I have a few copies of “Playboy” from the 1970s stashed away somewhere. One of them has a letter where a guy writes in saying, “I met this really gorgeous, sweet woman, and we were planning to get married, but she sat me down yesterday and told me that she had a sex change before she met me. Mr. Hefner, should I marry someone who used to be a man?” and the response was, “So she had a sex change, big whoop. Would you be asking this question if she’d made any other change in her life before she met you? You love the woman she is now, and that’s all that should matter. If you want kids you can adopt or something.”
I feel so conflicted right now
That awkward moment when Hugh Hefner is more trans-positive than most feminists of the same era.
There’s also this awesome Should You Catcall? flowchart they published online recently.
They sometimes feature interesting and painfully honest editorials about gender and sex too, like today’s Stone Butch Blues, by a lesbian dealing with her messy and conflicting emotions about her transitioning former lovers from butch women to the men they truly are. (nb: article contains frank and sometimes negative language about gender and transitioning, and may be uncomfortable to read - the tone of the article itself is positive, but the author’s open about her mixed reactions to things).
But seriously, Playboy can be (disclaimer, clearly this varies from writer to writer, but the fact that they are willing to publish this content speaks volumes for the EiC) far more progressive than anyone would ever guess.