Do you think Hugh Hefner exploited women?
As you all know, the playboy mogul passed away last week at the ripe age of 91. His death was met with positive media coverage, painting him as both a driving force in the sexual revolution and a gentle soul with a soft spot for oppressed groups of people.
But not everyone felt that way with many people coming out and saying that he was a misogynist who exploited women and damaged women’s right.
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation) president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis slammed the media’s kind tributes, calling Hefner a misogynist whose exploitative empire caused “irreparable damage to women’s rights.”
She took to twitter and said “It’s alarming how media is attempting to paint Hugh Hefner as a pioneer or social justice activist. Because nothing could be further from reality”
She went on to say “Hefner was not a visionary. He was a misogynist. He built an empire sexualizing women & mainstreaming stereotypes that caused irreparable damage to women’s rights & our entire culture.”
She is not alone in her views either. There are many people who think the same.
Not everyone who worked for the Playboy magnate claims they had such a good time in the iconic mansion.
A number of Playmates have spoken out about their lives in the world’s most famous bachelor pad, suggesting that it wasn’t all smiles behind the scenes.
Playboy Bunny Holly Madison offered a bleak description of her time living with Hugh.
In her book she wrote that everyone thinks that the infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out. But she grew to feel it was meant to lock her in.
Holly Madison uses her book to offer another bleak perspective saying she turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her life as a playmate.
Fellow Playmate Izabella St. James also claimed in her book that the experience wasn’t as pleasant as outsiders may be lead to believe and explained how they used to have to ask for their allowance every Friday.
She said “We all hated this process. Hef would always use the occasion to bring up anything he wasn’t happy about in the relationship.
She added that most of the complaints were about the lack of harmony among the girlfriends or lack of sexual participation in the ‘parties’ he held in his bedroom.
She alleged that he used their allowance as a weapon and wouldn’t give it to them if they were not available for the bedroom parties.
Playboy model Carla Howe previously said that the girls have a strict 9pm curfew, saying that none of them are even allowed to invite friends to the mansion to see them.
Now all of that does not sound like a man who respects women but many Playmates will actually say they lived a great life in the mansion and that Hefner was extremely respectful and looked after them.
Some people will even say that these women chose this lifestyle so why have a go at Hugh Hefner for it after he passed away?
We spoke to Dr Gail Dines who gave us an insight into Hugh Herner that she believed that was created by his media Machine. You do not want to miss what she had to say.
I want to know what you genuinely think of the Playboy mansion, the Playboy and the bunnies –
So – do you think Hugh Hefner exploited women?