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Hugh Hefner claims ageism is his biggest obstacle

June 8, 2011 - London

Hugh Hefner who is set to marry his 24-year-old fiancee, Crystal Harris has revealed that ageism is the biggest obstruction he has had to overcome in his career that is full of controversies.

Hefner, who was a staunch civil rights campaigner and women's liberation advocate in the 1950s and 1960's, spoke out in defence of his upcoming third marriage to Harris, who is a third of his age.

"To begin with I fought racism, then sexism, now I'm fighting ageism," The Daily Express quoted him as saying.

The 85-year-old magazine mogul has said that it was other people who had difficulty in comprehending their 61-year-age difference.

"If you're in good health, age is just a number. I'm consistent. When I was 20 I was dating 20-year-old girls and now I'm 85 and I'm still dating them.

"We have lots in common, a very similar sense of humour. I can't forsee having a happier relationship than this one in the years ahead for me.

"One defines oneself in one's own terms. If you let society and your peers define who you are, you're less for it," he added.


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