‘Secrets Of Playboy,’ Hugh Hefner And The False Promise Of Sexual Empowerment

‘Secrets Of Playboy,’ Hugh Hefner And The False Promise Of Sexual Empowerment By Candice Frederick

(Link): ‘Secrets Of Playboy,’ Hugh Hefner And The False Promise Of Sexual Empowerment

Excerpts:

The new A&E docuseries begs the question: Are today’s women any more sexually free than they were when Playboy started?

Feb 14, 2022
By Candice Frederick

…Hefner would most certainly be “canceled” in 2022 on account of his blatant misogyny, and “Secrets of Playboy” asks us to grapple with the notion that someone like him would appeal to everyday women desiring sexual agency in 1953 when the soft porn men’s magazine launched.

As Los Angeles Times TV critic Lorraine Ali put it, “Exactly no one will be surprised to discover that the late Hugh Hefner used and traded young women like commodities and that his mythology of Playboy as a progressive outgrowth of the sexual revolution and a bold expression of feminism was largely a charade.”

….Carrie Pitzulo, author of “Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy,” which explores the socio-historical context of the Playboy legacy, heard the same thing from women she interviewed. “Many of them said, ‘It made me feel like a liberated woman, even though I knew it was really sexist,’” she recalled to HuffPost. “‘It was a decent paying job, way better than becoming a secretary or something.’”

Still, it’s debatable whether these women achieved any level of sexual empowerment at all when straight men seemingly benefited from their sexuality the entire time. And that begs the question: Could the women of Playboy have ever gained authority over their sexuality without simultaneously falling prey to the straight male fantasy?

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