The Truth Behind the Hefner/Harris Wedding

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I grew up thinking Playboy was no big deal. My mother grew up in L.A. and was invited several times to spend movie nights at the mansion since her friend’s mother was a playmate. When “The Girls Next Door” came on E!, I loved every minute of it. Holly was by far my favorite. For some reason that show made Hugh Hefner’s lifestyle seem normal, almost tame. Yeah, there were three girls living with him that he called his “girlfriends,” but come on. Obviously Hugh Hefner is not really dating seven girls, or even three. I’m about to drop some knowledge on you people.

Hugh Hefner pays girls to live with him and be his “girlfriends.” Shocking, I know. If you watched Holly Madison’s E! True Hollywood Story you already had a glimpse of this. In that special, they discuss how Holly was lead girl and how Hef would want to have sex with Bridgette or Kendra but both girls felt strange about it and tried to avoid it. During Kendra’s E! True Hollywood Story it was revealed that she was dating Hank Baskett while living at the mansion as a “girlfriend.” It’s fake, people. It’s all fake. They get a salary, they have to abide by certain rules, and it is a business deal.

In 2011, Hugh Hefner, then 85, announced that he was engaged to Crystal Harris, then 25. When this happened I was appalled, not at the fact that an 85-year-old was going to marry a 25-year-old, but that he didn’t propose to Holly. I mean, she was there for love—we can all agree on that. That girl put in five years; they even tried fertility treatments together. Yeah, they did. Holly really wanted babies and so they tried IVF but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) it didn’t take. That’s when Holly realized that she wasn’t going to get marriage or babies from Hef and moved on. But he didn’t even propose during the IVF treatment, and honestly, that’s kind of shitty, Hef. You don’t propose to the girl that is doing fertility treatments so that your old ass sperm can live in that bangin’ body, the one that’s been there for five years, but you propose to Crystal Harris after a year? Come on! Anyway, the wedding plans began and then Crystal called off the marriage the day before the nuptials. She was dubbed the “runaway bride.” That never would’ve happened with Holly, I’m just saying.

Now it’s 2012 and the wedding is back on. Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris are getting married; they even picked up their marriage license. I am so grossed out by this, and again not for the age reason. Back in November I was at a gathering and was talking to someone, we were talking about …

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Playboy Tries to Target What Women Want in Porn

Playboy TV wants you! That’s right, you women, with your ovaries, your touchy-feely nature, and your interest in emotional connection. They think you’re the key to their success, and the funny thing is, they might be right.

Launched in 1982, Playboy TV (originally known as The Playboy Channel) was Playboy‘s attempt to get involved in the pornography industry in a less porn-y way. Though more explicit than the magazine, Playboy has never wanted to stride far away from their “classy magazine for men” image, a route contemporaries Penthouse and Hustler took. In fact, “Playboy’s Penthouse” and “Playboy After Dark,” which aired from 1959 to 1960 and 1969 to 1970, respectively, were Hugh Hefner’s first attempt at spreading the brand beyond the magazine, so television and Playboy have never been far from each other. But the difference is clear; those were more lifestyle shows, with Hefner as the host, while his famous friends performed and partied. The later incarnations of the Playboy lifestyle (excluding “The Girls Next Door”) have always focused more the sexytimes aspect …

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Does Porn in the IVF Clinic Promote “Adultery of the Mind”?

photo of a man wearing a sperm donor shirtAccording to Britain’s The Independent,  a think tank called 2020health.org feels that offering sperm donors pornography in the IVF Clinic is not only adulterous, but sexist. Enough people believe in the corrupting power of porn — just ask Ted Bundy.

Julia Manning investigated 93 different NHS trusts which provided fertility services and discovered that 33 of them offered pornography to their clients in an effort to “hurry the process along.” But why should you, as a woman/wife/mother care? Well, here is a sample of some of Manning’s arguments based on the evidence from her findings.

First, that pornography allowed men to treat women like sex objects (a general claim, which we’ve discussed before,that seems to have more to do with the porn than the clinic itself):

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Like Everything Else in the World, Playboy Goes 3-D

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Since the early beginnings of Playboy, founder Hugh Hefner wanted to make it 3-D. Alas, Playboy has finally done it, but don’t be deceived: Hef doesn’t really dig the 3-D phase, now that he’s got it:

“I’m not a huge enthusiast of 3-D [these days] …  I leave real life to go to the movies and 2-D is fine with me.”

He leaves “real life,” (read: live boobies) to go to the movies in order to see 2D.  Heh.  Anyway, and indeed, the recent 3-D issue featuring Hope Dworaczyk is an ambitious departure from the traditional print world. Jimmy Jellineck, Chicago’s editorial director of Playboy, remarks, “In today’s print environment you have to create newsstand events.” And clearly, that they have, but at what cost, and at what necessity — for the internet can provide what you need — for free —  without the judging eyes of onlookers at a newstand. Whether it’s double-fisting, …

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