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Hugh Hefner Has A Much Darker Legacy Than Anyone Would Expect

Hugh Hefner, the man, the myth, the legend passed away this week. He was a luminary of pop culture and recognizable all over the world. He’s been the center of praise, and ire of progressive ideas. To many, he was a symbol of male sexuality; the pop culture equivalent to the male libido. But were all these views held by so many an accurate depiction of the man, or were they a fabrication we made of a deeply troubled man with an archaic mindset toward women? You decide.

Did Hugh really set women free?

Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in 2003.

Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in 2003. Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in 2003. | Robert Mora/Getty Images

One of the many things people laud Hugh Hefner for is the fact that in many peoples minds he set women free. That freedom came from embracing their nude selves was not only liberating, it was revolutionary at the time. Women were generally told to cover up as much as possible. But then Hugh came along and wanted to break those chains.

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