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“You could say we used the magazine as much as it used us.” Many other women, especially feminists, take a very different view.
They are scornful of Hefner’s self-depiction as a “liberator”, accusing him of “objectifying” women.
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In September 1995, the Censorship of Publications Appeal Board lifted the ban on Playboy magazine in the Republic of Ireland, a ban that was first imposed in 1959— six years after the magazine was launched in the USA.
The Korean War had ended in July 1953, the White House was occupied by Eisenhower since the start of the year, the country was still in thrall to Mc Carthyism and the fall-out from the notorious communist witch-hunts instigated by the Republican politician Joseph Mc Carthy, while religious leaders like Rev Billy Graham and Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York were enormously powerful.
Among those to pay tribute to Hefner on his death was former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, who has appeared on 14 of the magazine’s covers — more than any other supermodel, film actress or rock star. “You taught me everything important about freedom and respect.” But the Guardian columnist, Suzanne Moore is contemptuous of the view that Hefner was “an icon for sexual liberation”.Hefner launched Playboy with a naked centrefold of Marilyn Monroe (she was also its first cover girl), taken years earlier and bought for 0.The future superstar was a struggling actress at the time and desperate for money.Public discourse didn’t extend to such topics in a society that in some respects mirrored our own.The influence of conservative Christianity was very pervasive.