Is Hugh Hefner a feminist

US edition will be discontinuedAn attempt to praise the "Playboy"

The Playboy and the Barbie doll - one could pity both for their fate, since feminism has never celebrated them as a godsend. On the contrary: The busty man's dream doll with the hostile dimensions is feminist enemy number 1 when it comes to children's toys. The playboy was knocked around the ears from the same side to present women and men’s toys. The same, in turn, with dimensions that only hunger can shape - plus two full servings of silicone.

That's right too. And again not. In the late 50s, Barbie was a progressive emancier who sabotaged the prevailing stove and cricket image of women with cool cosmopolitanism. And Playboy was also a bright spot in sensually poor times. Back in 1953, when Hugh Hefner, the skin friendliness agent, brought out the first issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover.

Culturally contained lustfulness

A forward-looking act. For decades, the playboy took American machos by the hand and taught them both: the good life with Rolex, yacht and Aston Martin - and cultivated sexism. Yes, you heard correctly: "cultivated sexism".

"A contradiction in terms," ​​are you angry? From today's perspective, yes. But Hefner's genius lay precisely in giving men the feeling that Playboy would curb their lustfulness culturally and culturally and grant horniness with class. What even the nude photos themselves stood for.

There are several types: nude photos with the top gout of Galerie; pornographic photos that ruthlessly attack the southern core of the body; and halfway through the erotic photos, appetizer without the need to act - Playboy's very own territory!

Also: the short stories and interviews. Playboy liked to mix the big names with the bosom photos: Vladimir Nabokov, Philipp Roth, John Updike - desk erotomaniac of the first degree.

Incarnation of the western myth

"But they were only transparent fig leaves," you complain? Okay, you really are steadfastly critical. Then we praise Playboy for being a mental radio-controlled weapon in the Cold War that didn't break anything - except for the belief in communism.

"For us, the Soviet youth, Playboy was the incarnation of the western myth. Unknown, attractive, vicious and brilliant", confessed the Russian fashion columnist Alexey Belyakov, whose other existence is unfortunately difficult to grasp in non-Russian search engines. His saying sounds great anyway.

The fact that the printed Playboy is now passing away under the influence of Corona at the age of 66 - keyword: advertising decline - sounds like a bad joke. But the magazine did look decrepit recently, which was made all the more visible by the permanent lifting.

Hugh Hefner, the feminist

At some point men also undressed, the quota of women in the young editorial team rose and rose, total exposure was stopped and reintroduced, women defended their Playboy shoot as neo-feminism. In short: The American playboy struggled in vain for a contemporary identity, becoming increasingly wrinkled among the trendy cosmetics and overwhelmed by the taboo internet. While more than twenty country editions hold the position.

And the US playboy remains agile online. Incidentally, because of Corona, he recommends what Donald Trump should not like "finally working again": "Stay In, Get Off: 8 Sex Tips for Self-Isolation" - which you translate for yourself.

Well, and if our obituary annoyed you up to this point - there is more! We're not saying that you have to share your self-image. But according to Frankfurter Rundschau, Playboy father Hugh Hefner once said: "Strictly speaking, I was a feminist before the word even existed!"