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hugh hefner – should we mourn him?

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The out­pour­ing af­ter his death be­gan im­me­di­ately. Notable women, fem­i­nists – Lily Cole, Kate Moss, Naomi Camp­bell, Court­ney Love – hailed him a leg­end. An in­no­va­tor. A revo­lu­tion­ary. Even sweet. Should we think the same? He called him­self a fem­i­nist, but also called women sex ob­jects. He ran the Play­boy Man­sion for men’s plea­sure, but do­nated to Planned Par­ent­hood. He pub­lished writ­ing by Mar­garet At­wood and an in­ter­view with Martin Luther King. But they ran along­side naked young women. Naked women who sold Play­boy to the world. Like us, he was com­plex and con­tra­dic­tory. But most of us don’t re­set the world’s sex­ual mores, and ‘Hef ’ did. Or marry a 23-year-old woman at 83. And maybe he lib­er­ated men in a mid-cen­tury world of stale sex­u­al­ity, but in do­ing so, he re­duced women to props. May he rest in peace, but it’s time we chose our own sex­ual lib­er­a­tion.

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