Sunday, May 9, 1965
THE DAILY TAR HEEL
Sa ys 'Playboy Philosophy
By FRED TIIOMAS
DTH Copy Editor
"I think our sexual values
are one of the sickest parts
of our societyand most de
serving of extensive re-examination."
This statement could belong
to only one prominent national
figure. And he'll be here to
expound upon it, and count
less others of his opinions,
tomorrow night. -
Hugh Hefner, founder and
presently editor-publisher- of
Playboy magazine,- will lead
a panel discussion at 8 p.m.
tomorrow . in Memorial Hall
on MThe Playboy Philosophy,"
sponsored by the Carolina
s Hefner began the philoso
phy series in 'December, 1963,
and has since used it is a
forum for the expression of
some of the most controver
sial opinions on sex, society
and religion ever to be print
ed. - :
'Hefner comments not in
frequently on the censorship
situation in America today.
"I don't believe in the cen
sorship of any material be
cause someone, somewhere .
considers it offensive . . , or
because they take exception
to its subject , matter, lan
guage, or ideas per se," says
the . articulate ; observer of:
American cultural life.
. According to Hefner, a so
ciety tends to censor what it
fears. 'In America, we cen
sor sex, because we're afraid,
of it." i,. '
In reference to the popularly-offered
reason for supress
ing pictures and writing deal
ing with sex, that such things
must be kept from our chil
dren, Hefner says:. -.
"I think that - children are
often used as an excuse for
what actually becomes and
is intended to be the cen
sorship of adult society." -
But all hope is not lost for
blind humanity., -
.. In . Hefner's opinion society
is in a state of significant
sexual transition. But as. he .
sees uy it is less a'change inr
behavior than "a change' in
attitudes toward the behavior.
:- "It is, it seems to me. a
rejection ' of our -Puritan past
... a transition from guilt,
sname and hypocrisy to a
new honesty, a new permis
siveness, a new willingness .to ,
talk about sex in a frank and r
open way " a - freedom' to ':,
examine, to express, to en
joy . . ." - - i - ,
However, if this sexual rev
oluton has been born, so-called
"family" magazines are not
in line to receive any o the
credit. J ; 1 :'
Hefner charges - in his phil-4
osophy , that their- dealings
with the subject of sex is no
more r than "printed pablum
... aimed at the mental and
emotional level of the 12-year-old
child.V :.; ;i :
Women's magazines are just
as bad, if not worse, in - his
eyes. . sex is usually
" approached with the imperson-.
al - diagnostic detachment of
a physician or psychiatrist.
"They're sick, sick, sick,
where sex is concerned."
Playboy, on the other hand,
is dedicated to bettering this
situation. : r , -
"I would say that if it has
been possible, through the
pages of the magazine (Play:
boy), to make people a little
I less, ashamed of the human
-body, and of sex as a subject
of conversation, then this, -in
itself, is a tremendous step
in the right direction.' V;
One of Hefner's most dy
namic statements appeared hi
the 21st part of Playboy Phil-'
" In recounting that a great
many "well-meaning mem
bers": of our society believe
that we would have a happier, ;
healthier civilization if there
were less emphasis upon sex,
the original playboy says,
"These people, are ignorant
of the most, fundamental facts
on the subject." " '
Then he emphatically states,
"what-Js clearly needed is "a
greater emphasis upon sex,
nut cut; vpjyoxk.
Concerning his own person
. al- feelings .on., life," liberty
and the pursuitJof happiness ,
Hefner says, The Playboy
: Philosophy ; is - predicated on
my .belief in the importance
of the individual and his rights
" as a member of a free society.
"That's my most basic prem-"
ise the starting point from
which everything else in which
I believe evolves.
'I believe in a moral and
law-abiding society, but one
in which morality and law
are based upon logic and
knowledge rather than super
stition or dogma."
The first issue of Playboy
sold over 50,000 copies out of
a print-run of 70,000. In com
parison, sales of the March
1965 issue topped 3,018,000.
Hefner was born in Chicago
on April ; 9, 1926. He attended ,
Steinmetz r. High School in
Chicago, and "was graduated,
from the University of Illi
nois in 1949. .
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of the problem,, but still vmnt to make a special, plea
- for one small paperback- (total-weight: 8.937 ounces).
The Dolphin Guide Tq Paris (Dolphin, $1.45) isn't
an absolutely necessary travel, companion". But, espe
cially if this is your first trip, we urge yon to buy it
anyway. Even if you plan to tour a great: many cities,
you should make it a point to know at least one of
them really well. And Paris well, it may not be
Senator Fulbright's favorite and we understand the
"in" people are going to Oslo this year but Paris
is still more things to more men than any place else
on earth. William Davenport's pocket-sized guide
book will take you to see practically everything worth
seeing and will show you where you can do practically
1 everything, worth doing.. It includes an astonishing
amount of off-beat information on such things as
laundry and drug stores, and still manages to be as
delightfully sophisticated as the city it celebrates.
For. some .with less escapist plans for June, The
Checklist For A Perfect Wedding Dolphin, 950 is
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Our final choice for pre-graduatibn reading 'is a
recognized classic. In "fact, the title of William H.
Whyte's book; The Organization Man Anchor, $1.45),
2 has so firm a place in our language that it may come
as a surprise to be reminded that it was first published
less than 10 years ago. In the intervening yearsj the
way of life Mr. Whyte describes has become tkesway
; of life for most middle-class 'Americans. Going to
graduate school, instead of directly into industry?
''Blood brother to the business trainee off . to ' join
Du Pont," Mr, Whyte writes, "is the seminary student
who will end up in the church hierarchy, the doctor
headed for the corporate clinic, the physics Ph.D. in
a government laboratory, the intellectual on the f oun-dation-sponsored
team project, the engineering gradu
ate in the huge drafting room at Lockheed, the young
apprentice in a .Wall Street law .factory."
Whether or not The Organization Man describes
the kind of life you want to lead, it is absorbing, im-
portant ' reading for anyone interested in American
society as it is today.
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