NYC Playboy Club Reopens After 30 Years, What Does This Say About Feminism?

BY JST NEWS

Is the latest news about Playboy Club a sign that female empowerment movement is moving backwards or it’s merely an answer to nostalgia?

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According to a press release, the Playboy Club will be back in New York City as a “key feature” in a Midtown hotel. Along with (possibly) its famous Bunnies, the club will surely include “a lounge area, a game room and a full-service dining room.

About those Bunnies though, the press release indicates their “style & graciousness”:

The alluring Playboy Bunny hostesses, waitresses and cocktail servers have a worldwide, well-deserved reputation for their style and graciousness.

Opened in 1962, the original New York City Playboy Club became a controversial hotbed when Gloria Steinem released “A Bunny’s Tale” the year after the club opened. Steinem, a the legendary feminist, exposed behind the scenes of her experience working undercover as a Bunny. In addition to burdensome regulations of employment, many bunnies have complained the rules of the Playboy brand placed on their lives outside of the Club.

The Playboy Club was so successful that it expanded internationally. For many years, it carried an ultra-cool factor. But in 1986, the original New York City Playboy Club closed with other locations also shutting down in 1991.

Photos: Associated Press

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