Growing up, I often ventured into my grandfather’s closet to catch up on the latest editions of Playboy Magazine, and brother, it sure as hell wasn’t for the articles! After Clint Eastwood and James Bond, Hugh Hefner was my hero. I’ll never forget those days. There was something so cool about sitting in that closet and looking at pictures of naked women. Those days are over now! I was attacked by a gang of New York City feminists and brainwashed into believing that pornography leads to violence against women. That’s a view that I have come to believe in my own right. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/VAW02/module2.html
So when the news broke out over the December issue of Plaboy’s Mexican edition depicting the Virgin Mary on it’s cover I had to investigate what the commotion was about. It appears that some people took offense because December is the month that Mexicans celebrate the Virgin Mary in what is called:
Festival de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: This annual celebration leads up to D?a de Nuestra Se?ora de Guadalupe, celebrated throughout Mexico on December 12. The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico, and is also identified with the Aztec earth goddess and mother of humankind. The basilica just outside of Mexico City features the largest celebration and the most impressive crowd of impassioned believers, but perhaps the best place to view the festivities is in Puerto Vallarta, where they continue around the clock for 12 days. It is a visual delight.
As is the cover of Playboy! I do not find it offensive or pornographic at all. In fact all virgins should look as good as the model used by Playboy. What is offensive is that people think Mary was a virgin at all. But that is an argument for another blog. If I am going to be innudated by images of the Virgin Mary I’ll take this one. After all, she is a living vibrant woman. I am rather tired of seeing the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast or a slice of pizza.