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Playboy and its philosophy have no place on shelves of public library

6 December 1984


In this opinion piece concerning the shelving of Playboy in public libraries, Jim Healy writes about the philosophy of the magazine itself. He admits to his surprise at seeing Playboy shelved in the Clackamas Town Center library. Healy says that there is nothing terrible about the magazine itself but he questions its place on the shelf of a public library. He says the magazine is fun and fashionable, but at whose expense is it fun? Playboy shows fantasies and that woman are nothing but playthings. He finishes his piece with a thought that Playboy is the ultimate advocate of the joys of consumer buying, or consuming women. Playboy shows woman as toys and Healy states that aren’t toys something put aside as people grow.


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