The cause of feminism has found an unlikely ally in the lord of the Playboy Mansion. Hugh Hefner has added his voice to a growing chorus of critics, chastising the Republican Party for it’s War On Women. The “War On Women” became a household term, when the President required employers to cover the cost of birth control for their female employees, as a part of their insurance packages. The GOP argued that those morally opposed to the pill should not be forced to provide women contraception. The notion that birth control was still controversial was a surprise to many.
ENTER HUGH HEFNER
Hefner is generally reclusive at his advanced age but felt compelled to speak out against a resurgence in (what he terms is) a War On Sex. By attacking, the availability of contraception for women, the GOP is effectively threatening the sexual freedom, that has led to the Playboy Empire. Hefner laments, Mitt Romney’s promise to overturn, Roe vs. Wade. He offers a blistering criticism of Rick Santorum’s disdain for the pill. Santorum once remarked that the mere existence of birth control was “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” Hefner even attacked the controversial darling of independent voters, Ron Paul. Hef notes that Paul, “[Believes] that the birth control pill did not cause immorality but that immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pill”. Hefner, is hardly the most predictable hero of the women’s movement. Some feminists regard him as a predator and exploiter of women’s sexuality. Others define the liberation of women, by the ability of women to mimc the “freedoms” men enjoy. Both have put differences aside and determined that the GOP has gone to far, in attacking contraceptions for women.