In my 70+ years of being blessed by living in what I have considered to be the greatest civilization ever to have graced planet Earth, I’ve nevertheless witnessed continual waves of destruction against the shores of that civilization.
Hugh Heffner was one such destructive wave.
The beautiful naked ladies were only the unwitting bait, luring a generation of young men to languish, flopping and gasping, on the hot rocking and rolling decks of the good ship “HH Empty Hedonism.”
The Playboy Philosophy – the Playmate of the Month. Enticing and promising, but only shiny plastic and metal – spinning and luring.
A Playmate of the Month? Each month? Every month? Count me in!
Married? No matter – count me in!
So a substantial number of that generation – my generation – bought into that dream of perpetual fulfillment … renewed monthly.
Then reality came to town. Reality came to that penthouse of our dreams. The fortunate among us were abject failures in reaching for that bait. Frustrated, disappointed and angry. “But you promised!!”
But some had a bit more success and captured a sweetie … perhaps it would seem many among the powerful and elite had a bit of success.
We seem to be witness to an interesting phenomena — the frenzy of accusations against powerful men attacking, abusing and molesting women in their lives. The most prominent being the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who at last count has had some 80 women accusing him.
But why this sudden moral outrage, especially among the liberal left? Wasn’t Harvey Weinstein simply and very successfully living out the Playboy Philosophy of a new Playmate every month?
Why was/is Hugh Heffner held up as an icon of modern day sexual liberation and a hedonistic lifestyle? Why when someone actually follows that playbook and is spectacularly successful at it, he is demonized and ostracized?
Mr. Hugh Heffner, even though he is now dead, deserves to be sent to the trash dump of American culture, along with his destructive so-called philosophy — the same trash dump as Mr. Weinstein has apparently been sent. Whenever the scandal of Weinstein is mentioned, it should be with a hyphenated name “Heffner-Weinstein.”
But this is not likely to happen — just the other day as I was browsing the books and magazines at Target, there it was right before me: A Time Magazine special edition featuring Hugh Heffner, in flattering glory — and a few covers down, a Newsweek cover with a very unflattering Harvey Weinstein glaring from the cover.
How many women, families and children have suffered because of Hugh Heffner, and those many husbands who followed him and his demonic philosophy?