This is sad, if you ask me. No, not the loss of nudity. The fact that a few bare boobs can threaten the existence of Playboy as a whole.
If you never opened an issue of Playboy, you really have no idea what a great read it was. The no-holds-barred interviews were fantastic, as were the product reviews and political commentary. Yes, most guys actually read it for the articles!
Yeah, the boobs were nice, too. But with 10-15 photos in a 90+ page (back in the 90s) magazine, it was hardly the reason you spent the money for a monthly subscription.
America is so prudish, that it just can’t get past bare female breasts. If we’re in Europe, we’re probably not even having this discussion. I’m not suggesting we have porn sitting on every store shelf in America; but are we really so hung-up on it that we’re willing to allow a company the size Playboy once was to vanish (all the jobs going with it)?