Hugh Hefner may be a controversial figure when it comes to sex positivity (after all, the man has single-handedly managed to push forth an agenda of bleached hair, bikini waxing, and fake breasts over the past half-century), but the Playboy founder has come out swinging when it comes to equality for the gay and lesbian communities in the upcoming issue of his magazine.
Indeed, Hefner makes some very good points about the natural extrapolation of denial of rights to gay people. Pointing to initiatives in local jurisdictions in the past year to restrict access to birth control unless a woman proves she needs it for medical and not pregnancy prevention reasons, Hefner suggests that persecution of gay men and women is only the tip of the sexual rights drawback, and he may be right.
In the editorial, Hef explains:
“The fight for gay marriage is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time. Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom.”
The Playboy-in-chief continues:
“Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life.”
Hefner also reminds us that freedom to marry (and enjoy all the benefits naturally conferred to straight people therein) is not the sole issue at stake. He explains that he believes conservatives wish “to assault the right of gays, whether by denying them to right to marry or, as in Kansas, by attempting to empower landlords, business owners and employers to discriminate against gays on religious grounds.”
Do you agree with Hugh Hefner that intrusion into someone’s bedroom is a threat to all, gay or straight?