Hefner presented himself as a man committed — and successfully — to satisfying his Herculean sexual appetites. He was also the founder of Playboy.
Dressed semi-permanently in a silk dressing gown and
accompanied by a never-ending stream of spectacularly endowed young women, happy — or paid — to play arm candy to his commercialised Casanova, he advanced a lifestyle far beyond anything promoted by the Christian Brothers.
Hefner’s pornography-lite hardly raises an eyebrow now, but his magazine, founded in 1953, was one of the first mass-circulation steps along the road to the 24/7 internet pornography that seems so destructive and dehumanising today. It may not be immediately apparent, or acceptable to some, but he was one of the great influencers of his time.