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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    Hugh Hefner, Feminist

    By kyle | September 29, 2017

    The sexual revolution he embodied was great for men but not so great for women, as I argue here.

    Topics: Sex | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Hugh Hefner, Feminist”

    1. Weir Says:
      September 29th, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Don’t forget what David Foster Wallace said about “incorrigibly narcissistic, philandering, self-contemptuous, self-pitying” men. About “the joyless and anomic self-indulgence” of men. Men like Wallace himself, in fact, “deeply alone, alone the way only a solipsist can be alone.”

      He was speaking from experience when he described the man who “persists in the bizarre adolescent idea that getting to have sex with whomever one wants whenever one wants is a cure for ontological despair.”

      “They never belong to any sort of larger unit or community or cause. Though usually family men, they never really love anybody–and, though always heterosexual to the point of satyriasis, they especially don’t love women.”

      Narcissism isn’t male or female. It’s human.