The Girls Next Door
By James L. Lambert
The scholar who exposed fraud and exploitation in the work of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey is blowing the whistle on the E! cable channel's new "reality" show about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his three live-in girlfriends.
Judith Reisman, author of "Kinsey: Crime and Consequences" and a soon-to-be-released new title, "Kinsey's Attic: How One Man's Pathology Changed the World," says "Girls Next Door" is Hollywood's latest and boldest attempt to normalize pornography in our culture.
The author, who served as a consultant to the U.S. Justice Department on obscenity issues, is angry the network is investing so much time in glamorizing a man she refers to as "a 79-year-old pornographer." The show is advertised as a reality show filmed exclusively from the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles.
Reisman charges Hefner "actually drew the first 'sibling' incest cartoon for Playboy in 1954." She adds he "personally selected the thousands of child sex abuse jokes and cartoons that were a Playboy staple."
In one "Girls Next Door" episode, the three girls are shown getting ready for a nude lay-out in the famous magazine, all under the watchful eye of the magazine's patriarch. Much of the reality show centers around the famous Playboy Mansion and the "everyday lives" of these girls.
"The fact (that the network) states on its website it is owned 49.9 percent by Disney says it all," Reisman told WND. "Disney now pimps the antique, surgically enhanced Hugh Hefner playboy. Hefner's 'innocent' pornography will seduce dad. Seduce dad and you will get his kids. Seduce kids and you control; you own an entire impotent male population of users and female wannabees - forever."
Reisman sees the E! TV program, which airs Sunday nights, as another step in mainstreaming Playboy's endorsement of multi-partner sexual relationships. Hefner's live-in girls illustrate that, she says.
"Many male consumers are easily trained to believe they are being cheated if they have a love life with one woman," says Reisman. "Sex merchants intend to displace woman-wife and love. Sex merchants intend to become the consumer's substitute lover!"
Reisman is not alone in her concern about "Girls Next Door." Syndicated radio talk-show host, Paul McGuire, heard in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver and St. Louis, agrees with Reisman.
"You can package Hugh Hefner and the 'Girls Next Door' any way you want, but ultimately the show is about normalizing pornography," he says. "Hefner is a pornographer and has made his fortune exploiting women. I know women who were playmates in Hefner's Playboy-porno empire. Their lives were ruined at a young age and they continue to suffer many years later. Many of them are terrified of going public and telling what really happened to them. ... This is the dark side of the Hefner and his porno empire that E! TV and Playboy don't want you to see."
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