There’s hope: Gloria Steinem (Politics & Playboy Bunnies)

There’s hope: Gloria Steinem (Politics & Playboy Bunnies)

Last week, we told you about Dolores Huerta, who, amongst fighting for civil and working rights, also helped passing a bill in California that allows people to take their driving test in Spanish. This week, we would like to make you familiar with Gloria Steinem, an Ex-Playboy Bunny. Gloria Steinem Some might know her as

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Greg Chow – Gloria receiving the golden bra award at BUST 20th anniversary party

Last week, we told you about Dolores Huerta, who, amongst fighting for civil and working rights, also helped passing a bill in California that allows people to take their driving test in Spanish. This week, we would like to make you familiar with Gloria Steinem, an Ex-Playboy Bunny.

Gloria Steinem

Some might know her as the stepmother to Christian Bale, others as somewhat of a feminazi. But, putting her on either end of this incredibly vast spectrum between batman-relations and radical feminism would not only not do her achievements justice but simply paint the wrong picture of her. Because Gloria Steinem is a social/political activist, journalist, feminist and founder of the magazine Ms. In 1969, she published an article, “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation,” which brought her to national fame as a feminist leader. However, here we would like to introduce you to another article and one essay of hers that we found particularly interesting & powerful.

A Bunny’s Tale

In 1963, while working on an article for Huntington Hartford’s Show magazine, Gloria was employed as a Playboy Bunny at the New York Playboy Club. The article, published in 1963 as “A Bunny’s Tale”, featured a photo of her in Bunny uniform and detailed how women were treated at those clubs. Even though, there is no reason why she shouldn’t be proud of doing this job in order to expose this exploitative work, she didn’t manage to land other assignments for a brief period after that, “because I had now become a Bunny – and it didn’t matter why.” Steinem, Gloria (1995). “I Was a Playboy Bunny”. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions. Retrieved November 10, 2014.

If Men Could Menstruate

In 1978, Steinem wrote a semi-satirical essay for Cosmopolitan titled “If Men Could Menstruate” in which she imagined a world where men menstruate instead of women.In this essay, she comes to the conclusion, that in such a world, menstruation would become a badge of honor with men comparing their relative sufferings, rather than the source of shame that it had been for women. There’s really not much more to say about it, apart from check it out.

And now, because one page simply isn’t big enough to describe all of her activism in detail, I will leave you with a quote to think about:

This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism – Johnson Lewis, Jone. “Gloria Steinem Quotes”. Retrieved November 11, 2014.

 

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