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Empowerment Or Demeaning?

Rosanna Davison first posed for German Playboy
Rosanna Davison first posed for German Playboy

ROSANNA Davison will be the first Miss World and more importantly the first Irish girl to grace the pages of American Playboy.

The opportunity arose to meet Playboy boss Hugh Hefner in LA after she stripped off for German Playboy last month.

And her incredible figure could earn her six figures if rumours that she’ll grace the cover of the US edition of the magazine next April prove true.

Despite being a household name in Ireland, Chris de Burgh’s daughter is not well known in America. However, all that could change with the Playboy bunny stamp of approval.

Since first hitting top shelves in 1953, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have bared all for the magazine, including Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve and Ursula Andress.

Of course this does bring up the question, do magazines like Playboy empower women or just degrade them?

There are many who think that these ‘soft porn’ magazines are demeaning to women and encourage men to see their female counterparts as sexual objects.

It reinforces the stereotype that pretty women are less intelligent and can only get by on their looks and be successful by using their bodies.

Of course all the rumours about the grotto and the star-rating don’t help matters. A rumour started about Hefner and the Playmate of the Month because of markings on the front covers of the magazine. From 1955 to 1979 the “P” in Playboy had stars printed in or around the letter. It was said that this was either a rating from Hefner according to how attractive she was, the number of times that he had slept with her, or how good she was in bed. The stars actually indicated the domestic or international advertising region for that printing.

There are also those that think these magazines empower women.

Women have a lot more control now and with more opportunities available to the fairer sex it is no longer such a taboo to pose for Playboy.

While these women are beautiful they are also intelligent, career driven successful business women.

They know that they can make a life changing amount of money for one Playboy photo shoot and today we are in a time where that kind of money is not growing on trees.

These women know how to use their bodies to improve their lives and that is empowerment.

While men are in the mindset that it is done for them, women know that they have the power to give or take it away.

Women are making the choice to pose for these pictures, that sexiness, confidence and intelligence is the definition of empowerment.

Sex sells and when it comes to sexy women playboy has it all.

(Original text published in An Focal on 27 November 2012)

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2 thoughts on “Empowerment Or Demeaning?

    1. Your comment is in itself degrading. Yes, your opinion that posing for Playboy is degrading is valid, everyone is entitled to their opinion after all, but the fact that you use the word “fatties” is extremely offensive to women and men everywhere. And just to let you know Playboy may only feature a certain “type” of woman but there are other similar magazines out there that feature these so called “fatties” that you mention.

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