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I Was A Playboy Bunny

Want to see Gloria's original article on the Playboy Club, the truth of which is particularly salient given the upcoming fictional version on NBC that pretends Playboy was "liberating" for women? Click here to download and read "A Bunny's Tale," 1963 (with a Postscript).

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 4:22PM by Registered CommenterAdmin | Comments65 Comments | References638 References

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Can never get enough of the wisf=dom of Gloria.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Kee

Correction : Can never get enough of the words and wisdom of Gloria Steinem.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Kee

Gloria you were my teenage idol and my inspiration now as a grown woman. I enjoyed your article a lot.
Thank you for your words.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Bensing

Oh come on - Playboy destroyed the morals of the wold.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme myself

You know I was really expecting something outrageous, mind blowing with your story. It was actually no different then any other bar scene except the waitresses were called bunnies and wore outfits that were far less outrageous than something you'd see at Hooters or on the Kardashians. Everything you describe may have been newsworthy years ago, but is very ho hum in today's society. I personally can't wait for the Playboy club show on NBC BECAUSE it represents the real world of the 60's, with attractive, talented young ladies trying to make a career for themselves, whatever their motives. This is ACTING and should be taken in that context. The feminist movement is so yesterday. Most women today know what they want and compete very well in a man's world to get it. Unfortunately that wasn't the case 40 years ago. So, again, this is acting out a period of American iconic history. Nothing more, nothing less. If people want to skimpy outfits on TV they can always tune into Dancing with the Stars.....but wait, no one cares about that...interesting....

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterannabelle

I can't even really belive that the sexist unfortunate sad post by annabelle even got posted on Gloria's site! Below is what I just posted on the LA Times blog in response to the many sexist woman-hating comments about Gloria by women and men who sadly just don't get it and don't even know much about the real Gloria Steinem and don't get this issue. One sexist woman-hater said Gloria has always been a nut job,there were a few men and women who did get the real issue of the harms of sexist objectification and degrading women as nothing but sex objects for men to use.Annabelle is sadly desensitized like so many other people,I really hope that "she" is a man poster,even though is upsetting enough,but it's worse when it's by a woman and more so on a true great feminit's site!

Walter Cronkite wrote in his great review on the back of Outrageous Acts And Everyday Rebellions, " For those of us who have long admired Gloria Steinem's reportorial and writing skills,there has been a concern that that this side of her persona had taken a back seat to her activism as a feminist.." "Now we have proof that nothing has been lost,for she has combined her talents and her advocacy here in what surely must be the definitive philosophical and historical work about this movement that,belatedly,has transformed our society."

And it's Playboy,Hugh Hefner,pornography in general,and the whole very sexist,gender divided,gender stereotyped,woman-hating(for no rational reasons and men are mindbogglingly born and nurtured by women) male dominated society that is the real nut job! And Gloria was always beautiful inside and out... and brilliant too! She had many educated successful men who said they were in love with her and many asked her to marry them.

My father is a lawyer and I once read out loud to him some of her chapters from Outrageous Acts And Every Day Rebellions,and he said she's brilliant who can argue with her? Everything she says is true. And I wrote to Gloria when I was 22 and she typed a wonderful letter back to me that her assistant told me she typed herself,and she signed it,with frienship Gloria Steinem.

She wrote in her 1963 article when she went under cover as a Playboy Bunny as a journalist,that there were a few customers ,a very few,either men or women ,she said she counted ten,who looked at the Playboy Bunnies not as objects but smiled and nodded as if we might be humanbeings.See More You are *SO Ignorant*! Gloria Steinem was *Never* a "nut job in any way! Read a good accurate autobiography about her,and especially her own brilliant,sensible,caring important articles like in her excellent best selling book that orginally came out in 1983,Outrageous Acts And Every Day REbellions which is a collection of all of her excellent artcles mostly in Ms. Magazine from the late 1960's to 1983.

Alan Alda says in his review on the back of this book, "This very personal book speaks simple truths that are a much needed nourishment." "Her book is like the woman herself:inteligent,concerned,articulate,precise,and never without a sense of humor and balance." " It will probably make it crystal clear to you why you are a feminist- even if you wren't one before you read it."

And when she was interviewed by David Hartman on Good... Morning America in 1984 and he asked her how did she feel when she was working as a Playboy bunny,and she said like a piece of meat on a hook.David asked her about The Playboy Foundation and she said it's all based on male insecurity,and she said it teaches men that you have to sexually dominate a woman and be superior to women in order to be a real man.When David Hartman asked her what is the message Playboy Magazine says about women,she said it says men are people and women are objects.

If you read her excellent book,OutRageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,she says in her 1983 introduction section,"Eventually,dawning feminism made me understand that reporting about the phony glamour and exploitative employment policies of the Playboy Club was a useful and symbolic thing to do." "But at the time,I had no protection against the sex jokes and changed attitudes that the Bunny article brought with it;and my heart sank whenever I was introduced as a former Playboy Bunny or found my employee photgraph published with little explanation in Playboy("Even 20 years later,both these events continue.The latter is Playboy's long-running revenge.") "Though I always identified emotionally with other women,including the Bunnies I worked with,I had been educated to believe that my only chance for seriousness lay in proving my difference from them."

And in her 1983 post script to her orginal 1963 article,I Was A Playboy Bunny,she says,"Realizing that all women are bunnies.Since feminism I've finally stopped regretting that I wrote this article."

She also said that Playboy continued publishing her employee photograph as a Bunny amid ever more pornographic photos of other Bunnies.She said the 1983 version insists in a caption that her article boosted Bunny recruiting.
Rhea from the sadly former Women's Alliance Against Pornography Education Project in Cambridge,back in January 1993 sent me many cartoons from Playboy and Penthouse of women being sexually harassed,used and sexually servicing their male bosses in the work place and they are horrible!

I asked her what are these cartoons from,she said they are from Playboy and Penthouse. I said what are the men doing to women in the cartoons,are they raping them.She said yeah,they are all different things,you will have to see for yourself and then she said,they're pretty bad.

The Women's Alliance Against Pornography put their own captions under the cartoons under a Penthouse cartoon of a man saying to his boss,who is holding a photocopy of just a woman's huge breasts with no head,"This is my Christmas bonus? A xerox photo of your secretary'...s t**s?" THe Women's Alliance Against Pornography wrote that Porn reduces women to the make-up of her body parts.

The Women's Alliance Against Pornography wrote that Men are threatened by the concept of women's equality under a Penthouse cartoon of a woman sitting on top of a phallic type nuclear warhead sucking on it with her legs open grasped around the tip of it,and The Penthouse caption has a man in a uniform talking to another man,saying,"Miss Oppenhawn,the newest member of our staff is a nuclear warhead specialist."

The Women's Alliance Against Pornography wrote that Porn teaches men that the only way of succeeding is by prostituting herself thereby removing the threat of equality.They wrote this under a Penthouse cartoon of a woman journalist with her hand in a man's pants, and the Penthouse caption said,"Here I am again folks,out scooping those male journalists by interviewing an otherwise unapproachable diplomat.I suppose you're all wondering how I do it."Another from Playboy has a female employee with an upset humiliated expression on her face standing in front of her male boss's desk with papers in her hand that she's leaning on his desk, and the male boss says to her,"I had the most asmusing dream last night.Miss Grant-I dreamed you performed an unnatural sex act upon me."

Another Penthouse cartoon shows a woman standing outside of her boss's office with the word President on the door and she's talking to another woman,her co-worker and she has a huge candy cain stuck in her backside,and she says to her co-worker,"I guess you can't expect much of a Chrstmas Bonus this year."The Women's Alliance Against Pornography wrote under this,Pornography elicits contempt for women.

A cartoon from Playboy had a male boss with an angry expression on his face barricading a woman employee on her desk with both of his arms around her,and she's leaning away from him with a screaming upset expression on her face.The Women's Alliance Against Pornography included this cartoon under their heading,Pornography elicits contempt for women.

Another Playboy cartoon has a woman military officer looking upset and humiliated standing with two male military officers while one of them cuts her uniform off into pieces and she's nude.There are other women military officers standing further in the backround on the side.The Playboy caption says,"Usually we just cut off the buttons."

Another from Penthouse has a male news caster sitting at a news desk reporting the news with a woman with big breasts in a low cut top sitting next to him.Penthouse's caption has the male news caster saying, "Chet Carey here bringing you the news along with Miss Clover to provide relief by displaying her t*ts."Another Penthouse cartoon has male doctors operating on a patient,while only a woman's lower part of her body and legs are shown under one of the male doctors clothes,and their caption has him saying,"More suction".

The Women's Alliance Against Pornography wrote under these that Woman's only attributes are in her sexuality.Another cartoon from Penthouse has a nude big busted woman in bed with her male boss,and he's smoking his after sex cigarette and she says,"Incidentally,I'm sorry I turned you in at the office for sexual harassment!"

Another from Playboy has a male boss sitting behind a desk with a sign up behind him that says,Last-Minute Suggestions and his female employee is walking away holding a folder in her hand with an upset expression on her face,and the she says,"*Please* Mr.Fergusen! You can keep those last minute suggestions to yourself!."

Psychiatrist Linnea Smith sent me two huge folders of important research and information on the harms of pornography(she thanked me for my important efforts educating people on the harms of porn,and she said it's especially difficult because the public is desensitized,and the media is reluctant to criticize other media,especially sexually explicit media) back when I wrote her and told her about my experience as a big busted beautiful 13 year old girl being molested by teen boys who used Playboy and how they even made references to the women in it and how one of the boys shoved a pornographic magazine into my face and said,here's a picture of a girl fingering herself.

Included in the research Dr.Smith sent me was other Playboy cartoons of women being sexually harassed on the job by their male bosses.Dr.Smith wrote on top of this photocopied page which has these cartoons on both sides, Job Harassment Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Has Been For Years A Popular Them For Cartoons In *Playboy* Magazine.One of these cartoons is of an overweight male boss with his femalke employee with an upset expression on her face trying to push him away and the caption has him saying,"Ms Beasly why are you resisting I voted for the ERA."(the Equal Rights Amendment that was never passed).Another has a male boss in his office saying to his female employee,You want equality? Next time we'll do it on your desk."

Playboy also promoted child sex abuse, including ,gang rapes of women and children,incest, and sexual murders of women and children as normal and as jokes in thousands of cartoons,articles and even some pictures for over 30 years! Check out psychiatrist Linnea Smith's excellent site talkintrash she has a section,Another Look At Centerfolds where she has *tons* of strong excellent research studies on harms of pornography!

Playboy also promoted child sex abuse, including ,gang rapes of women and children,incest, and sexual murders of women and children as normal and as jokes in thousands of cartoons,articles and even some pictures for over 30 years!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindi

get a life.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterto cindi...

"get a life."

Go fuck yourself.

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Cindi,excellent research,I think the people who leave stupid remarks are just like them,stupid.and when I read the mail sent from "annabelle" I thought a man wrote it and then I saw the name! its just made up to make people think otherwise no intelligent woman would write that crap! good luck in your future,you are brilliant!MGF

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

First, I am beyond thrilled that The Playboy Club was cancelled so promptly. It was sexist drivel.

I do admit to being slightly amused by the irony of a spam comment on this post for "sexy clubwear dresses." And yes, I am aware the spam-bots work that way. But still, irony.

October 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSasha

Thanks alot!! It SUCKS that The Playboy Club tv series was cut!! I enjoyed what little I watched of it!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReema

So stuck on getting shows cut, how about getting shows like American horror story getting cut, they advertise the show during the day! High sexual and gruesome content!!

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReema

Well written comments Cindi!

July 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpkitty

Playboy never liberated women.
women liberated women
Women liberated their selves

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdc

The Oscars probably are one of this nations last fortress of male cronyism. Crossing the privy line a young starlet seems to portray a type of Jackie O when breeching the stair steps of gold. The Joker says, "You look like one of my old girlfriends", no one notices the Aristotle in his fade away voice. Yup, Playboy sure has changed.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Robinson

What a whining piece of drivel.

Stop imposing your outdated feminist crap on us girls. It stinks.

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

what is the motive of this article .?

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterclubwear dresses

I've been a Playboy model. I loved it. I'm a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and I like the way I look and wanted to show off. I do t believe that women should have to apologize for knowing that they are beautiful just like how women should never have to apologize for being smart and tough. I've had anti feminists women come up to me and tell me that I needed " self respect" and that the only person who should see my body nude is my future husband. The thought of me doing what I wanted with my own body apparently means that I don't have self respect? I always identified myself as a feminist and it always bothered me that other feminist think that a woman objectifiying herself is degrading. It's not dehumanizing for a man to have sexual thoughts about me if I want him to. Plus playboy highlighted the fact that I'm a feminist along with my goals and ambitions in the SE mag I was in so the reader knows that I'm more than just a pretty face and a hot body. Also, I was in charge of the editing. I had the choice of how much of my body I wanted to show. I didn't even had to be completely nude and choose what I wanted airbrushed. I did not get a chance to meet Hef but I could totally take him seriously when he considers himself a feminist. He believes that a woman can show off her body and still be respected as a human being. It's unfortunate how we still haven't achieved that yet.

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December 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermakeup primer

Thanks so much ! It amazing that The Playboy Club tv series was very cut I enjoyed what I watched of it:)

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