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"IF THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS HAS ANY MEANING AT ALL AS IT IS

WRITTEN IN THE CONSTITUTION, THE GOVERNMENT'S INTRUDING

INTO ONE'S BEDROOM, INTO PERSONAL SEXUAL BEHAVIORS,

IS AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS ANYTHING CAN BE."

-Hugh M. Hefner

RATIONAL SEX

AND DRUG POLICY PROGRAM

The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation supports organizations working for, and committed to, the implementation of rational sex and drug policies. The blueprint for our support was initially articulated in the Playboy Philosophy, originally drafted by Hef in the 1960s. The first installment of the Playboy Philosophy appeared in Playboy magazine’s ninth anniversary issue in December 1962. It was published in 25 installments with the last chapter appearing in the January 1966 issue.

“We believe that a society that emphasizes the individual and his freedom, is based upon reason, and has happiness as its aim, is an ideal society and one to be strived for.” – Hugh M. Hefner, the Playboy Philosophy

Since the founding of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation in 1964, we have sought to support organizations on the frontline of the debate about rational sex and drug policies. Similar to the organizations that we support, our goals are to assist programs and projects that advance a society where drug policies are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, and which promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. In addition, advances in medical marijuana policy have continued to drive the development of rational drug laws that we believe are critical to societal acceptance of drug policies based on reason and that balance the rights of the individual with suitable societal regulation.

During the sexual revolution, the Foundation highlighted the incongruous fact that the most common kinds of sexual behavior, engaged in by the great majority of our adult society, were illegal. Today, we believe rational policies and laws, especially related to a sex-positive culture and reproductive rights and health, are at the forefront of the debate about sex policy. In recent years, a movement to support sex-positive culture has shown promise. As some sexologists have suggested, sex-positivity encourages diversity, desire, and different relationship structures based on individual choices and consent. The sex-positive movement also advocates comprehensive and accurate sex education.