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To understand Bill Cosby, start with Alfred C. Kinsey

In a letter to the editor in the July 25 National Post regarding Bill Cosby's alleged sex crimes, Jerry Pryde, of Stoney Creek, Ont., wrote: "It should be noted one of Cosby's accusers claims the deed occurred at the Playboy mansion when she was 15. This raises the question: who allowed a 15-year old girl inside what amounts to little more than a high-end brothel?"

The answer to "who" let the girl into the "high-end brothel" called the Playboy mansion is, figuratively speaking, Hugh Hefner, chief missionary of Playboy magazine. But Mr. Pryde's question is a good one, because it opens the door to speculation on the influences that produced what cultural critic Mary Eberstadt termed "pedophilia chic" - the idea that sex between adults and underage teenagers, or even children, is a victimless crime.

 

Playboy was launched in 1953, when Bill Cosby was an impressionable teenager. Perhaps Cosby read and internalized lessons from the Playboy Advisor's "seduction manual," which in Playboy's first year of publication took up the question of how college men could overcome virgins' resistance to casual sex. Suggested methods included the "persistent approach" (now understood as harassment) and the "alcoholic approach" (now understood as non-consensual sex).

The Playboy Advisor's "Kinsey approach" urges college men to lean on Kinsey's work, because "You can prove almost anything with [it]... The idea is to bowl her over with the sheer mass of your statistics - all proving that simply everybody is enjoying sex this season. Losing her virginity will seem very unimportant compared to the fear of being different." 

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