Japanese adult video actresses and Hong Kong softcore starlets have been popular in China before, but never like this.
The cover was relatively demure given more recent issues and seemed to signal a turning point for the softcore sex magazine.
College girls invade Butler library to make a softcore statement on “female hysteria.”
Somewhat less than extreme; moderated; slightly ameliorated: The fashion magazine is soft-core pornography/ a softcore picture of a bare-chested woman
Something that is not extreme, esp a sexually arousing but not carnally explicit movie, magazine, etc: She doesn't care for X-rated, but enjoys a little soft-core now and then
[1966+; based on hard-core]