Clicking through a Playboy article all about asking consent before sex, all I could think was, Who are you and what have you done with Playboy???
Hugh Hefner and feminists are uneasy bedfellows — pun definitely intended — even in the most liberal fields of Sex Positive-landia. But there was not much to gripe about over Playboy‘s 2013 Top Ten Party School Commandments, which extolled asking for consent as the #1 way to have a good time at the party. I had to wonder if they were hacked by techno-feminist pranksters.
Basically … yes.
A Playboy spokesperson confirmed to Think Progress that the website was completely fake — a parody, if you will, of party-hardy bro culture and the media landscape that encourages it. The Commandments piece acknowledged that campus party culture has a “not-so-toast-worthy, rape-ridden” side. Calling rape “kryptonite to sexual pleasure,” it declared, “Rape is only a good time if you’re a rapist. And fuck those people.”
To be sure, the pro-consent commandments weren’t anything you haven’t read 1,000 times in Frisky posts — “Drunk does not equal consent,” “Sex is better when you talk about it,” “Consent: ask first, often and always.” But you probably haven’t seen them much in Playboy, or Maxim, or Zoo, or any other spank bank magazine enjoyed by young men for the articles. It would be really freakin’ awesome to have seen consent lauded in the pages of the perennial lad mag. Good one, pranksters!
I also would have loved the interview with Hugh Hefner about why consent is important to be true. Because Fake Hugh Hefner really got this one right:
If you are a person who simply does not like consent, I would venture to guess that you are a rapist. And to you, I say, stop ruining sex for the rest of us.