To be able to show people that we are linked, not ranked. By , when she founded Ms magazine , she was known as a political activist and feminist organiser. Woman , her documentary series about violence against women, will air on Viceland UK on 8 March. She lives in New York. What is your greatest fear? Which living person do you most admire and why?
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Clearly, he did his homework. As an emerging voice in feminism and politics, Steinem struggled to be taken seriously because of her beauty. We want a writer. Which was better than several sizes, as one doctor cheerfully told her to expect with this kind of work. Immobile, the costumes were merely painful, but after five-hour shifts of serving customers, they revealed themselves as torture devices. Bunnies had to wear heels at least three inches high and corsets at least two inches too small everywhere except the bust, which came only with D-cups.
The corsets were so tight a sneeze could literally break the zipper, a phenomenon Steinem witnessed during try-outs. The costume manager celebrated by immediately marking her costume to be tightened another two inches. Bunnies had to go to great lengths to maintain the illusion of availability, fawning over the clientele in ways permitted by a script and pretending they were single even when outside of the club.
It is time to do battle with them. A pretty hideous portrait of Bunny life, or so Steinem thought. But after the article came out, she received letters from women asking for advice on becoming Playboy Bunnies. It got so bad she had to return the advance for a book deal offering to turn her article into a paperback bodice-ripper.
Steinem was officially in ex-Bunny limbo.
That time Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny
Her mother was Presbyterian , mostly of German including Prussian and some Scottish descent. But I must say, I never felt that. I used to sit and try and figure out how old the child would be, trying to make myself feel guilty. But I never could! Speaking for myself, I knew it was the first time I had taken responsibility for my own life.
Inside Gloria Steinem’s Month as an Undercover Playboy Bunny
Share via Email Gloria Steinem in her Playboy bunny costume in the early s and a more recent photo. At the time Steinem was a decade away from gaining fame as the co-founder of Ms magazine, but her personal account of going undercover to work as a bunny at the Playboy Club riveted readers, giving them insight into a male bastion that few knew firsthand. In taking on Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and his Playboy Clubs, Steinem showed she could more than hold her own against an opponent with his own media empire. Hefner, who had started Playboy in , was at the height of his influence, and not content with making himself rich. He had in begun penning monthly essays that he insisted would be "the Emancipation Proclamation of the sexual revolution". Steinem was unimpressed. She went after him where he was most vulnerable, showing readers what it actually meant to work at a Playboy Club.
Gloria Steinem Knows Firsthand How the Original Playboy Bunnies Got Their Hourglass Shape
Chevron Photo Getty Images Love him or hate him, Hugh Hefner, the libertine entertainment mogul who died yesterday at the age of 91, created one particularly enduring silhouette: the corset-clad, hourglass-shaped Playboy Bunny. Hefner often professed to have sparked the s sexual revolution—and later funded court cases challenging state bans on birth control and abortion—but the exaggerated Bunny dimensions may prove to be his most enduring legacy. Firstly, long and not overly plump legs were a prerequisite for all Bunnies. Table Bunnies, as they were called, toned legs by descending and ascending staircases, balancing trays full of drinks, and working double shifts to make up for low wages, all while wearing three-inch heels—and dodging wanton hands. Yet the athleticism required to work at the club routinely caused Bunnies to lose weight, and being too thin kept former Playmates from being selected for future photoshoots.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. Working as a freelance writer, Miss Steinem Kirstie Alley is portrayed as temporarily putting aside her ambitions to do major stories on the active civil-rights movement and agreeing to do an amusing inside look at life as a Playboy Bunny. Advertising for new Bunnies, the Playboy organization is promising a life of glamor and financial rewards. The job turnover among Bunnies has been high and at least two former employees are suing Playboy for back tips. But Miss Steinem sets off gamely to do the fluff piece. The hours are long, the work is grueling and the pay is not nearly so generous as advertised.