Do you think Hugh Hefner exploited women?

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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?

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Do you support the introduction of a Sugar Tax?

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Do you support the introduction of a sugar tax?

It is back in the news today after sources said that it is almost certainly going to be included in the budget.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently revealed that he wanted to see a sugar tax on fizzy drinks and sweets.

Speaking about the issue at the recent Fine Gael think in he said he has been a long time supporter of the sugar tax and he wants to see it introduced but he is not in a position to go into details.

Studies have shown that one in four Irish children are overweight while the country has the worst obesity rates in Europe.

Today I want to know if you would be happy to see a sugar tax in the budget.

The rate of tax has not yet been decided and could range from 1c to 20c per 330 ml can. The annual yield would be approximately €8.4 million for a 1 cent increase, and would be around €168.7 million for a 20 cent increase.

Today I want to know if you think a sugar tax is necessary.

If the companies are forced to pay more tax, the price will go up for consumers.

Do you agree with that if it means the rate of childhood obesity may go down?

They have raised the price of cigarettes over the years, it’s now €11 for 20 smokes, but it hasn’t stopped most people from smoking. The budget could see cigarettes increased to €11.50 in this year’s budget also.

Should the rest of us suffer because someone can’t control their weight or the weight of their children?

The obesity figures are pretty scary in this country. But should the parents be targeted instead of sugary drinks?

Or maybe you think that some parents simply don’t have nutritional education and that it’s not their fault.

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland called for a 20% tax on sugary drinks but as I said the rate of tax hasn’t been decided yet.

I like having a can of coke. I have coke in moderation. Why should I suffer financially because someone drinks it like water?

Maybe you think it’s a step needed to reduce the growing number of Irish children who are obese.

I want to know what you think –

Do you support the introduction of a sugar tax?

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Would you hire an ex convict?

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Would you ever hire a former prisoner?

The reason I want to ask you this today is because of a story I spotted online.

The UK’s leading employer of people with convictions says there can be huge benefits in hiring ex-prisoners.

The Timpson Group owns a wide range of different retail outlets. The companies under the group’s banner include cobblers, locksmiths, photo shops and dry cleaners.

In total, they have about 1,850 outlets spread out across the UK (as well as a small number in Ireland).

The group employs about 4,000 people across all of its outlets. What’s notable about the company is that 10% of these people are ex-convicts.

Just over 15 years ago, James Timpson was invited on a tour of a young offenders open prison in Warrington. He was impressed by his tour guide (a 19-year-old serving three years) and would later go on to hire him.

Following this, Timpson started visiting prisons across the north west of England aiming to recruit people to the business.

Initially, he had some issues admitting that he was recruiting some of the wrong people and that he paid off one guys drug dealer three times.

As he progressed in his recruitment, Timpson began to learn the right and wrong things to do. Today, the company employs over 400 people with convictions.

Timpson was the keynote speaker at a seminar in Dublin this week organised by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) around the topic of hiring people with a conviction.

The IPRT campaigns for the rights of prisoners and for progressive reform of Irish penal policy.

The purpose of the seminar was to highlight the recruitment potential of people with previous convictions and to try to combat the stigma against hiring people who have committed crimes in the past.

Today I want to talk about that stigma and ask you if you would hire an ex-prisoner.

Have a listen to some of the comments online about this.

One person said: People make huge mistakes and pay dearly for it. They have time to reflect in prison. Everyone deserves a second chance. They could turn out to be the best employees.

However not everyone was as positive with a few people commenting on how they believes many prisoners do not want an honest life.

Have a listen to this comment: More hug a thug political correctness crap. Most prisoners are unemployable and don’t want a job. Crime is their job. Imagine hiring an armed robber to look after your finances – it’s laughable! How could you trust the person?

So clearly there is still a stigma in Ireland around the issue and many people would not hire an ex-con – would you?

Do all prisoners deserve a second chance at life when they leave prison?

Or do they lose the right to a second chance when they commit crimes?

I want to know what you think –

So – do all prisoners deserve a second chance?

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Is it wrong for a mother to remove her child from a class because the teacher is obese?

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A story in the UK say a mother remove her 4 year old son from a class because she did not want her child being taught by an obese person.

She thought it was setting a bad example for the child that it was acceptable to be overweight.

Was the mother right or was she fat shaming the teacher?

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Would you dump your partner if you found out they watched pornography daily?

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Niall had a caller who said that his girlfriend of several years dumped him because she found out that he watched pornography ona daily basis.

Was she a prude? Does everyone watch some porn? Should she have dumped him?

Listen to some of your confessions here.

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Do speed cameras save lives or are they a money making scam?

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Niall spotted 6 new speed cameras on the streets of Dublin on his way into work. Do drivers slow down when they see speed cameras? Or do people see them just as a money making scam?

Well you had your say on the subject!

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INTERVIEW : We speak to actor Joe McKinney aka The Dancing Guinness Man

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With the new ban on alcohol advertising set to hit Ireland, Niall spoke to Irish actor Joe McKinney who became a global sensation back in the 1990’s when he became the ‘Dancing Guinness Man’.

Joe tells Niall what it was like travelling around the world and being recognised everywhere he went. What you may not know is what Joe has been doing since THAT Guinness ad.

 

Take a listen as Joe was frank with Niall as to the highs and lows.

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Is it time to take Rickshaws off the streets of Ireland?

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Niall was contacted by a taxi driver who shared a video of a man claiming he was beaten up by a Rickshaw driver and the drivers accomplices.

Niall spoke to Rickshaw owners/drivers and taxi drivers who had different on what should happen to Rickshaws on the streets of Ireland.

Should Rickshaws be banned in Ireland?

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INTERVIEW : I have 5 kids and have been on the Housing Waiting list 8 years

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Niall spoke to Edel Dunne from Dublin who lives with her partner and their 5 children in 2 rooms. They have been on the housing waiting list for 8 years.

Some callers asked why were they still having children if they had no fixed accomodation.

Find out what Edel told Niall.

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