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Barbara Kay: To understand Bill Cosby, start with Alfred C. Kinsey

Posted on 2015-07-29 07:30:03

In a letter to the editor in the July 25 National Post regarding Bill Cosby’s alleged sex crimes, Jerry Pryde, of Stoney Creek, Ont., wrote: “It should be noted one of Cosby’s accusers claims the deed occurred at the Playboy mansion when she was 15. This raises the question: who allowed a 15-year old girl inside what amounts to little more than a high-end brothel?” RelatedBill Cosby rape accusers out of the shadows as 35 photographed, interviewed by magazineNew York Magazine hacked following Bill Cosby cover story The answer to “who” let the girl into the “high-end brothel” called the Playboy mansion is, figuratively speaking, Hugh Hefner, chief missionary of Playboy magazine. But Mr. Pryde’s question is a good one, because it opens the door to speculation on the influences that produced what cultural critic Mary Eberstadt termed “pedophilia chic” — the idea that sex between adults and underage teenagers, or even children, is a victimless crime. Playboy was launched in 1953, when Bill Cosby was an impressionable teenager. Perhaps Cosby read and internalized lessons from the Playboy Advisor’s “seduction manual,” which in Playboy’s first year of publication took up the question of how college men could overcome virgins’ resistance to casual sex. Suggested methods included the “persistent approach” (now understood as harassment) and the “alcoholic approach” (now understood as non-consensual sex).  But the most sophisticated strategy was the “Kinsey approach.” Hefner was a huge fan of Alfred C. Kinsey, an Indiana University zoologist, whose 1948 report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, was the Sexual Revolution’s Ur-text (a “Human Female” volume came out in 1953). Hefner boasted of being “Kinsey’s pamphleteer,” proud to bruit the often-cited Kinsey mantra: “fornicate early, fornicate often, fornicate in every possible way” (including bestiality, which Kinsey described in more tender language than he applied to human sex). The Playboy Advisor’s “Kinsey........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


Barbara Kay on how you know you’re a pit bull fanatic (Video)

Latest Column

Barbara Kay: To understand Bill Cosby, start with Alfred C. Kinsey

Posted on 2015-07-29 07:30:03

In a letter to the editor in the July 25 National Post regarding Bill Cosby’s alleged sex crimes, Jerry Pryde, of Stoney Creek, Ont., wrote: “It should be noted one of Cosby’s accusers claims the deed occurred at the Playboy mansion when she was 15. This raises the question: who allowed a 15-year old girl inside what amounts to little more than a high-end brothel?” RelatedBill Cosby rape accusers out of the shadows as 35 photographed, interviewed by magazineNew York Magazine hacked following Bill Cosby cover story The answer to “who” let the girl into the “high-end brothel” called the Playboy mansion is, figuratively speaking, Hugh Hefner, chief missionary of Playboy magazine. But Mr. Pryde’s question is a good one, because it opens the door to speculation on the influences that produced what cultural critic Mary Eberstadt termed “pedophilia chic” — the idea that sex between adults and underage teenagers, or even children, is a victimless crime. Playboy was launched in 1953, when Bill Cosby was an impressionable teenager. Perhaps Cosby read and internalized lessons from the Playboy Advisor’s “seduction manual,” which in Playboy’s first year of publication took up the question of how college men could overcome virgins’ resistance to casual sex. Suggested methods included the “persistent approach” (now understood as harassment) and the “alcoholic approach” (now understood as non-consensual sex).  But the most sophisticated strategy was the “Kinsey approach.” Hefner was a huge fan of Alfred C. Kinsey, an Indiana University zoologist, whose 1948 report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, was the Sexual Revolution’s Ur-text (a “Human Female” volume came out in 1953). Hefner boasted of being “Kinsey’s pamphleteer,” proud to bruit the often-cited Kinsey mantra: “fornicate early, fornicate often, fornicate in every possible way” (including bestiality, which Kinsey described in more tender language than he applied to human sex). The Playboy Advisor’s “Kinsey........

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