Let's Not Lionise The Late Hugh Hefner. He Made Misogyny Mainstream

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Hugh Hefner died this week aged 91. While still alive he bought his own burial site in Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, right next to Marilyn Monroe's crypt. Poor Marilyn. She really didn't ask for this. They will lie side by side forever: the vulnerable woman who is still a masturbatory fantasy for millions of men, and the gazillionaire owner of Playboy, who ruthlessly exploited her images. In 1953, he ran the 'first ever' nude photos of Monroe. From then on, the smart, funny actress became a body. Ten years later, she died of a drug overdose.

Hefner famously made his playmates and hostesses wear bunny costumes. In an interview in 1967, Hefner explained why: "[It is] because it's a fresh animal, shy, vivacious, jumping – sexy. First it smells you, then it escapes, then it comes back, and you feel like caressing it, playing with it. A girl resembles a bunny. Joyful, joking." Jokey molestation and harassment of these sexy bunnies were part of the game. Men were encouraged to believe these employees loved the attention.

His parties, according to many of the women Hefner hired or slept with, were orgies. He took pictures of his lovers and criticised their bodies. Drugs, allegedly, were rife.

Some escapees from Hefner's kingdom claimed he had strange and cruel fetishes. Thinking about what went on (and still does) brings up a putrid whiff. I am incredulous that so many intelligent and talented females fell for this dirty old man.

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Hugh Hefner and 60 Playmates, including his wife Crystal (2nd R) at Playboy's 60th anniversary celebrations Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Playboy

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