It’s official: Playboy is a hate site; Update: Playboy pulled it
posted at 1:05 pm on June 1, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Playboy likes to claim that it prints pictures of naked women as a means to empower them. Uh-huh. It seems that Playboy and Hugh Hefner only like to empower women to the extent that they’ll take off their clothes, but when they open their mouths and have an opinion … well, then it’s time to roll out the demonization. They have a new feature on the website that features — and I’m not making this up — conservative women they’d like to “hate-f**k” (link NSFW):
Obama promised us the dream of post-partisanship—a cuckoo land where party affiliation and factional animosity were forgotten. Turn on cable news or open any newspaper, however, and you’ll quickly discover that the dream has yet to materialize. But there is a way to reach across the aisle without letting principles fall by the wayside. We speak, naturally, of the hate [f**k]. We may despise everything these women represent, but goddammit they’re hot. Let the healing begin.
The hatred is certainly apparent on all ten of the entries on this list. The boss hits #1 on this list, Amanda Carpenter’s on it too, but perhaps the entry on Mary Katharine Ham demonstrates their misogynism best:
The Hate F**k Rating: You get this one pregnant, she stays pregnant. Karma’s a bitch, isn’t it?
Let’s be clear about terms here. A “hate f**k” sounds like something perhaps just short of rape, but degrading enough to entertain the perverted twerps at Playboy. The fact that the magazine published this piece of effluvium should be enough to show that everyone in the editorial process, from the writer to Hef himself, don’t want women empowered. They want silent sex objects, and when confronted with women whose opinions differ from theirs, want them humiliated.
This one on Megyn Kelly is too pricelessly ironic:
The Hate F**k Rating: You need to flagellate your genitals for wanting to f**k this woman.
Isn’t the entire Playboy empire based on self-flagellation of genitals?
Last I saw, Playboy’s losing so much money they have to cut back on the number of editions they print. Hopefully, that number approaches zero soon.
Update: Tommy Christopher concurs (link fixed).
Update II: Yid with Lid notes that the list also included another friend, Pamela Geller, and adds this:
The internet is a weird place, any Idiot with a computer can start writing. Some like myself are lucky enough to build up a following. There are times that we object to people’s ideas and make fun of them. We even make fun of their political crutches like TOTUS. But there are lines that most of us know not to cross, Guy Cimbalo leapfrogged over that line. His So Right it’s Wrong is not only an attempt to denigrate these fine writers, but all women, actually all writers everywhere. It has no other purpose, it doesn’t inform, it isn’t funny, the article’s only purpose is to be mean.
In my youth I read Playboy often, and never thought the pictures were pornography, but Guy Cimbalo attempt at writing at Playboy.com, THAT is pornography at it worst.
May I suggest a strongly worded email to the Lou Mohn, [email protected], Playboy’s publisher?
Update III: Playboy has pulled the article, with no explanation, Allahpundit reported on Twitter. I think we know the reason, though.
Update IV: Caleb Howe saved it from the memory hole.