Kelly Holland, 56, is the CEO and majority shareholder of Penthouse Global Media, the adult entertainment brand founded in 1965 by Bob Guccione. She acquired the Chatsworth-based company in 2016, after a lengthy history of financial difficulty for the brand which includes its iconic magazine. Holland is a smart, interesting, and abitious woman-of-a-certain-age (see LA Times interview).
In her vision for the future of her company is a commitment:
Holland said she won’t feature any content she considers to be misogynistic and remains committed to the brand’s trademark mix of erotica and thought-provoking magazine articles. ‘It’s about beautiful nude women, but we deal with real subjects,’ she said.
~ David Ng, LA Times, April 23, 2017
True to her word, on June 27, Penthouse published an article that is not merely thought-provoking, it’s provocatively explosive, Hot Lines: Can We Talk About Toxic Femininity? Written by Leah McSweeney, founder of the edgy/street/female/feminist fashion line, Married To The Mob, the author says what many of us are thinking, but not saying.
In this new climate of public reckoning, #MeToo, and the Trump regime, we are all walking on eggshells, terrified to criticize anyone at the risk of being branded a sexist, a racist, or a homophobe. The kind of outrage that disagreement causes in 2018 makes it nearly impossible to seek truth through an exchange of ideas. I am saddened that this discourages people from speaking up. But I refuse to live in fear. I refuse to live my life worrying about who I will offend by speaking my mind. And I encourage you to do the same.
~ Leah McSweeney
And so we need to say so.
I do not consider the #MeToo movement to speak for me. Of course, like everyone, I do not condone sexual abuse, but nor do I condone Trial-by-Twitter, and the mob-like mentality that has turned this issue hostile and intolerant. As I journalist, I find it exasperating and dangerous that the social agenda of this “army” is constantly glorified and any dissension is immediately vilified. We may be aware of the hypocrisy, but the media has been politically “corrected” and thus long since lost their objectivity and their integrity. The “comments are closed” on these issues and so rational discussion and moderate voices have been silenced.
There have been brave voices:
Je Suis Catherine Deneuve
Has their ever been a bigger sex-symbol than Catherine Deneuve? Hardly. Apparently she knew how to distinguish between an “advance” and an “assault”. More importantly, she also knew how to say, Non. She spoke out against the witch-hunt and the new wave of puritanism stemming from these sexual scandals. She was excoriated in the media. Deneuve knew how to have a great time, be a brilliant woman, a beautiful woman and an icon…the press are pretty sure all four should be illegal because that would be “inappropriate” and sending the “wrong” message.
Hardline feminists like Germaine Greer and Margaret Atwood are dismissed as “old, “privileged” and “white”. Few remember or even know what they fought for—equal pay, child care, and reproductive rights—if it doesn’t have a hashtag, it surely doesn’t count.
In times of extremes, extremists win. Their ideology becomes a religion, anyone who doesn’t puppet their views is seen as an apostate, a heretic or a traitor, and moderates in the middle are annihilated…..Why have accountability and transparency been framed as antithetical to women’s rights?A war among women, as opposed to a war on women, is always pleasing to those who do not wish women well. This is a very important moment. I hope it will not be squandered.
~ Margaret Atwood, Am I A Bad Feminist?
So read it Toxic Femininity for yourself.
And have your say so in the comments.