn’t likely to change either, though no official statement has been issued by its editorial team yet.

The decision to stop publishing nude photos in the US edition was due, publishers said, to the fact that photos of nude women are found so easily in other places, especially online. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free,” said Playboy’s chief executive Scott Flanders in an interview with The New York Times.

But in Latin America, Internet access is, generally speaking, not as widespread as in the United States, so “one click away” can be pretty far given the digital divide. In fact, the Americas Society/Council of the Americas said in a 2014 report that “the region has seen the lowest growth in fixed broadband compared to the rest of the world.” What this means for traditional print porn in Latin America is that it’s just as profitable as it has always been.

“Playboy Venezuela will stay ‘nude,’ faithful to its public,” wrote Marjuli Matheus Hidalgo of Bloque Dearmas, the publisher of Playboy Venezuela, in a press release issued via twitter last night. Unless its faithful public’s Internet access improves significantly, it seems there won’t be significant changes in the pages of Latin America’s Playboys anytime soon.