"I Read Playboy for the Articles . . . . . "
But Do You Get the Message?


" The largest child-pornography ring in the United States is run by the Government. It is possible that without Uncle Sam, there would be no child-porn business." --Lawrence Stanley, "The Child Pornography Myth," in Playboy, September 1988.


Playboy, in September 1988, published the feature article entitled "The Child-Pornography Myth" by Lawrence Stanley. The article was originally published in Paidika, The Journal of Paedophilia. Mr. Stanley is on the editorial board of Paidika as well as affiliated with Uncommon Desires, a publication pandering to those with a sexual interest in young girls. Playboy censored this background information from its readers.

A leader in journalism ethics expressed concern about Stanley's child pornography "exposť because of the author's "advocacy" and his "special interest in the outcome of the investigation."

Undaunted by these concerns, Playboy published a letter from Stanley in its March 1992 issue in which he alarms readers about the possible consequences of the decision in U.S. vs. Stephen A. Knox. He gives misleading information about the material in question in this child pornography case.

Porn straitjackets the truth about sexual victimization in articles questioning not only the validity of the charges and honesty of those harmed, but also the very existence of abuse itself.

One of the content experts in "Presumed Guilty" (Playboy, June 1992) is called to task . . . Dr Ralph Underwager until recently was on the advisory board of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. A major newspaper columnist states the following: "There is no such scientific category as 'false memory syndrome'; it's an impressive-sounding label, without medical validity, that was dreamed up by the foundation. Its roster of 'professional advisers' isn't always what it seems. Some are respected researchers; others are hired-gun expert witnesses who travel the continent testifying for a fee on behalf of accused child molesters. One such vociferous member, Ralph Underwager, only recently-and hastily-resigned from the board, after an interview with him appeared in a Dutch pedophile magazine. Underwager had described pedophilia as 'a responsible choice' and urged pedophiles to boldly 'make the claim that pedophilia is an acceptable expression of God's will for love and unity.'"

--Michele Landsberg, "False memory label invented by lobby group," in Toronto Star, 13 Nov. 1993.

The Playboy Advisor is a regular feature of the magazine, identified in at least one survey as a popular sex education resource. This monthly feature answers the questions of the juvenile and adult readers allegedly writing in about sexual behaviors as well as social issues, fashion, and the selection of wines, electronic sound and video equipment and other commodities. In a response to an inquiry about decreasing the risk of AIDS, the Playboy Advisor alarmingly advises its readers that 'safe sex' with " . . .virgins or very young lovers . . . cut down your chances of being exposed to the virus."

--Playboy, May 1987, 46.

"The Centerfold Syndrome represents one of the most malignant forces in contemporary relationships between men and women", impairing male sexuality and sabotaging intimacy. 17