Gloria Steinem: Boycott "The Playboy Club"

The longtime feminist says there was no glamour in the 1960s clubs.

By Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Gloria Steinem hopes The Playboy Club does the bunny hop right off the fall TV schedule.

The 77-year-old women’s rights advocate tells Reuters she hopes folks will boycott the upcoming NBC show set in the first Playboy Club in Chicago in the '60s.

"Clearly The Playboy Club is not going to be accurate," Steinem tells the news service. "It was the tackiest place on earth. It was not glamorous at all."

And she should know. Steinem worked undercover as a Playboy Bunny at the New York Playboy Club back in 1963, and then wrote an exposé about the conditions the Bunnies faced, according to Reuters.

"When I was working there and writing the exposé, one of the things they had to change because of my exposé was that they required all the Bunnies, who were just waitresses, to have an internal exam and a test for venereal disease," she tells the news service.

Steinem, promoting Gloria: In Her Own Words, a documentary premiering on HBO August 15, told TV reporters last week that the show normalizes prostitution.

"I just know that over the years, women have called me and told me horror stories of what they experienced at the Playboy Club and at the Playboy Mansion," she said.

Now, what do we have to do to get The Girls Next Door off the air?

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First Published August 10, 2011

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