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  • August 21, 2012 : 09:08
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In 1965 Indiana police arrested Charles Cotner and charged him with an “abominable and detestable crime against nature.” His offense? Consensual anal sex with his wife. He faced 14 years in prison. When I first learned about Cotner’s case—his attorney wrote to PLAYBOY to seek our assistance—I was appalled. His wife, who signed the complaint after the couple had argued, changed her mind and asked to have the charges dropped. But the judge refused, and Cotner served nearly three years in prison before the Playboy Foundation was able to free him.

While working to strike down absurd sex laws like the one that landed Cotner behind bars, I learned a lot about the people who want to control what goes on in American bedrooms. Those who oppose us have always had one thing in common: They are on a crusade to eliminate sex not intended for the purpose of procreation.

You might think this story has nothing to do with you or your life in America in 2012. But sadly you would be wrong. The forces that put Charles Cotner in jail are the same forces at work right now. If you want a perfect example, take a look at the controversy that continues to dog the rights of gay men and women to marry. 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.

I remember that time. When I wrote The Playboy Philosophy in the early 1960s, both oral and anal sex were illegal in 49 of the 50 states. In 10 of those states, sodomy—which was variously defined but could, in some states, include oral sex—carried a maximum sentence of 20 years. Citizens in Connecticut who engaged in oral sex faced 30 years in prison—60 years for people who lived in North Carolina. In Nevada it could mean life behind bars. It was a time when 37 states outlawed sex between unmarried people and 45 criminalized adultery. Two states even banned heavy petting.

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This is the oppressive world some would have us return to. These moralists say that if sex doesn’t beget children, it’s a sin. Your sex life, your privacy rights and the rights of men and women everywhere are casualties of this belief. In Arizona, under a proposed bill women who hoped to have their health insurer cover birth control would have been forced to provide their employer with proof they were taking the pill for a medical condition—not just for the purpose of avoiding pregnancy. A new Kansas law allows a pharmacist to refuse to sell someone contraception on the grounds that such a sale could violate the pharmacist’s religious beliefs. Similar laws already exist in Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and South Dakota. Lawmakers in Michigan are pushing one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in decades, while in Texas and Pennsylvania people continue to demand the defunding of Planned Parenthood centers, which provide health care to countless women. Across America these conservatives continue to assault the rights of gays, whether by denying them the right to marry or, as in Kansas, by attempting to empower landlords, business owners and employers to discriminate against gays on religious grounds. And earlier this year, when a Republican legislator in Virginia told CNN “sodomy is not a civil right,” I thought of Charles Cotner and wondered how much time we have left before we lose all the advances of the sexual revolution.

Nearly 50 years ago in the pages of this magazine I warned that “when religion rather than reason dictates legislation, do not expect logic with your law.” 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. 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.

This is a religious nation, but it is also a secular one. For decades the American people have found a way to balance religious beliefs with secular freedoms. We have enjoyed freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion. These need not be incompatible. No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed. This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.

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138 comments

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I love you! I wish I could meet you so i can say 'Thank you' not only for this kind of article, but also because you have always respected and treated the woman as a human being, not as an object! You are a true hero and a true gentlemen, and one of the best human beings. Loves you! and I hope your words get more in the peoples minds and hearts 8)!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I loved the article, especially that you shed some new light on the 1960s for me. Keep on being awesome.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This just turned a lightbulb on in my head. I never thought about how we aren't even sexually free, I guess there really is no separation of religion and state.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Respect. That is that is what I have for Mr. Hefner.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Well said! Playboy is as smart and as revolutionary as it was 50 years ago! Bravo Mr. Hefner!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    In a world whose population has more than doubled in those same 50 years, opposition of any kind to the voluntary avoidance of the birth of children is a crime against the planet.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you. This is such a well worded and relevant essay. It brings up so many valid and intelligent points. Seriously, bravo
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Well holy hell, Hugh Hefner. This was a wonderful piece.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you Mr. Hefner. I am always amazed when those of us who declare themselves to be "the real Americans", disregard our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers understood the perils of religious tyranny and wrote in the guarantee to protect us from it. In terms that a 5th grader would understand: You have the right to your religious beliefs, but you have no right to impose your religious beliefs on other people. What is so hard to understand about that? In the same way they want government to stay out of their business, they demand to get into everyone else's. Hypocrisy to the extreme. Thankfully, our Constitution in non-denominational.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I wonder if somebody will found a religion that enshrines gay marriage. Then if it's still on the books, go after DOMA in that it violates their 1st amendment right? Or sue the IRS for not recognizing it?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    try to understand the mindset of a true believer, once you assume they really believe, their repression of non believers makes perfect sense. why shouldn't they force their beliefs on the entire world? their god is a global god, above *all* mankind. and they're suffering for your sins, because your sins bring about evil, which affects all of us.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Anyone else read this in Hughs voice?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    If your having a problem with the way things are going in this country, you have the right as citizens to either elect officials who will change the laws or run for office. Remember people, you voted in these motherfuckers that make those laws. I'm not advocating gay rights or anything by any means, but if you have a problem with how things are going, either stand up to the shit thats going on, or shut the fuck up, sit down, or just leave this country for a place that will make you warm and fuzzy inside where they bend to your every will.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Wow ok so I know "I read it for the articles" is that stupid stereotypical excuse for having a copy of playboy but I totally just did. Huh. Anyway, good article, props.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    New found respect for Hugh Hefner.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great editorial! Thank you Mr. Hefner, for educating us on the recent past in this country, and the danger of complacency. Well done!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This really enjoyed reading your article Mr. Hugh Hefner
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I never thought I'd ever actually like Hugh Hefner, but I'm more than a bit in love with article.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    He's exaggerating. No competent senator would bring a bill outlawing adult anal sex in 2012. This old man is out of touch.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    And then the Americans wage war on the Muslims because 'they are religious extremists'... dudes, as a person living in the country where the Pope is, I can tell you America's religious extremism is pretty frightening too.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sexual liberation is one of the greatest and most necessary revolutions to hit America. It's high time more of us start thinking like this. Amazing, Hugh.
  • DAVID
    DAVID
    Please also post this editorial on a web page with no pictures. That way it would be accessible even to people who claim to find sexy pictures objectionable. The link that led me here was on Daily Kos, and had a warning, "There is some skin as a background." That would remove the only excuse for not reading it.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Should be reposted everywhere
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    i like to give them a taste of their own medicine. if religious people find it okay to discriminate against people they dont believe in, i should have the right to discriminate against them. twisted logic, i know. but when people shout hate while they stand behind a cross, they are tying that hate speech in with their religion and everyone else who identifies with it. if religious people dont want to be discriminated against then they should think twice about who they are actively discriminating.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you Heff ... we tend to forget that you and your life's work are more than just T&A.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Very well done! There is one thing I don't get about religion. I don't mind when other people pray. Why do they mind when I don't pray? Also, many people confuse church with belief. I can belief in god without following all the laws some old and power-hungry bishop nade up...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Liked, Tweeted, +1'd.... Thanks, Hef! I'm sure I'll get some arguments from my fundie friends. :-)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    For a very modern country America is very backward at times.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    As a young lesbian who has "read" Playboy for years I truly appreciate these sentiments.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I must say that Mr. Hefner is absolutely correct. Unfortunately a lot of people will either ignore or refuse to listen to what he's saying simply because they view him as a 'smut peddler'. I'm sorry but I find the cruel, disgusting, mysoginistic crap that Todd Akin was spewing FAR MORE OBSCENE that anything that was ever seen or read in any Playboy from day one to the day after tomorrow.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hef, you just became one of my personal heroes. THANK YOU FOR THIS!!! And thank you for always standing up for our sexual and even civil freedoms and rights!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Everything about this article is perfection.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    "We have enjoyed freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion. These need not be incompatible." They can never be incompatible. They're just opposite sides of the same coin, for there can be no freedom of your religion if you don't have freedom from every other religion out there.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    "Thank god I live in Australia"? I also live in Australia. What about the marriage equality issue in our own country? What about the Queensland Premier allowing gay hate crimes go through a legal loophole of the 'Gay Panic' clause? What about Tony Abbott wanting to demolish women's wages in a nation where women still don't have equal pay for the exact same work as men? By the way, I am male; but I am also a Human Being.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great article, slightly ironic how is hidden in between pages where woman have been objectified.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    If you think about, we, as liberals/atheists/democrat, whatever you want to call people who use reason/logic, also put our opinions out there and legislate our beliefs. The only difference is our faith, in logic and science, is based upon two things: 1) Our ability to reason and 2) our understanding that we dont know everything or have all the answers, but we are going to try to find the truth/answer. Organized religion is based upon two things, money and control. Sorry for the novella.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I was skeptical when a friend linked me to a playboy article, however, this article is insightful and true. The conservative movement wants less government, so why are its leaders reaching into my bedroom? Neither the church nor the government has any right to dictate who I have sex with, how much sex I have, or what kind of sex I'm having. What two (or more, if you like that) consenting adults do in private together is nobody's business but their own.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Anybody who wastes their time worrying about who's buggering who should spent their time doing something more constructive. It's all a waste of time and effort and nobody should be deprived of their rights.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Amen! Mr. Hefner, I have great respect for you. Thank you for this.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I come here for the articles anyway
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    HEFNER: Revolutionary and Brilliant!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    More than just a glossy magazine.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I wonder why marriage became a legislative concern in the first place. As Americans we are supposedly free to practice whatever religion we choose. We also have freedom of speech and expression. And we have the right to decide for ourselves to carry out those freedoms out as we see fit. Government has no right to stipulate conduct based on religion, sexual preference, or the choice to marry. Nowhere in our Constitution and Bill Of Rights is that authority granted. Separation between church and state covers the religious influence. Worship is an individual freedom and those beliefs and mores should not be forced on others. Marriage is between people who have made a commitment to one another. We have the right to choose our mate(s). How that marriage is consummated is up to the union of those involved. In America, when the government prevents people from being happy, they have done a grave disservice Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Thanks Mr. Hefner for all you have done to make the world a better place.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Congratulations on the article Hugh - very level-headed and we'll written. It's just a shame that half the country are too stupid or bigoted to take it all in.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you so much. Hugh Hefner, the undeniable champion of heterosexual masculine appeal, proclaiming such non-chalant support for gay rights is incredibly empowering to the lgbt community.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I do agree with everything stated and as always a very well written article! It is depressing also that our government pulls on our heart strings to try to obtain votes based on our religious views. And now what was used as a ploy to win votes has now actually become more involved in our government eliminating our separation of church and state. Thank you Mr Hefner for writing an article that was informative, thought provoking, and the honest truth.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I am a pagan who worships the goddess of erotic love. I worship sexual freedom and sexual pleasure in all its forms and laws like the proposed limit not only my secular freedoms but my religious freedoms.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This needed to be said.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Well done. A VERY smart and insightful, and brave man.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Preach the good word, brother!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Well done, Hef. This is the sort of common sense that should be the basis for most people in america.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I don't know what else to say to this except thank you very, very much. It's heartbreaking how women and gays are treated in this country. Logic and compassion are so hard to come by on a daily basis. Thank you for this support and the little bit of comfort this article has provided.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Since when has playboy had articles?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You have been my hero since I heard about you. Not just because of the girls, but because you are an all around decent human being.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I have never in my life had any respect for Playboy or its founder, but now I find myself re-thinking that. I have always disliked these magazines, seeing them as only a way to de-humanize women, turn them into objects. However, this article has now opened my eyes to just how important a part playboy has played in our freedom. I live in Australia, where I think we have other problems, but I have been following this debacle(s) in USA and wondering if it will impact me, even here. Thank you, Mr. Heffner, this article has opened my eyes, and taught me a lot.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you for all of you have done to promote sexual freedom. Life is too short to not enjoy this natural part of life!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Not knowing much about Playboy (as I am gay) I have to say, I used to think it was dehumanizing and degrading to the woman. But now that I have looked more into it, I must say that you are truly a good person, Mr. Hefner. Good luck with all endeavors and may you have a blessed life.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Except Mr Hefner ignores a major part of some of the advocates of such policies: their hypocrisy. How's about a partial list: Ted Haggart, Jimmy Swaggert, Jim Bakker, David Vitter. . .
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank God I live in Australia
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Smart man. I don't understand how more people can't see this.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hefner for President
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I say we create a new religion. In this new religion, let's call it "Freedomity", all acts of consensual sexual exploration are permitted. In fact, anything having solely to do with oneself that has no measurable effect on anyone else, is permitted. If there is measurable effect, we do not approve of detrimental effects, but pleasurable and consented to effects are certainly tolerated. Let's get this movement started. And when legislators try to push their discriminatory agenda, they will be guilty of discrimination against "Freedomists".
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This is an excellent article! I have a new found respect for Hugh Hefner and I hope he continues to write articles like this.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thanks for being part of this revolution Hugh. Really thank you!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I agree 100%, but let's face it the only reason he's concerned it because his business of sex would go under and he would lose all assets.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Playboy often has me doing this, as well.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    My god. All this time, I thought of Hugh Hefner as just an affable, awesome pervert. I had no idea this man was such a deep thinker and amazing writer. I am so so sorry for my earlier thoughts, this is just marvelous. I hope this becomes the new American philosophy.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Do not call evangelicals conservatives, they are not. Evangelicals follow the religious teachings of their messiah and if you read carefully, Jesus was all about theocracy. So please don't lump me in with thise fuggin martians.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You're right! I don't understand why people are putting their own personal beliefs and opinions about lifestyle out there. They're basically using the government as evangelism. Why can't people just put away their personal beliefs and think about the greater good? Even if the gay marriage issue is forgotten for a while, I truly believe that we will legalize gay marriage. It's just a matter of time.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Right on, Hugh. You've been fighting the good fight for more half a century - Thank you, good sir, most sincerely. I made sure my children grew up placing your name in the same pantheon of American Heroes as Paine, Keller, King, and so many others, too numerous to mention. Yours has been an invaluable contribution, and it is one that every American should respect and appreciate. Thank you for this latest salvo in our mutual defense. -- Brian in WV
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Agreed 100%! I wonder if anyone reading this article on THIS website actually disagrees... If you do: Get the fuck out.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I agree with Mr. Hefner, to a point. We have come a long way in the past few decades and if we're not careful we could find ourselves going backward. I have always believed that what happens between consenting adults behind closed doors is nobodys business but theirs. However, in my opinion, when homosexual couples seek marriage under the law, they not only seek equal rights, they seek the acceptance and approval of society. They can live where they want, they can work where they want, they can dine where they want, they can not tell me that I have to approve of their lifestyle.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I could not agree more.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Very well said, thank you.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hugh, Why have you never run for political office?
  • SETH
    SETH
    I love Playboy, and what Hugh - you've done with it, and I (like you it seems) detest those who push illogical attitudes onto sex and marriage. For instance, a man should be allowed to marry more than one female at the same time - why not? It isn't even supported by the bible to avoid that, it is merely a cultural false religion leader supported fallacy and one that results in break up and hurt for no reason based on the imagination that something improper has happened. Also, oral sex is mentioned in the bible in describing an adulterous woman, but not as being the slightest bit wrong in itself - "So is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats and she wipes her mouth and she says, “I have done nothing.” Proverbs 30:20 My point is that it is not religion or adherence to it that causes problems but blind following of illogical ideas and interpretations given by leaders. I also agree, that freedom of religion should extend to the bedroom, so that those who feel sex need not be intended to impregnate to be acceptable is totally legal in their own home provided some other abuse is not included, such as a lack of consent or infliction of serious injury, or emotional harm. I am a libertarian, Government not exceed it's people, and should not assert any control in personal choice matters that have no secular effect. That said, calling a agreement to live and help each other orgasm a marriage when it does not include the marriage of sexes is unnecessary, and thus government should have no part in legalizing gay marriage.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This is just perfect.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    THIS IS WHY WE LOVE PLAYBOY: COMMON SENSE!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    We've got to stand together against these reactionary religious forces attempting to decide what we can or can't do in the bedroom. It doesn't matter whether they're attacking the gay community or young female students trying to make ends meet. Guys, we've got to let go of the homophobia - let's see if we can't round up a few thousand more people to walk in marches like Gay Pride. If we don't hang together we'll all hang separately... What I and anyone else do consensually in my bedroom is my own business - completely.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    All Americans have a Civil Right to practice or not practice the religion of their choice. No law should ever infringe on that right. As the article states, it is possible to balance the two sides. You just have to be willing to protect my rights as well as your own.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    So you call butt sex a civil right? Which I guess justifies homosexuality.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    The guy above me is an idiot.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I have just gained so much respect for Hugh Hefner. Just WOW. Truly eye-opening article.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Religious Freedom is the freedom to believe what you want, it does not mean the right to tell others what they should do or believe, religious freedom being used to discriminate is just discrimination with a new banner. It's a sickening & disturbing trend that is going on in the USA & I hope it never leaves America's shores as so many other cultural exports do.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thankyou Hef, I have a brand new respect for you after reading this.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    what people do in the privacy of their own home is their right. if they are gay straight or bi who cares what they do. but it was a really good article Mr. Hefner
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This is one of the most articulate and convincing arguments I have heard for gay marriage and sexual freedom in general. It makes it that much more saddening seeing those who remain firmly against it in the comments. Props Mr. Hefner, it makes me happier knowing there are people like you in the world.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Anyone who looks at these issues and dismisses them as "not my problem" seriously needs to take a time out and read this.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    To quote one of Mr. Hefner's fellow publishers (and rights advocates), "Relax. It's just sex." I can absolutely not fathom the mindset of a person who is obsessively concerned with what other consenting adults do in private, and is driven to stop it. Sex is like steak. If you're a carnivore, dig in. If you're a vegan, don't. But the former group shouldn't force the latter to eat meat, just as the latter shouldn't try to ban it. There is room for co-existence, as Mr. Hefner writes above. I'll make a deal with the anti-sex league. We'll keep our sodomy and oral and anal sex and all that other good stuff private if you keep your laws out of our bedrooms and off of women's bodies. Fair enough?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Preach it! As a pansexual female who's fairly kinky, my girlfriend and I get all sorts of bullcrap for 1) being in a lesbian relationship, 2) enjoying the sexual practices we enjoy (pain fetish, anal play, bladeplay, etc), and 3) daring to think we're as human as the straight couple across the cafe from us. It's insane! How is our loving, committed relationship any less valid than the just-for-shits-n-giggles marriages so many celebrities go through these days? Is it because we both have vaginas? Is it because we do things in our own private bedroom what you wouldn't do in yours? Is it because someone else's god (not my God, and not my girlfriends god/desses) says so? Society doesn't have to approve of us or even LIKE us. But be damned if I'm going to sit by while everyone else around us enjoys first-class American citizenship, and we're told we're freaks who can never marry, just because some conservative pea-brained nuts say so!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hef, coming from the younger generation - when I sat down to read The Playboy Philosophy I was shocked to read how much you have done for this country, and the world. You truly were and still are before you time - as true legends always are. I would love to see you publish a second Playboy Philosophy book evaluating and comparing how times have changed, and just to generally read your indepth perspective on current times. You are a true inspiration, With Love xOxx
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mr. Hefner, you are the man.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    A wonderful man who sees the truth of today. Thank you Mr. Hefner and I love you.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hugh Hefner for president !
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Well, that was great. I must say that I really agree with all the sentiments here and admire the eloquent manner in which they are expressed. Good for Mr. Hefner and good for human rights, say I.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mr. Hugh Hefner, I love you! If I ever meet you, I would like to respectfully ask to kiss you! You are my new hero. This was perfect brilliance.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    It would seem too many people think they have more right than God to judge others...they need to mind their own business and examine how "righteous" their own lives are.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    >"Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. " Quite a few decent points, but that one completely missed the mark. Christians (that I've known) worry greatly about sex being dehumanised by being removed from relationships, and being degraded through what they see as obscene, wacked out stuff (Japan, I'm looking at you and your tentacle rape). Also, it's silly to lump all religious into the Catholic bucket of sex as "just about procreation", because that's clearly not the case. Most protestant Christians I know use protection, and sex is nowhere near just about procreation for them.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I've never had more respect for this man than I do now.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    By the end of this article I found my self going, YES! and cheering, then I realized I was alone in my room... But I don't think I was alone in the feeling. This is wonderful!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    *Blush* I'll give you this Hugh Hefner, as a woman---you've never backed down from your most deeply held belief. That belief is that people, men and women, should have the right to do whatever they want with their bodies and shouldn't be ashamed of themselves. There's no sin in being happy, and in being free to love and to love again.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    It really pisses off the right to think that somewhere, somehow, someone is having fun.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I'm not opposed to homosexual couples being just that, but I don't feel that gives them the right to be Married. What they do is their business, that they expect it to be treated EXACTLY the same as a heterosexual couple is my issue... Give them all legal rights as needed, but do not compound the issue by trying to make them a married couple.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    absolutely pertinent and amazingly accurate. Hef is the icon the image the iconoclast of the sexual freedom movement.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    So basically I'm not going to waste time writing a whole paragraph because you put this so well I couldn't do better if I tried. I'll get to the point as simply as I can: Mr. Hefner, you fucking rock.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dear Hef-Thank You For all The Great Woman You've put Into Your Magazine During my life time. Without These Women I Would have committed Suicide a long time ago Because I Am Not The Type Of Guy Beautiful women are easily Attracted to But I Am Highly Intelligent And recognize The social conditioning Which Most Females are Trapped by Through Religion And The doctrine Of sin. Its nothing but Bullshit. Everyone Feels The same way Even those Who Have Been trained to Hide it from public Eyes. I Honestly Wish I Was in The Porn industry Enjoying As Much sex as possible. It Really Is The Only Way to Enjoy a Great life While You are alive. Enjoy Your Evening, Mike
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Very powerful indeed. Sexual freedom.. is just that. Our freedom
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    The best phrase I have heard is “if you don’t like gay marriage, then don’t have one,” that pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter. Denying couples the rights to legally get married denies their given rights according to the constitution. In America where we view freedoms as one of founding rights there is a very narrow view of who is allowed freedoms and when they do not align with the perceived norm and it is unconstitutional and morally bankrupt.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I don't read playboy, but this was a very good article and needs to be broadcast to more visible sources so that other people can read this.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    TIL Hugh Hefner is awesome.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    It is so important for the youth of american to believe in something. I hope that religious beliefs and sexual desire one day lay together in homes of families and not political figures.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Ah...only pro Hef's perspective comments are published, I see.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hr.Hefner you are a wise man.Thank you for everything you've done for sexual relations around the world.I shutter to think where men would be without your advise and your magazine
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Wise words. I wish that all such "laws" needed to be run past someone whose Moral Highground is not based on bible studies and their grandparent's warnings!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you Mr. Hefner. This is so eloquently stated. I am so happy we still have people like you left in this world. You're the man!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I always knew I loved him but now I know why.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Extremely well written!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I never though I'd be cheering on Hugh Hefner, but nicely put.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hugh, I could not have said it better myself. Brilliant article.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You, sir, are the original "The Man".
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