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Bunnies vs feminists

The Playboy club is returning to London after a 25 year absence and the media is awash with stories about the new generation of women who’ll be working there as bunnies. The feminists are up in arms that modern women want to work for the club and wear the revealing costume.

The new club will be a casino with a hefty membership price and the bunnies will serve as waitress and croupiers on the tables. They will serve using the bunny dip to avoid unflattering angles and men will pay a fortune just to be in the same room as them. So are these women destroying feminisam?

I’ve always seen the point of feminism as being about choice – giving women options. Only a couple of generations ago, there were limited options for women and now we can pretty much do anything (in our part of the world at least) – have a career or not, have a family or not, vote, drive, speak out etc, it’s our decisions. The new girls becoming bunnies are choosing to do so and they’ll probably get paid pretty well to do it as well as tips from men who can’t take their eyes off their legs.

I personally wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t feel comfortable in the skimpy outfit and waitressing, whatever you’re wearing, is a hard job but I don’t blast other girls for doing it. Whatever you think about the foundations of Playboy, it’s a global brand with a long history and some girls get excited about being part of the team. If men are stupid enough to pay to see scantily clad women, should we refuse to take advantage of it or should we embrace our feminity and show it off?

Probably a lot of people won’t agree with this – they think that women who shows off their bodies are stupid or letting women as a whole down. A lot of the bunnies in the past were actually ambitious and intelligent women, Debbie Harry from Blondie even used to be one. So should we should look on the new generation of bunnies as women using it as a platform to do great things in the future or pity them for needing to show off their bodies and drag their high heels across the club floor?

I don’t know but it annoys me when women slag off other women. We should stand together whatever we choose to do and celebrate the fact we can choose what to do with our lives even if we don’t always agree with each other’s choices.

What do you think?



32 thoughts on “Bunnies vs feminists”

  1. Great post, I wouldn’t do it to save my life – I’d much rather earn my money by running my own business, not being a sleazebag. I just hope that this place only attracts the memebers of TOWIE / Geordie Shore / Made in Chelsea….!


  2. I totally agree with you! If these girls can make money off men who like to be surrounded by good looking girls, go for them. Feminism by definition is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men” Back in the day, women weren’t allowed to behave in such a manner or they were considered trashy, but now, thanks to feminism, it is acceptable. Women should feel empowered to embrace their bodies and strut there stuff, even if it is when they are bring glasses of scotch to men who enjoy the view.

  3. Bravo—again you show courage.

    Freedom to do what is your choice…is not freedom to do what another’s choice is…



  4. Just because I wouldn’t do it doesn’t make it wrong. We all make choices, and some use the basic “gifts” they were given…at least it’s legal. What I don’t like is while you’re vacationing, simply walking the strip at Vegas you have all these people flapping cards (with near naked chicks) at you trying to sell their girl…now that’s annoying. If that is what someone is looking for, I’m sure they’d know how to go about finding it.

  5. I think sexual politics are complicated. I agree with you that we should support each others choices, and that there is nothing really wrong with being a bunny. But, if the only way we can get attention from men is through sexuality, than we still don’t have true equality.

  6. I’m with you. What destroys feminism is the slagging and divisiveness. Feminism is (supposed to be) about women having choices.

  7. Right! Women should just do what they want. I didn’t know Playboy was coming back to London. It’s been in Vegas for a while now and seems to be doing well. They have a nice accessories shop in the lobby. I bought a pair of undies last time I was in town. 🙂

  8. I don’t know but it annoys me when women slag off other women.

    Even if anyone would be interested in my doing so–highly doubtful!–I wouldn’t be interested in doing this. What I am interested in women being allowed to pursue their (consensual when applicable) hearts’ desires, regardless of whether each specific desire is one I’d so much as dream of sharing.

  9. I would never do it… but I get what you’re saying – those girls are doing it of their own free will and get payed for it, I would never judge them…but I can’t help but be sad that while this still goes on (women putting themselves in a position where the only thing they are judged for is their appearance), it will contribute to women continuing to be objectified in many situations.
    Good post, makes you think!

  10. I think the consensus of the group is that feminism is the right to choose, but this wouldn’t be our choice. I agree with that too. We should be able to do whatever we want, as long as we’re not hurting anyone. Although I am sure there are wives out there who would say that they’re hurt, but that’s between them and their husband.
    I will say that I think it’s sort of ewww, and I think there is a type of woman that would go for this work. I am all for embracing your sexy side, but I guess this is not my taste, and again that’s a choice. Live and let live?

  11. Great post! Who am I to say what another woman chooses to do for work? But, even so, there is a part of me that wishes we didn’t live in the kind of societies where it is okay for men to just simply leer at scantily clad women. If they are opening a Playboy club, then wouldn’t it make sense to open up a similar club for women where the wait staff is made up of attractive men? (BTW – NBC is actually airing a show this fall about a Playboy club, called “Playboy.” I think they are thinking this will be the network equivalent of “Mad Men,” but I highly doubt it.)

  12. Awesome post! Loved this one. While I know I could never do it myself I agree with you in that I believe everyone has the choice to do what they will with their life.

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