Wednesday 21 March 2018

Dr Ciara Kelly: 'Women are not only dismissed as unequal in Playboy, but in homes, boardrooms and interviews'

Dr Ciara Kelly
Dr Ciara Kelly
Hugh Hefner with Playmates in Cannes in 1999. Picture: AP

Ciara Kelly

So Hugh Hefner died recently and much of the discussion afterwards was around whether he was an icon of the sexual revolution and a force for societal liberation, or whether he was a randy old sexist who objectified and demeaned women.

He was, of course, both.

In that pre-Playboy era, sex wasn't something that was spoken about openly in society. It was, in fact, widely considered immoral, apart from within marriage - where it wasn't spoken of either. Hugh Hefner identified the obvious, but unspoken truth that people have sex because it's pleasurable. And not something as many would have once had it - that's only done for procreation.

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