“At first, it was such a gigantic mistake from a career point of view that I really regretted it. I’d just begun to be taken seriously as a freelance writer, but after the Playboy article, I mostly got requests to go underground in some other semi-sexual way. It was so bad that I returned an advance to turn the Playboy article into a paperback, even though I had to borrow the money. Even now, people ask why I was a Bunny, right-wingers still describe me only as a former Bunny, and you’re still asking me about it — almost a half-century later. But feminism did make me realize that I was glad I did it — because I identified with all the women who ended up an underpaid waitress in too-high heels and a costume that was too tight to breathe in. Most were just trying to make a living and had no other way of doing it. I’d made up a background as a secretary, and the woman who interviewed me asked, ‘Honey, if you can type, why would you want to work here?’ In the sense that we’re all identified too much by our outsides instead of our insides and are mostly in underpaid service jobs, I realized we’re all Bunnies — so yes, I’m glad I did it.”
—Gloria Steinem, 77, reminisces to Maria Shriver in Interview about her famous exposé on the Playboy Bunny Club. In 1963, Steinem went undercover as a Bunny for Show magazine and reported firsthand how the Bunnies were badly treated. (This was during the “Mad Men” era, you have to remember, when job listings were segregated as “Help Wanted: Male” and “Help Wanted: Female.”) The article helped Gloria become a household name and further inspired people to join the women’s movement of the 1960s.
After the jump, Steinem talks about her reputation as the “pretty feminist.” Keep reading »
There’s an interesting piece over at, uh, MarloThomas.com written by Gloria Steinem called “The Top 10 Pieces of Advice I Just Made Up for Myself,” in which the feminist icon shares her own pearls of wisdom about religion, world peace, and laughter. I liked the concept so much, I decided I would share the advice I’ve made up for myself with you! And please, share your made-up advice in the comments! Maybe it’ll be just what one of your fellow Frisky readers needs to hear… Keep reading »
“Well, it’s a visual business. People want to see the anchor.”
—”Fox News” host Megyn Kelly‘s response to a comment from a GQ reporter that “you sit behind a glass table that shows off your legs.” Interestingly, this segues into a GQ reporter asking Megyn if she is a feminist. Let’s see what Megyn has to say, after the jump.
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We’ve come a long way, baby — but if you ask Gloria Steinem, the de facto mother of modern feminism, we still have a really long way to go. Last week, Steinem, speaking to a crowd at Franklin and Marshall College, said, “I don’t know how to break it to you, but it will take another century and a half” for women to gain equality with men.
While women have made many gains, argued Steinem, the fight isn’t over — and is actually in “the second stage.” “That’s when people tell you [feminism] used to be necessary, but it’s not anymore,” she said. Keep reading »
Uh oh. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has some choice words — actually, just one four-letter word — for CBS’ Katie Couric about reality TV.
Steinem says dating shows like “The Bachelor” are “incredibly stupid” and “what is most offensive about them is it’s not equal opportunity stupidity.” Couric points out that shows like “The Bachelorette” exist, too, but Steinem and Jehmu Greene, president of the Women’s Media Center, explain that there are more reality dating shows where women are vying for a man. “I have a kind of motto,” Steinem says. “S**t is better if it’s equally divided. It’s still a problem, but if it’s equally divided, it’s at least not a political problem.”
Do you agree? [CBS News] Keep reading »
“I do think Hillary Clinton‘s candidacy changed the atmosphere. I never for a moment thought a woman could win. It’s too soon. But I do think that her candidacy made it possible for many more people to imagine a woman president. How she got up every morning and took that much punishment, I don’t know. She was so strong.”
— Women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem thinks America was not ready for the first woman president. Do you agree? [Sacramento Bee] Keep reading »
If you call yourself a “feminist“—which basically means you believe women deserve the dignity, rights and respect afforded to men—then you can relate to how peeps come out of the woodwork to tell you you’re either being “too feminist” or “not feminist” enough. Some people think feminism should be a spartan existence where there’s no frivolity allowed, on principle: no makeup, no “Sex & The City, and definitely no getting married!
The dumbest criticism of feminists we’ve ever seen happened when some people freaked out over the engagement of Jessica Valenti, co-founder of Feministing (and one-time Frisky blog!) to her boyfriend, Andrew Golis, deputy publisher of the politics blog, Talking Points Memo. Gettin’ hitched, apparently, is “antithetical” to feminism. Keep reading »
Diane Keaton will star in her own half-hour HBO series where she’ll play “a feminist icon who attempts to reignite the movement by starting a sexually explicit magazine for women,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Annie Hall working for a porn mag? Yes! Yes! Yes! The show’s writer, Marti Noxon, says Keaton is the first actress she considered for the role because there are so many similarities between her and Gloria Steinem. We don’t see the Keaton-Steinem similarities, though, other than the fact that we want them both to adopt us and share joint-custody. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »
Last night, Suzanne Braun Levine, author of the new book, 50 is the New Fifty, joined feminist icon Gloria Steinem, famed actress and director Isabella Rossellini, editor-in-chief of More magazine Lesley Jane Seymour, and congresswoman Donna Edwards for a panel on the book’s subject matter, life after 50.
I didn’t intend for this to be a personal post, yet the fact that I now sit here writing in the first person and with the aid of some scotch suggests all did not got as planned. When I saw the advert for the event in my local B&N last week, I thought the panel would make for a good piece of reportage for The Frisky. Yet, it would also have been something I’d have considered going to on my own if only to see Gloria Steinem, a woman I’m proud to call a fellow graduate of my Smith College, and who also spoke at my graduation in 2007, delivering what was surely the greatest commencement speech a young woman could hear. Keep reading »