The NY Daily News has a new interview with Hugh Hefner concerning a documentary out about his legacy. He makes some semi-controversial statements about women and sex, and gives some quotes that could be considered offensive. They sound relatively mild given his profession, although I can see how they would be negatively interpreted. I do like how matter-of-fact and unapologetic he is about his lifestyle, as skeevy as it is. He also says that having seven girlfriends was easier than trying to be committed to one wife:
What do you say to women who say you objectify the female form?
The notion that Playboy turns women into sex objects is ridiculous. Women are sex objects. If women weren’t sex objects, there wouldn’t be another generation. It’s the attraction between the sexes that makes the world go ’round. That’s why women wear lipstick and short skirts.
Enough about the movie. Is there anything off-limits for Hugh Hefner in bed?
Absolutely. I’m actually a very moral guy. No horses, no reptiles.
How do you handle so many women?
Sometimes one is more difficult. I was married and faithful for eight years in the 1980s, and following that, as an overreaction to that failed marriage, I wound up with seven live-in girlfriends. Dealing with those seven girlfriends was easier than dealing with one wife.
Does sex change as you age?
Well, not particularly. Thank goodness for the arrival of Viagra. It breaks down that wall. But I think you gain some experience over the years and that helps. Woody Allen said, “If you don’t think that sex is dirty, you’re not doing it right.”
Have you always been into blonds?
No, my first wife was a brunette and Barbi Benton, my major romantic relationship of the early 1970s, was a brunette. But since the end of my marriage, all of my girlfriends have been blonds. I have made the comment that Picasso went through his pink period and his blue period before he arrived at his abstract period. I am in my blond period…
What are you most proud of in your life so far?
What I take the greatest pride in is the fact that I’ve played a significant part in the changing of our social and sexual values. Sex outside of wedlock used to not only be forbidden, it was illegal. Playboy helped change those attitudes and laws.
[From The NY Daily News via ONTD]
That’s pretty funny “I’m actually a very moral guy. No horses, no reptiles.” Hef’s a perv and he’ll admit it.
In terms of the “sex object” quote, he said something similar to the Herald Sun in Australia, but clarified it a little. “I still think, incidentally, that women are sex objects. It’s not all they are, but if they weren’t sex objects, if there weren’t genders attracted to each other, there wouldn’t be another generation.” I understand what he’s trying to say about how women are sex objects for biological and reproductive reasons. In the initial quote he didn’t elaborate so it’s not like he’s ruling out our ability to do anything but look pretty and be sexually available. Still, this guy’s behavior over the years suggests that he has trouble accepting women who do much more than that. It’s not like his sex partners have matured at all throughout the decades. At least he treats them with a kind of old fashioned respect. Is it inherently sexist to continue to hook up with women barely out of their teens when you’re well into old age? If this was anyone other than Hef, would we be giving him a pass?