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December 5, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – While Playboy’s massive influence in overturning traditional sexual morality is admitted by most, what is less known is how the pornography empire provided legal expertise and funded court cases that played a crucial role in upending the traditional male/female family. 

“Playboy seed-funded not only research, but a legal team for the first lesbian-mother child custody case, according to a letter from the founding editor (in the [October, 27 2017] issue) of Archives of Sexual Behavior,” notes sociologist Mark Regnerus, author, researcher and associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. 

In a brief history provided to the readers of Archives of Sexual Behavior, the official publication of the pro-Kinseyian International Academy of Sex Research (IASR), founding president and editor Richard Green connects the dots from Hugh Hefner and his Playboy enterprise to yet another key turning point in the sexual revolution. 


When the nascent IASR sought to incorporate as a non-profit in the early 1970’s, the organization reached out to Hefner’s Playboy for help.  It appears that the growing pornography empire was more than happy to help out.  

A letter dated September 18, 1973 from Burton Joseph, Executive Director of the Playboy Foundation, says, “I have spoken with Playboy’s counsel.  They have assigned one of their experienced attorneys to handle the matter of incorporation of the International Academy of Sex Research.  I have arranged to have all the costs billed to the Playboy Foundation as our contribution toward the success of the Academy.”

In 1975, in order to bolster the credibility of the IASR by having international scholars participate in their first meeting, the Playboy Foundation paid the travel expenses for John Bancroft to attend from Oxford, England.

Playboy also helped the IASR with sex and gender research.  Green recalls, “When I transferred my long-term study of cross-gender the behaving boys from UCLA to Stony Brook, funding temporarily [fell between the cracks].  The Playboy Foundation bridged the gap.”  

Green continues, “When I began the study of mothers, currently living as lesbians, and their children, Playboy provided seed money.  For the first ‘lesbian mother child custody case,’ Playboy funded the mother’s attorney and her expert witness.  We won.”

IASR’s founder met with Hefner on at least one occasion, where he discussed his long-term ‘feminine boy study.’  

Green, in addition to founding the IASR and serving as the founding editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior, is Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of California, Los Angeles.   

Mainstreaming lesbian motherhood

In retrospect, Hugh Hefner is recognized as one of the great generals of the sexual revolution, which has produced catastrophic collateral damage to children in particular and more broadly to all of society.  The Playboy founder fought aggressively to divorce sex from marriage and spousal love.

Hefner and the Playboy organization funded and fought for the mainstreaming of  Abortion “rights,” the legalization of marijuana, the liberation of sex from love, and pornography.  

“Hefner himself was not single-handedly responsible for the massive social changes that rocked the Western world from the Sexual Revolution onwards, but he was easily the single most recognizable symbol of them all,” notes Jonathon Van Maren in his 2016 book, The Culture War

Hefner’s carefully cultivated image of a carefree bachelor living the high life disguised the ugliness and cruelty of his beliefs and his actions. “Linda Lovelace, a woman forced into pornography by her abusive husband, revealed that Hefner was fascinated by bestiality and demanded to see her with a dog,” Van Maren notes elsewhere.  “His magazine ran columns by the North American Man-Boy Love Association, which seeks to mainstream pedophilia. Hefner himself was accused by girls of molestation and statutory rape, and his magazine presented rape victims as hysterical and unreliable — which was perhaps Hefner’s way of discrediting his own victims.”

“All revolutions have collateral damage, and in all revolutions some civilians get hurt,” wrote Van Maren.  

“But the catastrophe of Hefner’s Sexual Revolution will be felt for generations: Fifty million pre-born children aborted, marriages smashed or abandoned, millions of children growing up in broken homes, rates of porn addiction that have crippled a generation of men, and a hypersexualized society that uses the bodies of girls and women to sell nearly every product on the market. The destruction and the carnage are nearly unfathomable.”



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