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Women’s reactions to Playboy say a lot about the modern glorification of sex

They're just reading the articles, right?


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 3, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 3:23 pm CDT

It’s no secret that Playboy has always been geared toward a male audience. So what happens when women—real women, mind you—take a peek at Hugh Hefner‘s handiwork?

BuzzFeedVideo decided to find out, and the results are enshrined forever on the Internet in its latest YouTube offering.

While the women certainly commented on the objectification of Playboy‘s models in recent issues of the magazine, they also took issue with the magazine’s apparent struggles to secure an identity in the 1990s and the obvious photo enhancements that turned actual women into creatures that simply weren’t real.

Not all of their observations were negative. They praised the magazine for its nostalgia factor when thumbing through a few issues from the 1960s and 1970s.

What’s most notable, however, is how desensitized the women were throughout the entire video. Sure, some of that may have come from read a half-century’s worth of adult magazines, but overall, Playboy simply didn’t register as unusually outrageous. The objectification and glorification of sex and the impossible body-sculpting in mainstream media have left outlets like Playboy seeming comparatively tame.

Screengrab via BuzzFeedVideo/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 3, 2015, 2:12 pm CST