The revisionist view of Hugh Hefner conceals more than it reveals
Bachelors and Bunnies:
The Sexual Politics of Playboy
by Carrie Pitzulo
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"Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough." So said malevolent tycoon Noah Cross to Jake Gittes, the gullible gumshoe in Roman Polanski's Chinatown, a dark hymn to Americans' limitless capacity for self-delusion in the face of power. Lately, Polanski must be wondering how his old pal Hugh Hefner has managed—with a history scarcely less scandalous than his own—to win respectability and even veneration from quarters that once damned him as little more than a smut peddler, albeit one with a killer sense of style and a terrific head for business. Maybe the seventy-seven-year-old Polanski just needs to stick around a little longer.
Over the past year or two, the media mainstream has lauded the eighty-four-year-old Playboy founder as, among other things, a heroic freedom
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