Hugh Hefner, the International Academy of Sex Research, and Its Founding President

Hugh Hefner, the International Academy of Sex Research, and Its Founding President Arch Sex Behav (2017) 46:2211–2212 GUEST EDITORIAL Hugh Hefner, the International Academy of Sex Research, and Its Founding President Richard Green Published online: 27 October 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017 ThisbriefhistoryisprovidedtothereadersofArchivesofSexual stools. The Playboy Foundation bridged the gap. When I began Behavior,the official publication of the IASR, who may be the study of mothers, currently living as lesbians, and their chil- unaware of the link. dren,Playboyprovidedseedmoney.Forthefirst‘‘lesbianmother In 1953, when I was a first year premedical student, Hugh child custody case,’’Playboy funded the mother’s attorney and Hefner (1926–2017) published the first issue of PLAYBOY her expert witness. We won. magazine,featuringanudeMarilynMonroe.PLAYBOYtookits When I discussed my long-term feminine boy study with place for my study of anatomy alongside GRAY’S. HefneratthePlayboyMansioninLosAngeles,hemadeanastute Twodecadeslater,whenIfoundedtheInternationalAcademy comment.AsIdescribedthethreegroupsofboys,feminineboys of Sex Research, we needed to be incorporated as tax-exempt. becoming gay men, feminine boys becoming straight men, and Burton Joseph, Executive Director of the Playboy Foundation, masculineboysbecomingstraightmen,tohim,themostinterest- arranged this. His letter of September 18, 1973: ing were the feminine boys maturing as straight. Hef’s only daughter, Christie, andI were on panels atprofes- Dear Dick, sional meetings. Charming, intelligent, and an advocate of sex- IhavespokenwithPlayboy’scounsel.Theyhaveassigned ual rights and the First Amendment promise of free speech, she one of Archives of Sexual Behavior Springer Journals

Hugh Hefner, the International Academy of Sex Research, and Its Founding President

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