Girlfriend Collector Hugh Hefner Calls Out GOP Sexism
1:30 pm, April 23rd | by Laura Donovan
Player of the century Hugh Hefner may pride himself on having many different girlfriends at the same time, but the Playboy founder seems to think he’s also in a position to call out conservatives for seemingly starting a “war against sex.”
In a May editorial for his nudie mag, Hefner says he has disagreed with what he perceives to be the’s GOP mission to limit women’s rights, citing the positions of Republican presidential candidates past and present:
“Last October, in an interview with an evangelical blogger, Rick Santorum promised to defund birth control on the grounds that contraception is ‘a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.’ … Ron Paul was no better, believing that the birth control pill did not cause immorality but that immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pill. Mitt Romney vowed to see a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
This we can get jiggy with, but no so much some of his other assertions: “If these zealots have their way, our hard-won sexual liberation — women’s rights, reproductive rights and rights to privacy — lie in peril. We won’t let that happen…Welcome to the new sexual revolution.”
Sure we appreciate that Hefner stands up for Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke and calls out the party in question for making it harder on females to receive contraceptives, but Hefner, a notorious girlfriend collector, is hardly one to preach about women’s rights. Though many argue he had a role in the sexual revolution and provided lots of opportunities for women, he also sends the message that it’s acceptable to juggle multiple significant others at once, all the while objectifying them publicly. Thanks, Hef, but we don’t need you on our side.