Playboy & Porn Culture

Playboy  & Porn Culture are next to each other through Hugh Hefner contribution.

Porn Culture as  major assault on the porn  industry  helped to change mentalities.

Playboy Magazine

One of the king  of porn culture Hugh Hefner, thought to a society where pornography is of high importance in the daily life of many people.

And  it looks that he succeeded.

On 1953 he founded Playboy magazine.

Thus, Hefner launched the first issue of Playboy with   Marilyn Monroe not only on the cover but with nude photos in the magazine, without her consent.

Those photos had been shot years before when Monroe was poor  and desperate. She didn’t think they’d become so public, but Hefner found and bought and published them.

She helped turned him into a publisher mogul.  But they never even meet.

Playboy has an important role in sexual revolution.

Porn Culture had a good allied  in Playboy Magazine.

Hugs Hefner

Many times Hefner declared that his goal is to make a kind of sexual education, to  make people capable to understand that sex is “normal” and “bring sex to the mainstream.”

Thus, according to feminist perspective “Playboy was never about “sex,” it was about male fantasies”.

The Playboy philosophy requires “ women to be thin, infertile, and always available…”

(essay on Hefner, Read Mercer Schuchardt).

Playboy lifestyle turned  women into decorative objects for men to project their fantasies.

Also Playboy engaged in numerous other unethical practices.

Feminist Perspectives

According to feminist perspectives  “Playboy has the political role of developing a  misogynist program”

Playboy has the political role of developing the misogynist program that is then assimilated, one hand typing, into news journals left and right.” (  Andrea Dworkin )

Also, for feminist, Hefner  is a pioneer of rape culture, not of “soft pornography acceptable for the middle classes”, as Hefner declared.

More than that, Playboy cartoons, text and pictures showed:

–              men raping animals ;

–              child Sexual Abuse (members of pedophile organizations wrote articles).

–              Playboy also advises its readers that “safe sex” with “…virgins or very young lovers…cut down your chances of being exposed to the virus.”

Hugh Hefner has also raped women.

“For instance, Linda Marchiano…was pimped to Hefner by her then-husband, Chuck Traynor. Hefner sodomized her and tried to have her have intercourse with a dog.” (Dworkin and MacKinnon)

This is also reported by Linda herself.

( See Ordeal and Out of Bondage by Linda Lovelace).

For feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKinnon pornography is defined as the sexually graphic depiction of women in scenarios of pain, degradation, rape, dismemberment, bondage, and the like.

Pornography consequences

Pornography addiction almost always comes with associated symptoms of loneliness, laziness, apathy, and lack of rootedness.

The negative effects of porn can spread to the viewer’s relationships and affect their partner in ways they couldn’t have anticipated.

More and more men  discover pornography alarming consequences.

Porn Culture didn’t help humanity as  ones want to believe.

The End of Legends

Hugh Hefner’s  sexual revolution turned woman into sexual  object, into plaything,

But – It seems that he truly loved the woman who made him famous, but whom he never meet.

Hugh Hefner will rest in peace  right next to Marilyn Monroe, Playboy’s first cover girl.

“I’m a believer in things symbolic,”  “Spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up.” he confessed.

 

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