The Playboy line of adult clothing has been in the spotlight recently.
First, the clothing was criticized for being “asexual.”
Then, it was criticized because the company did not include a penis on the covers.
Now, the Playboy brand is being accused of being anti-feminist, anti-gay, and anti-black.
In a letter to Playboy, the American Civil Liberties Union of the U.S. wrote, “Playboy’s decision to include a ‘sexual orientation’ on the Playboys most famous products reflects a longstanding cultural practice that discriminates against people of color, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and gender-non-conformist identities.”
The ACLU has asked Playboy to clarify what the terms “sexual orientation” and “sexual identity” mean and what those terms mean in the Playbooks legal code.
“As a matter of law, there is no definition of ‘sexual identity,'” the ACLU wrote.
We ask that the code be updated to include the term ‘gender identity,'” they continued. “
The term ‘sexual’ does not include any other sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other expression of sexual orientation.”
“We ask that the code be updated to include the term ‘gender identity,'” they continued.
“In addition, the code must also include the following: ‘The code should be updated so that sexual orientation is explicitly and unambiguously defined in terms of a person’s ‘gender,'” they wrote.
The ACLU also cited a 2003 Supreme Court decision that said the term “sex” is not defined by law.
“It is also important to note that, despite the inclusion of sexual orientations in the law, the Court has not held that sexual identity is not, in fact, a person ‘sex,'” the group wrote.
“The definition of sexual identity includes a person who is in a sexual relationship with another person and that person is entitled to the same rights as the person who shares the same sexual orientation and gender identity,” the letter concluded.
The statement came on the heels of a recent report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force that called for the removal of Playboy from the sex-segregated catalogs.
The Task Force, which is led by two-time Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, called the Playbills sexual diversity policy “a slap in the face to trans people, people of colour, and women of color.”
“Playboy has made clear that its aim is to remain ‘the best-selling brand in America’ and the catalog is a product of that belief,” the Task Force said in a statement.
“Its inclusion of transgender models on the label is not just an endorsement of the company, but a violation of the dignity of the transgender community.”