Gloria Steinem hopes you'll boycott 'Playboy Club'
August 10th, 2011
01:08 PM ET

Gloria Steinem hopes you'll boycott 'Playboy Club'

NBC's "The Playboy Club" hasn't been without its share of controversy, and now Gloria Steinem is chiming in with her own call to boycott the show, but for a slightly different reason.

The women’s rights activist, 77, says she hopes viewers will refuse to watch the show, set in the first Playboy Club in Chicago, because it’s not a truthful representation of the time and place and it’s demeaning to women. She says in an interview with Reuters, "Clearly ‘The Playboy Club’ is not going to be accurate. It was the tackiest place on earth. It was not glamorous at all.

"It normalizes a passive dominant idea of gender,” the feminist leader explains. “So it normalizes prostitution and male dominance... 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."

Steinem has experience with the club – in 1963 she went undercover to work as a Bunny at the New York City Playboy Club. The result was a shocking expose about the conditions for women who worked there.

"One of the things they had to change because of my expose was that they required all the Bunnies, who were just waitresses, to have an internal exam and a test for venereal disease," she said. "I hope people boycott ['The Playboy Club']. It's just not telling the truth about the era."

Anti-pornography groups are also calling for a boycott. Pink Cross, a faith-based non-profit that reaches out to adult industry workers is participating in an online petition against the show. "What's shown in 'The Playboy Club' is not real - Playboy definitely damages people. It's pornography, it's sex trafficking and it exploits women," the group’s founder, Shelley Lubben told Fox411.com.

Execs for the show (and its stars) have been busy fighting the criticism, calling the series a “really fun soap opera,” and stating that it’s “all about empowering these women to be whatever they want to be.”

"The Playboy Club" debuts September 19 on NBC.

HBO will premiere “Gloria: In Her Own Words,” a documentary about Steinem, on August 15.


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  18. Flyboy7588

    Wow, I thought this old bag was pushing up daisies by now.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  19. Mammy

    Straight people ain't right! Thank God for cornholers!

    August 11, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  20. Kate

    "DGirl101
    Woodrow, you siad "A woman can be anything she wants to be". Well, back then that wasn't true. A woman was stuck in retail, as a secretary or a housewife. Except for a few instances, that was pretty much it, especially if you weren't Hollywood material. Gloria fought against that. NOW we can be anything we want to be, because of her efforts and those of her feminine contemporaries. Yeah, I may disagree with her methods, but the world is better for it. How would you feel if all you would ever be allowed to do is work all day just digging ditches, and get paid half of what women in the same line of work made? Couldn't buy a beer in a bar without getting told to leave because they thought you were there for illegal reasons? Read your history, people. It sucked back then. Why lie?"

    Really? It sucked back then? Now we have kids without mothers at home because we fought to get in the 'workplace'...Now we have to. We have women who put work ahead of their children and husbands because they are 'empowered'. We have total disrespect of men for women because women on the whole 'want to wear the pants' and men say 'fine wear the darn things and reap all the dirt we took so you could stay home and do your part raising a family.' We have come such a long way baby! As a woman I have NO problem with the idea of being the wife and mother and taking care of a family while my husband works. It is a shared responsibility thing. But now, thanks to the feminist idiots, staying home is now labeled as 'worthless' , a non-job, why don't you DO something with yourself? Hold your own door, carry your own bags. Ya, I can and do, and don't mind. But the chivalry and respect flew out the window with my "rights to do it my self". Woman gained the right to do the job, but we lost all the things we didn't realize we had doing it. I'd rather go back to those days when men actually valued women.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Willy Shat

      Kate, I'm gonna give you a gold star for this one. Feminists would have us all believe that the "dark ages" saw women barefoot and chained to the stove. That's just ridiculous.

      Even more, we've now turned the world on it ear to a model for "equality" that personifies human selfishness. Thus, the world is full of "you're not the boss of me but take care of my responsibilities" women and "you expect me to provide but hey, equal's equal, right?" men.

      Pity. No wonder there are more gay people-no struggle for equity ;)

      August 11, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  21. Manda

    mmmmmm, I like when my husband dominates me! Especially with the handcuffs!

    August 11, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott Pilgrim beat my meat

      manda. Do you like it when he plugs up your butt with his jimmy-stick?

      August 11, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  22. Scott Pilgrim beat The World

    Meh. I think the use of the internet for p0rn has caused boycotting of Playboy for years.

    A real man can get a woman to sleep with him using his cunning over money. Though money will always be the easier of the two.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. Former watcher

    Waaa, waaa, waaaa! Hey, Gloria, didn't you know that women are genetically predisposed to menial tasks?

    August 11, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  24. John Spurlock

    Wow... Gloria's still alive... and still a bitter, frustrated old woman.

    Actually, now, I guess she a bitter, frustrated REALLY old woman.

    And with all her years, and all her experience...

    Still NO ONE care what she thinks.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. MSL58

    If she's such a feminist and presumably aganist judging women by their looks, then why is she dying her hair???...

    August 11, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  26. Who

    Could she get any less attractive? Or any less relevent?

    August 11, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  27. mich

    I think we have more important things to worry about than a dam tv show. Dont you agree?

    August 11, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  28. jb2817

    Gloria,, in the words of Eric Cartman. "Shut your b!tch @ass mouth and make me a pie!". Thank you

    August 11, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  29. Walter

    I am sure that Gloria will be working with the Michele Bachmann campaign or perhaps Sarah Palin if she decides to run. :)

    August 11, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  30. *** Dude ***

    Starve the rat?

    August 11, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  31. Mark McKee

    Gloria doesn't know how to do anything else. She made her fortune off of Playboy and of course, the epic-fail movement of the sixties. Maybe if she had actually read some of Hef's writings from the early 60's....oh never mind. I prefer strong, intelligent, honest women myself...

    August 11, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  32. makak

    The show hasn't even aired yet!! And it's going to be on NBC – how controversial can it be?? It's not reality TV, it's a fictional show with made-up stories.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  33. Luek

    Hey, Gloria turn on the TV and see all the misandric crude in commercials and sit-coms where men are slapped, degraded and generally portrayed as fools. When you start to criticize that then maybe you will be relevant again. Also, stop dyeing you thinning hair at 77. You are grey as they come and everyone knows it!

    August 11, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  34. leonard

    and i want a cake, but that not going to happen either!

    August 11, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  35. jordan lott

    I'm very much into playboy and the playboy bunny stuff.. I have everything in my house that has to do with playboy! I can't wait to watch the show! Bout time they got some entertainment on tv! Yay for playboy and the playboy mansion! Hue heffner is awesome and wish I could meet him one day! Haha -jlo

    August 11, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  36. andy

    Gloria should give it up; she's done her job over and over and over again. The women who don't care what anybody thinks, will keep doing what they do and that's reality. Some girls just don't care what people think and some of them, who are well endowed and very pretty and don't care, have always frustrated Gloria's motives,

    But hey, let's face it; what are we men to do? Well, we'll do what we've always done – stare at them and hand them money as we drool all over ourselves hoping to get lucky. It's the animal in us men and the tease in the girls who simply can't resist teasing us with what they've got.

    Hell, I don't know the answers and neither does Gloria or anybody else. I will not watch this TV show she's protesting, I can say that for a fact, but not because of why Gloria doesn't want me too. Buit when the NFL cheerleaders dance during commericial breaks, my eyes will be rivited to them because they're so pretty and I'm a guy.

    Who knows what to do? Not me; the show will last one season and then fail. Who cares?

    August 11, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  37. Mark

    If Playboy actually were what they were accused of being, the government would have shut it down.

    The truth is that there are more women who are happy to have posed for the magazine or worn the Bunny uniform than those who regretted it. Those that regretted it are a small but vocal minority.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  38. Brian K

    When she complains about all of the sitcoms that show men as morons, then I'll listen to her comments on this program (which I had no intention of watching anyhow, but maybe I will after reading her comments).

    August 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Name*brian

    Awww shes a feminist – isnt that cute....

    August 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Doug Gamble

    As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are taught not to judge others for their actions. Especially those that are not part of the body of the church. Surely we have more than enough on our own plate, why would we tackle something that, in all actuallity, will have little or no bearing on most of our lives? Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Peace

    Hey BV! A monk suit & milk, huh? Will that help me get elected? (Matt Damon blog) HaHa, your funny as he!!. Have good eve, "oh funny one"! LMAO!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kim

    Thank you, Gloria! I will definitely boycott the Playboy Club on NBC and contact all of the sponsors. This show will be canceled, immediately.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  43. sarah S

    oh whatever. i work in the adult entertainment industry as a dancer at a gentlemen's club. none of the managers or owner has ever done anything they shouldn't. and if customer touchs a girl at all they're immediately escorted out. not every club is a sleazy wh*re house and not every girl in the industry is treated like crap. the ones who are choose to continue to work in those conditions.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Hilery

    I can understand post baby boomer men being mesmerized by these shows wanting to live like there grandfathers with subservient women or shall I say girls.You women or shall I say girls are so sad,no no one's putting guns to womens' heads well maybe not in most cases but we still live in a society that women still make less money than a man she's less valued wake up.Ladies you could pay your bills on time and your bf that's been thru bankruptcy could still have a better credit rating than you.If you think I'm not being honest test it out yourselves.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  45. carl

    I ain't gonna lie I just fapped all over her old pretty face.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  46. GetReal

    I'm a feminist, but one thing that REALLY TURNS ME OFF about some feminists is the way they tell you what to do, what to think, what to say, what to watch on TV. If Gloria wants to tell her story about her undercover stint as a Playboy Bunny, fine! But don't tell me what to do, you or anyone else. I don't let men boss me around; why should I let a woman?

    August 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thank you, Gloria

      I think it's fair to raise consciousness about the show. And Gloria's the perfect one to do it. I admire her and know her to be a woman of grace, brilliance, and warmth. She's really quite beautiful, so for those of you who keep saying things about the photo above, cool it, because she's gorgeous in real life.
      You go, girl.

      August 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Amanda

    I'm a woman who feels this is just another show. I'm actually sick of hearing women complain about how men objectify women in music videos, TV, etc. I didn't know someone was holding a gun to their heads, forcing them to dance around and show off their bodies that they have obviously worked hard to get. Come one ladies, you just add fuel to the fire when you go off about this kind of stuff. If you don't want to watch it, don't. But don't tell everyone it's wrong based on how you feel.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Kat

    I can't believe she was christian bales stepmother no wonder he is messed up! I wonder what she has to say about arnold schwarzenegger! The only good thing that has come out of people like her is that woman are no longer seen as second class citizens & deemed housewives only, i hate that woman only belong in the kitchen bollocks sod that s**t.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeanine

      There are a lot of people making comments who don't remember what it was like in the 1960's. As a high school student, I was required to wear dresses to school. It was a dream come true to attend college. And it was scary to strike out and embark on a life as a single woman. It was all uncharted waters, and Gloria Steinem was the one who gave voice to women and made it seem possible to be equal to men and prove anything was possible.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  49. OscarAA

    Why do men still give women money for showing them their naked bodies?? C'mon fellas, lets get our heads out of our asses. We are better than them.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  50. ralph

    She is 77 not 27! Shut that hasbeen up!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  51. stephen

    Gloria – get a life. There are so many more important things to worry about. Try children staving for a start. Try devoting your time to more important pursuits than you sticking your face in front of a camera about an issue most people could care less about. By the way, Gloria, unemployment is over 9% – what about giving someone a job?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  52. ♂The Måd Råp3r♂

    Eat my man symbols, Steinem!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jeff in Illinois

    It's on broadcast TV, NBC no less. No one will see it.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  54. flyboy7588

    I thought this old man-hating bag was dead. Just look at the lines on her face. See what going through life as an angry, bitter woman does to you.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  55. MattFromCa

    Did I just hear the dryer buzzer go off??? Be a doll a go check that after you're done putting the dishes away, thanks! Atta girl!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  56. JJ

    Well, I have already seen the pilot episode and the reason you should boycott is because....well....it stinks! crappy plot!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  57. DG

    I am a woman and I personally can't wait to see this series. I visited the NYC Playboy Club often as a young woman, and it certainly *was* glamorous! That was a great time for women and the beginning of our s*xual freedom. Women today take that freedom for granted, but back then, it was so exciting and FUN!! I don't care what Gloria S. experienced or witnessed as an undercover bunny. First of all, she, like all of the other bunnies, were there of their own free will. No one forced them to work there. And second, her experience was tainted by her feminist position. Most women enjoy and welcome the s*xual attentions of men, and many even seek out those attentions! This is true freedom for women, the CHOICE. I certainly don't need anyone to protect me from my s*xuality. If you don't like the message, don't watch. But please respect my choices.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dh

      You have just told us everything we need to know about you. How sad

      August 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      I couldn't agree more! I didn't know anyone forced these women to take a job there...

      August 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  58. oneSTARman

    Silly Rabbit, Tricks are for Kids.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Mike

    Gloria Steinem is a bigot who supports the exploitation of men, and she needs to shut up.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dh

      Do you know anything about Gloria steinum or what she is talking about?
      If you love any woman who works at any job, thank women like ms sternum!

      August 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Anne

    Feminazis – there's a word I haven't heard in years. The comments here illustrate the fact that its still okay to attack and belittle women. Where are the young women for gloria to pass the torch to? All of the advances will be gone by the time this selfish generation of women are done. Their daughters will suffer from being raised surrounded by their MOTHER"s blindness. The whole movement was a waste – these kool-aid drinking women don't desreve it.
    BTW: there is another show being advertised, "Pan Am" that looks as bad.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  61. DGirl101

    Gloria is right; what the Playboy Club did to women by objectifying them, so too did the ships that brought slaves over from Africa. Creating atmospheres where a disparagy between gender or race or whatever is lauded is criminal because it will no doubt have an influence on those who observe it. I for one, don't want to be treated like a third class citizen because of my gender any more than any African American wants to be treated the same because of race. And I think this program as well as others are seeing to it that women at least have to fight even harder for what they've already earned. That 50's/early 60's mentality where women and blacks are supposed be be not seen or heard? How much you wanna bet they are not going to show any triumph of women over this form of oppression?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • diz

      Seriously....you're comparing a playboy bunny to a slave.?. That's freaking great...I lmao at this.!.

      August 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  62. RG

    Who cares, old bag.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Ian

    Gloria Steinem is a crackpot. She was in the 1960's, and evidently she is now.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Brien

    I had no real interest in watching this show until I saw this article. The simple fact that someone is so angry over this makes me want to at least check out an episode or two just so I have seen it when I read the next article like this after the show has been aired.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Chris

    BoyCott something boring and out dated?
    Only grandpa is interested in the material they put out.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Squirrely

    Hadn't planned on watching. You go Gloria! As you can see most of the hateful posts are from uneducated horney boys who aren't getting their needs met. At least they'll have something to watch besides reruns of Gilligan's Island and Transformers.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jon

    She's probably ticked off because even Hef wouldn't even tap that. Not even sure if viagra could fix that ugly

    August 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Brandon

    Gloria Steinem has just helped raise ratings for this show. I couldnt care less about the show, but since she is helping raise controversy, I might need to watch to see what all the fuss is about. Good job Gloria.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  69. woodrow

    A woman can be anything she wants and if she wants to be a playmate, more power to her. Steinem is promoting an ideology that removes freedom of choice for women. I don't see her as a positive political influence for woman. She made a name for herself by attacking the people who do not conform to her politics.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DGirl101

      Woodrow, you siad "A woman can be anything she wants to be". Well, back then that wasn't true. A woman was stuck in retail, as a secretary or a housewife. Except for a few instances, that was pretty much it, especially if you weren't Hollywood material. Gloria fought against that. NOW we can be anything we want to be, because of her efforts and those of her feminine contemporaries. Yeah, I may disagree with her methods, but the world is better for it. How would you feel if all you would ever be allowed to do is work all day just digging ditches, and get paid half of what women in the same line of work made? Couldn't buy a beer in a bar without getting told to leave because they thought you were there for illegal reasons? Read your history, people. It sucked back then. Why lie?

      August 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  70. FUSTEINEM

    Praise be the feminazis who are trying to decide for me what I am allowed to watch. Gloria, STFU...you are in America...land of the allegedly free and home of the brave who like to make up their own minds about what goes on in the priovacy of our living rooms...that includes are tv sets. Don't like it? Fine. Speak loud and proud about your beliefs, but get your filthy facist hands off my remote control you unamerican sack.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  71. QuietStormX

    Look, these people complaining about this TV Show are to me off base. The Show is set in the early Sixties. A time when women had little rights and thos who wanted to be a "Playboy Bunny" applied because they liked working in the night clubs and it was a job. From the comercials I've seen it looks like a little drama with cute Fit girls. Don't apply todays rights to the past. And lets face it, what can they show on Network TV, not very much. It would have been nice if they had broadcast it on one of their cable networks where they could go deeper and show some skin and figures. I'm going to check out the Playboy Show to see if I like it first? It's a TV Show on NBC? I don't watch anything on NBC or FOX.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  72. McBain

    I wasn't going to watch it, but now that Gloria is up in arms and being so self-righteous; I will.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  73. george

    I don't always agree with her views, but there is no reason to post some of the ignorant and rude rantings that have been written. Bravo to her and to others who speak up against the industry that uses women's bodies for profit under the guise of empowerment!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  74. sunnyvale420

    this show is probably going to be horrible and will be cancelled due to low ratings. look who the star is- Eddie Cibrian? Who the hell will he bring? he's one of the biggest tools in Hollywood. The show will commit suicide so Gloria shouldn't have to worry too long.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  75. gmack

    None of the women who worked at the Playboy clubs were forced to work there. I'm guessing they wanted to be bunnies and wanted to be noticed. It was their choice to work there and they could choose to quit. I hate when people unnecessarily make others out to be martyrs.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Me

    Gloria, go put on your burkenstocks and get back in the kitchen and make some cupcakes or something...

    August 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  77. I am Woman

    Hell with Gloria and NOW because where they when the media was bashing Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman just because they don't believe in abortion doesn't mean you don't support them because they are WOMEN, GLoria and Joy Bahar are hyprocrites. Can't stand either one of them.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mnjoe

      As misguided and dumb as Steinem is, she tries to support women's rights. Palin and Bachmann try to suppress them. Just because they are women themselves doesn't change their platform.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Gonzoaster11

    This just in: It's a fricking TV show.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  79. someboredguy

    So once again some holier-than-thou bitties are trying to decide what other people should and shouldn't watch. People are for the most part, intelligent and if the show is good, it'll rightfully stay on the air. If it blows (which I think it will), it'll disappear in it's own time. But quit trying to impose your views on the rest of us.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  80. SixDegrees

    This is the first I've heard of this show. I don't watch much TV, and this sort of thing isn't my normal type of show. But if Steinem is against it, I'll definitely give it a look.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  81. The Måd Råp3r

    It boggles my mind that in the age of things like SWAP.avi and 2-girls-1-cup there are still people out there who complain about Playboy damaging women.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  82. "Mad Men" atempt to make money

    ... then they shal have a post-comment for parents on how to explain to their 16 yearold doughters why they mast go to colledges and hard work to save when there is this glamour and welth of being p0rn stars and $trippers.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  83. alecia

    Gloria and all of you Gloria minions out there- there is a button on your remote that says on/off that you can use or just change the channel! you all want to empower women but as long as we do it your way. thats not how it works. if women want to work in that market that is their choice and like it or not GS paved the way for us to be able to make that choice if we want to. i think its degrading myself but i dont have the right to tell someone not to work @ the club because i dont like it! and neither do you.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  84. R

    Well, do you know how many times Kelly Ripa talks about what she considers her lack of ample boobs? And that's on a morning talk show. Apparently, it's women who can be their own worst enemy. Women choose to be Playboy Bunnies or accept a role in a tv series portraying women in demeaning ways.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Gauntletwielder

    Hugh Hefner should sue Gloria Steinem and those Bibke-thumpers for defamation of character. And guess what folks...it's TV!!!!! There are reality shows on TV...this show is NOT one of them.
    Gloria Steinem is ignorant...does she reakize the vast majority of Playboy Clubs have shut down years ago? Compared to other adult magazines, Playboy is classy and VERY respectful to women. In Playboy, you will never ever see a woman in that nasty "open wide" pose that reveals the scenic route to her tonsils.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  86. AlohaBetty

    Gloria is just puffed up because men would rather look at bunnies than her dried up ol' puss.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Beautiful Vixen

    I don't plan on watching this show but I don't think anyone is putting a gun to these women's head and make them join the Playboy club. I sure the women wanted to do it, and if it turns out to be something that they don't like, I'm sure they can quit. Maybe we (all women) should dress like monks then to please the likes of people like her/you. I kind of like my men a little dominant, after all he is a man. If i wanted to date a p*$*y I would go gay. Maybe we should cover our head with sheets and just have the eyes and nose holes cut open. Hey there Peace!! Would you like to go with me to buy a monk's outfit? We can pick up one for you, alecia and fernace also. We can then go out after and drink milk.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Cindy

    Truth is, these women make a lot of money teasing men. Most of them don't put out unless they want to.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Teamroper

    I can't believe she ever got in the Playboy Club. Liar

    August 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dh

      All you have to do is look up the expose she wrote. There are pictures in case reading is difficult for you.

      August 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  90. citizenUSA

    Sure ,Playboy is p-graphic but I don't understand how it's $ex trrafficking, (according to the current definition), or exploiting women. If a women accepts money for a job at the club or pictures in the magazine, they are exploiting themselves, (which I wish they wouldn't do).

    August 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  91. epicjourney

    Gloria Steinem is demeaning to men so I don't follow her argument.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Biohzrd420

    "Execs for the show (and its stars) have been busy fighting the criticism, calling the series a “really fun soap opera,” and stating that it’s “all about empowering these women to be whatever they want to be."

    Yeah I bet the male TV executives would call this empowering. Thanks, but I'll think I'll decide for myself what empowers women and being ogled and groped by men is not one of them.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Leon

    She is the worst person ever. I don't think I will watch because the show looks stupid, but to boycott the show is just plain old dumb. The playboy club was a great thing and in this uptight world there is too much PCness. I say bring on the T and A and misogyny. Sometimes a little but slap is all you need. I say boycott Steinham.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • saopaco

      Leon...she is "the worst person ever"? Really? Worse than Hitler or those mad fellas?

      August 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Howie

    Biological imperative – have $ex, as often as possible. For hetero man, the only way to satisfy said imperative is by making use of a woman's body. To that extent, every woman will always be a $ex object to every hetero man. This doesn't mean that the woman doesn't have value beyond the use men want to make of her, but to rail against the 'objectification of women' is pointless, it is a natural consequence of our biology.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  95. bert

    Get real Steinem! No TV show, movie or play has EVER depicted any historical situation accurately. They're into making cash and use a time period or situation as a starting point and make up most everything in a show. Nothing will be different in this show.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jerry

    Well this just further proves what I fully believe and that is this country are a bunch of prudes.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Truth

    Who put the picture of Yoda at the top of this page?

    August 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dh

      You will look like that or worse quicker then you can believe. Things that come out of your mouth will be considered boring,and anachronistic. The alternative is dying young,and stupid.

      August 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  98. rozbeans

    Of course she wants it boycotted – she doesn't want someone portraying her as a young female reporter, shaking her ass with a bunny tail in the show because YOU KNOW it's going to happen. I plan to DVR this show, too.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Shut It Hag

    I am for sure going to watch it now.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Ga Peach

    One more thing, Gloria is giving the show a lot of free publicity. And being curious like most people, when told I should not watch somethng, I am more interesting in watching it! Just human nature! I believe I can watch this and not run out and get an STD.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Barry

    She is a nasty old hag.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeanine

      No, she's not nasty. Forty years ago, women were secretaries and nurses. Or homemakers. Since that time with a lot of help from Gloria Steinem, women have proven that they can do any job.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Ga Peach

    I think a disclaimer would be appropriate. You can't go around telling people what to watch. It is only entertainment and I doubt people would believe it was a true depiction. Since women have come a long way don't you thhink we can decide for ourselves what to watch!

    August 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      So if they made a show about a pedophile it would be cool with you. We could watch them lure in kids, but of course we would have 18 year olds play the part so as not to offend anyone. Is that cool with everyone, just not watch it if you don't like it?

      August 11, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter Yanker

      Fine with me. I enjoy jerking to toddlers and tiaras.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  103. MrsFudd

    Although I am no fan of Gloria Steinem, I do agree with the boycott. This show glorifies the "s*x without consequences" culture. People today think it's fine to sleep with whoever you want whenever you want in order to gratify their own selfish desires. No one talks about the young lives ruined as a result of s*xual experimentation, especially at young ages. As a marriage and family counselor for over 30 years, I've seen it all. I can tell you for a fact that those who wait for s*x until they are married are much more likely to stay married and have successful families and careers. Those who are married and stay faithful have -0- STD's. STD's today have mutated so much over the last 40 years, there are strains of syphilis and gonorrhea that are now resistant to most antibiotics. STD's can kill and leave you infertile, but no one seems to understand this anymore. The "Playboy Club" TV show just capitalizes on the lies that s*x without personal responsibility is fun, harmless and without consequences. This TV show is a cop-out because there are no longer any talented writers who can think up anything original anymore.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bull

      This program will be the same as Bay Watch. Any guy watching it will do so with the sound turned off.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shut It Hag

      It is fine to sleep with whoever you want as long as all parties consent, period.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • aboredguy

      Amazing how you can tell us what a show THAT HASN'T AIRED YET shows and doesn't show. I'm astounded. Care to share next week Powerball numbers while you have your crystal ball out?

      August 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nyarlathotep

      Something hated by both extreme feminists AND Christian social conservatives? This show is starting to look better and better.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mojo886

      aboredguy, what is wrong with you? TONIGHT's Powerball numbers, my friend, TONIGHT's! $220 mil...

      August 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  104. GloGlo

    Gloria should retire, she was irrelevant when she began, and she's even more irrelevant today. The worlds changed, and she was passed by.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dh

      How do you think things got changed? Some braver smarter women came along so that even someone as slow as you notices things have changed.

      August 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Jangocat

    Someone tell this fool it's not 1960 anymore and she doesn't speak for all women. This is just entertainment, wonder if she opposes the Chippendale's too? Doubt it.

    August 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Christy

    I 100% agree with Ms. Steinem's comments. Thank you for speaking up on behalf of women as you have for innumerable decades before!

    August 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      "innumerable decades before?" I think it is possible to put a number on them.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DG

      I'm a woman, and she certainly isn't speaking for me! Women are NOT being exploited by these industries. They are CHOOSING to do this kind of work because they enjoy the attention it brings. I thought the whole feminist movement was about a woman having the right to choose her own course in life. I guess Ms. Steinem (and yourself) only believe this to the extent that women choose the life YOU want them to live. You don't think men should tell women how to live, but you do seem to think women, such as yourself, should be able to. How sadly hypocritical.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  107. dumb dumb dumb

    The more idiots that say to boycott this show, the more people will watch. I had no interest in this show until people started suggesting to boycott it. I'm tuning in for sure now!

    August 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Steve Lotz

    Tell tired old irrelevant Gloria to crawl back under her rock.

    August 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Adraya 3OOO

    Marie if it wasn't for these man hating,liberal,feminist you wouldn't be able to run your mouth.

    August 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  110. PauletteB

    The show will most likely die on its own – another stupid idea by male studio and marketing execs trying to regain the libidos they lost in the '60s. Who cares?

    August 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Anonymous

    All women should be boycotting this show – women have come too far in today's society to continue to let the media and advertising continue to objectify and demean them. This is not 'harmless' entertainment – the fact that shows like this would even be allowed on the air in this day in age is outrageous. It is time to say 'enough' and stand up for what is right. I took women's studies in university, and the statistics on the abuse suffered by women in these industries is appalling and should not be used as 'entertainment'.

    August 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • El General

      Wow, you took a woman's study class in college, you must be very knowledgeable then... Truth is that the network is trying to capitalize on Madmen, similarly to PanAm. Both of these will fail because the writing/acting/plot will blow, not because a stick in the mud like you found some feminist agenda in college in between smoking a blunt and trying out sappho kissing

      August 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHut It Hag

      WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

      Cry me a river.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Well said. As women we have come too far to let a backward show like this or any other, demean us. Men that find this "entertainment" are not real men and doubt their masculinity.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Your right women have come far....FARTHER then men infact. The double standards don't matter to you as long as they lean in your genders favor. Women get away with way more then men could ever yet they still act like their victims

      August 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • DG

      I wasn't a Playboy bunny, but I am a woman who went to the NYC Playboy Club when it existed, and I LOVED it! It may not have been glamorous for the bunnies, but then neither is most industries that only show us the finished product, like acting, modeling, flight attendants, etc. I lived through the Playboy Club era and I wish we could go back to those days. Whatever the bunnies had to endure, they endured it of their own free will. No one forced them to work there. That was a time of great s*xual freedom for women, and most young women actually enjoy the s*xual attentions of men. I can't wait to see this series!

      August 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Take a Midol

      It's obviously your time of the month.

      August 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      You havent seen the show or read the script, how can you say what the point of view is?

      August 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack black

      shut up woman and get me a beer

      August 11, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  112. Peace

    Well to each his own, but, they did get free exams! Most waitresses can't afford healthcare! ;)

    August 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ItsDaPoleece

      Though I'm a very liberal person (and atheist @ Nyarlathotep :P) and I firmly support any grown adult who chooses to watch a show like this, I have to admit that I also recognize what this First Amendment culture is doing to the sxuality of our nation. The idea that "it's legal" for this show to be on primetime tv on a network that hosts Parks & Rec, Community, 30 Rock, and The Office (for the mostpart tame, 21st century "family" shows) etc... legal or not I think the idea is tacky at best, and at worst a desperate ploy for the ratings NBC hasn't seen for some time now.

      I won't know what this show is about until I see it (and I'm a straight guy so I'm sure I'll catch it) so I can't judge the show on its plot, undertones or message, but the idea that NBC, network tv, a channel you get if you don't even order cable service in a digital age (just a converter box), has put this show forth for anyone who's awake and has tv access during its timeslot I believe speaks to that company's character.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  113. Translation please

    "It normalizes a passive dominant idea of gender,”

    What does this femi-speak even mean...?????

    August 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Here you go

      It means, "this show is telling us that it's normal for women to be passive and for men to be dominant".

      August 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yet she wont talk about the same thing that happens to men....on mainstream TV its out for women to hit men, and is even seen as funny. But "god" forbid a man do the same thing hes seen as this evil person. Give me a break Steiny

      August 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slewatha

      Chris, you hit the nail on the head. I see that on TV all the time and think if that was the other way around, there would be an outcry. I don't think for a minute most of these blows hurt, but just the same, it's a total double standard.

      August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeanine

      You wouldn't even believe the fem-language they use in Women's Studies classes in colleges. Instead of helping women attain equal pay for equal work, they're teaching how gender and race has marginalized women throughout history. It's stupid and non-productive.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  114. ATPMSD

    So what on TV is accurate? It just entertainment and we need to stop telling people what they can't watch!

    August 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • elm

      She is just upset because she wanted to pose for Hustler, Flynt told her to go to hell as did Hef.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      Why is viewing a nude human body exploitation? Sorry, there is *nothing* wrong with it. The REAL exploiters are those who tell us we should be ashamed to not keep our bodies hidden at all times, or that we should be ashamed to look upon the body of another.
      There is no reason one can't be a feminist and a nudist at the same time. Or even being a feminist and be paid for posing nude!

      August 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melina319

      Ms. Steinem is not telling people what they CAN'T watch, she's telling people that she thinks they SHOULDN'T watch this show. I happen to agree with her, but I understand that the networks can produce whatever trash they like.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TX4UREXKARLENE

      I think Family Guy & Reno 911 are pretty accurate :-)

      August 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • RedneckGuru

      Here we go again. Gloria, STFU!!!!!!!!!!!! I would think that we as a culture have grown to know what things are or are not. You are just trying to get back into the public eye. I am all for equal rights. If a woman or even a man wants to work in a place like that, LET THEM!!!!!!!!! You are not working there so once again....STFU!!!! I bet ya wish ya didn't burn your bra now, ya probably need it at your age.

      August 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • 11459

      elm – oh, so clever. i'll bet you're a real catch, mesmerizing all around you with your rapier wit.

      Jackson – she says nothing negative about naked, natural bodies; i'd venture to guess that she probably agrees with you about there being no shame in loving and using your body to its fullest. what she's saying is that when women's bodies become a source of entertainment and wealth for OTHER people (men, tv viewers, tv producers, etc.), that's exploitation, and it's not only unfair, it's demeaning.

      August 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Burn your Bra, starve the rat, didn't work either.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
    • olive

      No doubt her nickname is cheese-neck.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • craigsf5

      @Jackson...no one said anything about viewing the body. She's talking about women being pimped out. Did you read the story? It's not about the magazine.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  115. sami

    Silly angry person.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Walken

    Perhaps Gloria is overreacting on this. But to speak of her hating when there's quite a bit of hate in these threads is a bit like that pot, kettle black thing isn't it?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Cap'n Dope

    The presence of the word 'feminazi' in your but ugly post is an absolute guarantee that at least two really stoopid spelling mistakes will ensue.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |

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