A feminist group is suspected of hacking the magazine’s website to promote consensual sex.
“Their brand, which has become synonymous with doing things to women looked like it was focused on doing things for women,” Jezebel reports.
The speculation is that FORCE, the group responsible for those fake anti-rape Victoria's Secret undergarments, made it seem as though Playboy magazine did something different in packaging their annual party guide aimed towards college students: they emphasized that for many college students, partying is less fun and more fraught with rape.
Quotes from the “revamped” Playboy: “Somewhere in the countless hours we spent tallying up co-eds and scoring beer pong, we lost track of the most essential element of the Playboy lifestyle: sexual pleasure. Rape is kryptonite to sexual pleasure. The two cannot co-exist. For our revised party guide to live up to our founder’s vision, we had to put a new criterion on top. Namely, consent.”
But, the Jezebel writer sees the plot backfiring.
“Whoever created this site did a phenomenal job in that none of it seemed bizarre. And that's the problem: if this was meant to be a big dig at Playboy's choice to represent party schools that have historically failed to deal with rape culture, it failed because it ended up emphasizing the magazine's history of promoting women. In [a fake] ‘interview,’ Hefner is quoted saying he's ‘had sex with thousands of women and they all still like me. That is because I never use coercion or force.’ (As far as I'm aware, this statement holds up and is half of something Hefner has said in the past: while Hefner's past girlfriends haven't always had amazing things to say about him, they haven't said anything about him raping them.) Fake Hefner reiterates his long-held belief that American society is too ‘puritanical,’ and argues that he was a feminist before that was even a word, all stuff that he has said many many times before,” the article states.
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