From the Archive: 'Playboy' Executive Christie Hefner

Daniel Hautzinger
Christie Hefner, former chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises. (AP)

During Women's History Month, we're opening the WTTW archives to feature clips of remarkable women – writers, executives, athletes, and more – speaking about their work and lives.

Last month, Playboy magazine announced that it was bringing back nude pictorials after a year of safe-for-work publishing, as well as removing the "Entertainment for Men" descriptor on its cover. Back in 1978, then-Vice President of Playboy Enterprises Christie Hefner spoke to WTTW's John Callaway and used the "for men" tagline as her prime defense of the magazine in the face of feminist criticism. "Is it for men? Or is it for boys?" Callaway fired back at the 26-year-old, who later became chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, a position she held until stepping down in 2009. In this clip, Hefner offers an extensive justification of the magazine, and she and Callaway discuss the future of eroticism in magazines.

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