When reading the news this morning, i got to know that Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy magazine, died aged 91. Everyone has hears it by now. Cause Hugh Hefner was one of a kind - and he did much more for the sexual revolution than we'd think!
Playboy Magazine was founded by Hefner more than 60 years ago as an upscale men's magazine, combining images of nude women with in-depth articles, literature and interviews. Beautiful woman, got to pose naked and make beautiful pictures, as they had not seen before. Hugh said; "I made them into, I put them into a context of a positive, or what I perceived as a positive attitude, on male-female relationships. I suggested that sex was not the enemy, that violence was the enemy, that nice girls like sex.”!!
But as feminism gathered pace, no amount of literary acquisitions could prevent the brick-bats raining down on Hefner’s head. But what was hard to argue with, and why Playboy played a crucial part in the sexual revolution, was that Hefner always insisted that women had desire, indeed that we had a right to desire, just as society assumed men had. Playboy championed birth control, equal pay and abortion rights, something both impressive and surprising. Again, it can be dismissed as a cynical ploy to disguise soft porn as something campaigning and serious, but Hefner went further, writing about civil rights, racism and gay liberation at a time when those topics were mainly confined to small-selling alternative publications.
Personally i love pictures of nude beautiful woman, presented in a sensual and tastefull way. I dont get offended in any way. I know -still today- a lot of woman don't agree on that, and they feel that the womans naked body is not meant to be open and free on billboards and in magazines. But I dont really see it the same way, - I'm not afraid of my own anatomy or others, and I have several times done photoshooys, half or completely naked, and not afraid to show them public either.
“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognisable American global brands in history. He had saved $8,000 - enough to put the first issue of Playboy together. It hit newsstands in December that year and included an old nude photo of Marilyn Monroe, which Hefner had purchased to add some "oomph" to the centrefold.. The issue sold more than 50,000 copies. Playboy Enterprises expanded over the years to include television, film, resorts, nightclubs, products, charities and a number of websites. By 1971 it was selling 7 million copies a month. And through up's and downs, the magazine managed to stay on top, and today it is an iconic magazine, and lets be honest, who haven't heard about the playboy-bunnies... I think most men, dream about living his life, but no one could master it as he did.
R.I.P Hugh Hefner