He remade women in the image of male fantasies. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away last week, and he left behind a different and in many ways worse world than the one he entered.
But his real legacy wasn’t just mainstreaming pornography. As my BreakPoint colleague, Shane Morris pointed out at Patheos, by making promiscuity look cool and classy, Hefner contributed to the sexual revolution’s devaluing of women.
Women are wondrous creations, with the ability to grow life! Because of that, sex has always been risky—or as University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus puts it—“expensive.”
Maybe that’s why Hefner’s foundation contributed so much money to Planned Parenthood, or even to help legalize abortion-on-demand.
But the cheap sex that Hefner envisioned is more costly than we realize. The little lives lost, the marriages destroyed, and the men enslaved to pornography in the wake of Hefner’s revolution prove it.