Background and Update

By Judith A Reisman, PhD
The Institute for Media Education

c IME 1993

Revised 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona


The following graphs and data address Playboy’s girl ‘child playmates’ in random years July 1977 to 1993. The findings reflect Playboy’s systemic use of little girls as autoerotic stimuli. Below and left is a typical “Playmate Data Sheet,” February 2006. The little bunny-eared child injects this ‘child playmate,’ or ‘child centerfold’ into Playboy’s masturbatory mix after a hiatus of roughly three years. The year my study was released 39% of Playboy centerfolds were of children under age 12. In 1986 to 1988, moving young teens back in 1989 and 91.1
“Having largely censored children from Playmate biographies, post our 1985 research, the September 1991 Playboy just resurrected 'The-Playmate-Child' (a "Sixth-Grade" photo) that the art editor juxtaposed next to the (naked) child as Playmate-Grown-Up' in the "Playmate Data Sheet." This same issue…[returned] Playboy cartooning the child and statutory rape trickery (getting the victim drunk), which was also suspended post-1985.”2

The Injurious ‘Four-Fold’ Design to Eroticize Girl Children The following analysis addresses the use of the child in Playboy’s sexual milieu. A “centerfold” was a picture on a sheet of paper that was inserted into the middle of a publication. The original July 1977 Playboy “biography” displayed three little girl photos below a childish “hand written” page. Turning the page, one saw the naked Centerfold alongside her child photos, automatically eroticizing the girl child--hence girl children as a “class.” However, in recent times Playboy introduced a four-foldout centerfold. This new fold allows the child’s photos to open up over the lower body of her naked Playmate self. Playboy would know this design allows child Playmates to be viewed co-terminus with sexual arousal to many other
See, Judith Reisman, “Child Pornography in Erotic Magazines: Social Awareness and Self-Censorship” in Dolf Zillmann, et al, Ed., Media, Children and the Family: Social Scientific, Psychodynamic and Clinical Perspectives, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc, Hillsdale, NJ, 1994, pp. 313325, and Images of Children, Crime & Violence in Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler, 1989, US Dpt of Justice, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Grant No. 84-JN-AX-K007. 2 Ibid, Reisman in Zillman, “The scene: An outdoor picnic. A couple sits beneath a green-leafed tree. A pony-tailed, wide-eyed, bobby-socked girl -- clasps her legs together as her companion, a man in shorts and sunglasses holds a bottle out to the girl saying: "I know you are young and inexperienced, but you can trust me to be sensitive and understanding. Tequila?" (p. 155. The cartoonist's name resembles "Kihi Saat").”


naked sado-sexualized women on prior magazine pages. So the new four-fold design creates neuronal pathways that must link innocent children with strong Playboy orgasm-based stimuli. Inevitably this stimuli effects how children inside and outside the home are perceived and treated by pedophiles and/or Playboy users.

Table 1 (Cartoon March 1972)
3,045 Total Playboy Child Photos, Cartoons, Illustrations 1,849 Child Visuals 1,111 Photographs (most child centerfold photos) 738 Child Illustrations 1,196 Child Cartoons


illustration center photos photos cartoons total imagery 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500

Tables 1-4 are background graphs of the child playmate photo environment from 1953 to 1984 taken from the Principal Investigator’s research on “Images of Children, Crime, and Violence in Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler” (1984). While that research isolated ages for each Playmate Child, these cannot currently be retrieved from all Playboy issues. Tables 5-11 are Post 1985, after the Reisman expose of Playboy’s child sexual abuse data caused Playboy’s purge of its child sex abuse cartoons, its “Sex in Cinema” child sexual abuse photos, as well as its little Playmate girls in its “centerfold.” The study analyzes Playmate child centerfolds in the initial 1977 year as well as images from several magazine years up to 1993. A detailed chronology of Playboy’s premeditated eroticization of children is warranted. The following four graphs identify the eroticized child environment in which the Playmate Child photographs were initially grounded.


The above quote is a quote from the newly released Playboy 50s collection. An emblematic Playboy cartoon above left, March 1972. The child is drawn with exaggerated breasts (typical of Playboy blurring the age distinctions between child, teen and adult). The man appears to be an upscale (consumer) relative in this upscale room. The smiling child agrees to sex saying ‘But first of all, we have to ask Teddy’s permission, and that costs $40.”

Table 2 (Centerfold Photos December 1978)
Children appeared on average 8 times per issue, 96 times a year in visuals and cartoons.


Per Month Per Year

8 59 10 20 30 40 50 60 70

Table 3 (Infant Centerfold Photo, April 1980)

infant-2yrs 12-17 yrs 3-11 yrs 0% 10%

17% 30% 52% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%

Eroticizing the Home: Having interviewed leaders and celebrities Playboy is now nostalgically seen as “naughty” or as an erotic art periodical. Hence Playboy is documented as the first pornographic media consciously allowed into homes with children. Early child photographs


(12/1953-12/1984) pre “Reisman Report” commonly exploited girls between 3 and 11 years old, key ages for incestuous and general sexual abuse in and outside the home. The second largest number of photographs were in the 12-to 17 age range while 1,111 photographs were largely little girl “Child Centerfolds” pictured in “Playmate” biographical data.

Table 4 (Child “Incest” Photo/Text November 1971, Buttocks Redacted Here)


Directly and Indirectly Sexualizing the Child: Fully 18% of texts accompanying child photographs referred in some sexual or sadosexual way to the child. This is especially worrisome as most of Playboy’s child-adult-sex freight was borne by cartoon “jokes” about incestuous and stranger rape (voluntary child-adult sex is “statutory” rape) of even small children.

1993 UPDATE ON PLAYBOY’s CHILD “PLAYMATE” AND “CENTERFOLD” PHOTOGRAPHS When did Playboy Begin Using Children in a Child Strip Tease to Naked Playmate? The following ages are commonly provided by Playboy in its “Playmate Data Sheet” displayed next to that month’s main naked woman. Since Playboy editors appear to reduce or increase the ages of both their women and girls this report relies on the accuracy of the magazine’s age claims. However, unlike Playboy’s frequently fraudulent “vital statistics” (shaving its Playmate’s weight, waist, and hips and enlarging bust measurements) printed as its Playmate1 data children’s ages are subject to standard age imagery measures.2


PLAYBOY’S STRIP TEASE OF “PLAYMATE” CHILDREN 96.2% of Playboy’s Child Photos Were “Centerfolds” 86.9% of all 1,849 Child Visuals Were Caucasian PLAYBOY “CHILD PLAYMATE” PHOTOS 1993 UPDATE June 1977, The Child Playmate of The Year Begins: June 1977 began the Playboy child Playmate photographic tripods. Roughly 55% of the children in what I call the “Child Centerfold Strip Tease” inserts in 1977 were under 16 years of age, the largest group being between 3-7 years, the latter the most common age of first incestuous sexual assault. Playboy’s little girls are generally clothed (although babies have been nude with some little girls absent upper clothing) and are labeled as though talking to the consumer about herself at 5 years and such like. Why Call Her a Sexualized “Child Centerfold”? The “little” Centerfold grows before the juvenile and adult consumers eyes within the glossy, sensuous magazine, immediately unfolding into herself as a ready, willing, sexually available nude “big” Centerfold for masturbation or other sexual acting out. Essentially performing a child’s “strip tease,” the little Playmate, Centerfold strips before the juvenile and adult consumer’s eyes. • June 1977 The Child Centerfold, the “Playmate of the Year” is 9 months old and gradually ages to be “adult.” Moreover, the naked playmate is posed by Playboy with child dolls--from her infant photo to her presentation as a masturbation object. October 1977 3, 13, 18. The playmate centerfold is again posed by Playboy with dolls-from baby to nude Playmate.

Table 5
As noted, since the Department of Justice research data on children are available in the Reisman Report, the goal of this small paper was to examine the changes in ages of the Playmate Child after 1985 when the Reisman study was announced. To that end, in order to establish an environment for these findings, the first (1977) Playmate Child issue was
THREE CHILD CENTERFOLDS SEXUALIZED PER MONTH IN 1977 18+ 16-17 yrs 13-15 yrs 8-12 yrs 3-7 yrs Infant - 2 yrs 0%

25% 20% 10% 10% 30% 5%
5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35%


located and its children evaluated by age. Due to financial and time restrictions, the next date to be studied was 1985. The following graphs offer a brief, pictorial overview of Playboy’s Child Playmates,1985 to 1993. Some years are missed due to resource limitations.

Table 6

18+ yrs 16-17 yrs 13-15 yrs 8-12 yrs 3-7 yrs infant-2 yrs

0% 33% 26% 13% 20% 6%
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35%

While the 1985 sample of 5/12 (42%) was smaller than all other later years discussed in this report, it is a statistically viable study population. As noted, the highest rate of child imagery was commonly between ages 3-7 years, with most children under age 16. By 1985 a reduction by roughly ten percent among the youngest age group was in evidence, picked up by the under 17 with no Playmate “Children” appearing as 18 or over. The 1986 hard copies of magazines were too few to calculate (December 1986 the Child Centerfolds appeared as ages 15, 17, 19). These magazines were unavailable at university libraries and unless identified in the text, the children’s ages were impossible to “see” on microfiche--1987 were thus also too few to calculate. Below, the Playboy grooming process…

November 1987 the Centerfold grew from ages 11, 18, 19 and December 1987 she appeared as 10, 17, 17. Although 45% of all 1985 issues were analyzed for the playmate children, it would be valuable to collect and analyze all copies, secured from used book stores.


Table 7
THREE CHILD CENTERFOLDS SEXUALIZED PER MONTH IN 1988 18+ yrs 16-17 yrs 13-15 yrs 8-12 yrs 3-7 yrs infant to 2 yrs

79% 15% 3% 0% 0% 0%
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90%

The 1988 findings (92% of all issues) parallel the empirical observations of 1986 and 1987. Playboy purged its child sex abuse artwork, shifting to 18 and over for sexy Playmates. Of the 1988 magazines, 11/12 were available with 79% of “children” 18 or over. This “aging” of Playmate girls, with sporadic inclusion of a few 10 year olds, appears to continue the 1986 and 1987 trend after Playboy’s divestment of child sex abuse cartoons and violence post the 1986 Reisman report. However, these draft data await completion.

Table 8

18 + 16 - 17 yrs 13 - 15 yrs 8 - 12 yrs 3-7 yrs 0% Infant - 2 yrs 0% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 11%

22% 36% 31%





The 1989 sample included 12/12 (100%) of all magazines. The younger girls had again begun to reappear as under age 13, the largest group declining from the over 18 “adults” in 1988


to between 16 and 17 years in 1989. The increase in 13-15 year olds is dramatic within that one year window, suggesting that younger children will be sexualized when consumers increase their tolerance for sexualized children. This conditioning, coarsening is confirmed in the 2006 issue cited at the outset of this analysis and by the Child Centerfold in Bunny Ears saying, “I was born to entertain.”

Table 9
Of the 12 issues in THREE CHILD CENTERFOLDS SEXUALIZED PER MONTH IN 1990 1990, 10 (83%) were 18+ 47% analyzed for 16-17 yrs 13% Child 13-15 yrs 37% Playmates. Looking at the 3% 8-12 yrs 1990 data, 3-7 yrs 47% of infant - 2 yrs Playmates are 18 or over 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% (not age 21 as called for by the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography) with the second highest group being adolescents 13 to 15 years. The youngest children are still invisible, remembering that 3-11 year olds had been used most often in Playboy’s early years.

Table 10
THREE CHILD CENTERFOLDS SEXUALIZED PER M ONTH IN 1991 18+ 40% 16-17 yrs 13-15 yrs 8-12 yrs 3-7 yrs infant to 2 yrs 0% 0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 12% 24% 24%

The 1991 data reflect 10/12 magazines (83%) with 40% of Child Centerfold images 18 plus years and equal numbers of early and late adolescents up to 17 described as Playmates.


Younger children in the 8-12 group increased in appearance by roughly 10%, a suggestion of the reduction of ages being scheduled by the Playboy editors to reuse the very young Sexualized Child Playmate.

Table 11
18 16-17 yrs 13-15 yrs 8-12 yrs 3-7 infant to 2 yrs 0% 4% 14% 17% 24% 44%












The analysis of the 1992 data used 10/12 magazines (83%). While the highest group of Child Playmates were (as in prior “post Reisman years”) 18 plus, by 1992 early adolescents moved ahead of the 16-17 year olds as Child Playmates. Moreover, the younger children in the 8-12 group marked a return of the 3-7 year olds by Playboy editors.

Table 12
THREE CHILD CENTERFOLDS SEXUALIZED PER MONTH IN 1993 18 + 16-17 yrs 13-15 yrs 8-12 yrs 3-7 yrs infant - 2 yrs 0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 4% 6% 16% 12% 62%


The analysis of the 1993 data used 8/12 magazines, a 67% sample. The highest group of Child Centerfold Playmate images continued to be 18 plus, late adolescents dropping behind the younger children in the 8-12 year old group and the 1992 displays of the littlest 3-7 year old Child Playmates continue in 1993. Partial or total removal of mature pubic hair from the pudenda of Playboy adult playmates is standard now and designed to mimic the infant and pre-pubescent pudenda. This is now customary in pornography, following the long Playboy tradition of blurring age distinctions between child and adult by electronically manipulating the “model” woman’s body to create a pseudo child. Posing women with child symbols, clothing, dolls, bobby socks, standing on “tiptoe” or bathing with children’s toys and the like, are techniques Playboy editors have long employed to make the adult a child and the child an adult. Posing mature females with buttocks up and in rear “view” child like sleeping pose does two additional things; 1) it suggests the playmate of any age as a child /adult and 2) it presents the female as a mammal in “heat” in “rut” welcoming anal (harmful, painful) sodomy. Most of these “age blurring” methods are covered in the principal investigator’s (PI) study, Images of Children, Crime and Violence in Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler (1989), as well as in her book, “Soft Porn” Plays Hardball (1991).

study brief, draft fill an need. It seen as cowith the This reflects a product to immediate should be terminus PI’s

chronological analysis of the role of outed pedophiles as sexuality and child welfare “experts” for Playboy magazine (available on request from the PI). Moreover, much should be said about the fold-out Playmate which can be opened to the left of the Playmate display. This new fold-out design allows the child to be “interactively” viewed directly alongside any violent and degrading image in the magazine. It is strongly urged that a complete study of these data be undertaken in order to warn and caution the public--including leaders who may have appeared or who may be considering appearing in Playboy as interviewees. IMMEDIATE LEGAL AND LEGISLATION ACTION NEEDED Everything science now knows about grooming child “addictions” to cigarettes (Joe Camel) and alcohol (adverts/games) requires an official investigation of Playboy’s “grooming” of a) child pornography addicts and b) children as sexual fetish objects for molestation.


The Child Centerfolds are the same marketing plan as Playboy’s pink “eraser boxes,” school pencils and teenage bedding branding little girls with their Bunny logo, at roughly age 6 years and up. Playboy market analysts would have calculated the percentage of addicts little girl products could yield against bad parental publicity. All marketing discussions and data should be deposed—as were Ford’s decisions that allowing Pinto users to die in back end fires were calculated against recalling defective, potentially murderous Pintos. Children have been eroticized by Playboy magazine since their first 1954 issues in which male children were cartooned seeking sex in pedophile-based scenes, moving swiftly to little girl children cartooned, then photographed as viable for rape by strangers and family. The data strongly suggest that eroticizing children in Playboy has had a direct impact on pandemic child pornography addiction and molestation. This would begin with training child and adult users to believe in children’s alleged sexuality as they become sexually aroused browsing these materials. What is now common knowledge in the arousal field is fully applicable to Playboy. That is, child-based or child-associated pornographic materials stimulates unwanted, unacknowledged child lust in many or most users and imitative, including incestuous acting-out in some percentage of these. Science confirms empirical observation. Eroticizing children in Playboy puts children at risk of sexual abuse by older siblings, friends, parents and others. Victimization/testimonial data are clear regarding the role of Playboy and other pornographies as causal in incestuous abuse of children. Moreover, other techniques to sexualize children have involved grooming children and consumers to subvert their resistance to their horror at the notion of incest and child sexual abuse. Child bunny clothing, sleepwear, pencils, tattoos, etc., aid in that subversion. As noted, long before it was accepted in the general society, Playboy had been removing hair from the pudenda of adult Playmates, deliberately mimicking the naked child (see Reisman, “Soft Porn” Plays Hardball, 1991). Viewers naturally connect a hairless adult genitalia to that of the only hairless genitalia in the species homo sapiens, that of infants and children. Pornographers traditionally blur adult/child age distinctions by giving women child like features, including plump, pouty lips, abnormally small hips and buttocks, and rounded, newly shimmering baby skin. The result of these manipulations are known as the “pseudo child.” Posing women in child-like clothing, clutching dolls, sucking fingers, standing knockkneed, on tiptoe typical, and in similar child poses, leaning on deliberately oversized chairs and beds, are further techniques Playboy and other pornographies use to create the pseudo child. A typical sleeping posture of infants and small children has his/her bottom elevated. This often appears in Playboy’s nude poses of seductive Playmates. What for a child is a natural sleeping posture is deliberately presented by Playboy as a baby posture co-terminus with animal estrus, that is, mating signals, degrading human females to the level of (baby) mammals. Moreover, upturned buttocks as sexual signals misrepresents animal behavior. Although animals use a rear mounting position, it is not for anal use. Animals do not misdirect their


copulatory site nor use the rectum for copulation. In that sense, as Playboy eroticizes normal child sleeping postures they additionally endanger children in these photographs, illustrations and cartoons with texts by claiming that sexually fulfilled females seek and enjoy anal sodomy. For a more detailed discussion of this issue see: Images of Children, Crime & Violence in Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler, 1989, US Dpt of Justice, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Grant No. 84-JN-AX-K007 (1989) as well as “Soft Porn” Plays Hardball (1991). This draft study warrants further documentation. The findings however, constitute a legitimate warning to those concerned with the growing problem of child sexual abuse and child pornography addiction by millions of naïve victims of Big Pornography’s deliberate marketing strategies.


APPENDIX A January 2004 The Flexible Child Centerfold, Playmate Can be overlaid with any Image, Creating Any “Fantasy” on pages before page 179



The Playboy issue with the blonde “High School” girl pretending oral sodomy at “Ridgemont High,” employs its similarly blonde centerfold as a “High School” girl. Since Hefner states “nothing” is accidental in Playboy, every “comma” is “planned that way” it is a given that the “Ridgemont High” girl sodomy image was “planned” as co-terminus with its “High School” centerfold—taking the naïve viewer into emotional responses to children and teens absent his or her awareness and violating their “informed consent.”