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?