Janice Shaw Crouse

After more than 50 years as a best-selling “men’s” magazine promoting “free love” –– a lifestyle of promiscuity and sexual exploitation of women –– Playboy has been displaced by the easy availability of pornography on the internet. At one time, supposedly over a quarter of college men were buying a monthly copy of Playboy with total sales of over seven million copies an issue in 1972. Now, sales have dwindled to barely three million copies per issue. The corporation is for sale for $300 million though experts claim that it is barely worth $100 million today. They’ve already lost around $13 million this year and shares have dropped to as low as $1.15. Clearly, the Playboy enterprise is crumbling even though the magazine is distributed by the giant Time Warner empire. Hugh Hefner, the 83-year-old founder of the Playboy, continues to be photographed in his silk pajamas and matching silk and satin robe surrounded by a bevy of young women in tiny bikinis, but it is obvious that his once-risque magazine is passé. After all, hooker attire is commonplace, “skin” is everywhere, and porn is easily accessible on the web.

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How’s a magazine to shock anymore? Even the so-called Playboy philosophy is commonplace.

Well, Playboy just posted an on-line article designed for maximum shock impact. “So Right, It’s Wrong,” by Playboy.com writer Guy Cimbalo, identified 10 conservative women as ones that leftist men would be willing to “hate rape.” The article was not merely a simple text; it was a 10-part gallery of pictures and videos of the conservative women chosen for “hate rape.” Clearly, it was a feature long in planning and carefully constructed for maximum page views and media attention. In fact, they supposedly emailed conservative writers and bloggers to promote the article.

But they got more than they expected.

Shortly after the misogynistic feature was posted, Tommy Christopher, a liberal blogger for AOL, posted a critique of the Playboy article on his personal blog. He said that while the author of the Playboy article about raping Conservative women might think that his comments were “funny or edgy” none of the women consented to being identified and the article was “foul and creepy.”

Instead of being upset about the tasteless and crude feature article, AOL removed Christopher’s critique from their website. AOL claims that Christopher was one of several writers “downsized” and that his liberal use of “profane” language is the real reason his article was removed from the internet. Christopher claims that Politics Daily had never previously deleted any story in the history of the site and that he was fired within five minutes of hearing a proposal for a new story about the Playboy article. Media Lizzy, who runs a poll question on the website, was denied permission to run a poll question about the Playboy article.

After being overwhelmed by public protests, Playboy finally removed the offensive article, too.

The end result? There is more hot debate going on about whether Christopher was fired for exposing the crude feature than about Cimbalo’s list of “hot” Conservative women. Several blog sites have cached versions of the original feature complete with the videos and the crude, sick, demeaning and insulting remarks.

Let’s imagine that some relatively unknown Conservative blogger published a list of liberal women on a conservative blog like Townhall.com, using crude and vulgar language to denigrate Progressive women in the vilest of sexual innuendo? Can anyone deny the outrage that would ensue? Can anyone deny the charges of “hate speech” that would fill the internet?

This latest incident is just another in a long line of insulting articles filled with “hate speech” about Conservatives that Liberals routinely churn out, while screaming about the supposed prevalence of incendiary right-wing language. The reality is that those who talk the loudest about women’s rights and equality are frequently the ones who heap abuse on women and deny their equality in the workplace and respect in the public square.

Apparently the old sexism is still around; it is just dressed up in new types of put-downs. The men who aren’t man enough to take on the women of NOW are perfectly willing to denigrate Conservatives like the ladies from CWA.


Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
 
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