You may have heard that Playboy’s list of the top party schools for 2013 was all about schools that raise awareness about consent. Turns out that was a rather amazing hoax, and a feminist group called Force is behind it along with a national conspiracy of college students who are not all female. Playboy remains the sort of corporation that doesn’t exactly support rape, but sure wouldn’t want to irritate whatever percentage of its fanbase that are, in fact, rapists.
This kind of hoax works a little like performance art, however, and I want to capture some screenshots here before it’s all taken down. What really gives me pause is that this hoax fit in so well with the “sexual revolution” culture of Playboy that it took in so many, many people.
Because pausing to confirm consent is actually far less unsexy than rape? The fake Playboy domain is here: http://partywithplayboy.com/ Here’s what the “hoax” is all about:
Here’s the page they did that was supposedly Playboy’s list for 2013:
This infographic emphasizes how fun partying could be in a world where nobody has to worry about getting raped. Imagine if the only reason to refrain from a party was that it’s just not really your thing, or you’re ill or you have something else you need to do. Imagine never having to worry that going to a party signals to rapists that you are an easy target and no one will believe you.
Companies like Playboy really need to get on board with this. You can’t have a sexual revolution without condemning rape. That’s what’s been wrong since the 1960s, and too few people are trying to fix it.
The responses to the hoax have been amazing and revealing. The comment section on the hoax site is real – I tested it. And the responses, coming from people who think they are at the Playboy site looking at Playboy’s work, are mostly like this:
And even after the hoax was revealed:
Consent discussion isn’t just about protecting people from being raped. It’s also about protecting people from committing rape because they mistakenly think a “lack of no” = “yes” or “passed out” = “fair game.” It’s good for absolutely everybody except rapists, and that’s what the outpouring of support for this hoax shows.
Playboy: do this for real. You will gain so much more than you stand to lose.