April 23, 2011

BEHIND PLAYBOY BUNNIES 1

It's Bunny Weekend at Spy Vibe! The Playboy Bunny symbolized sexuality in the cold war era by providing an icon for publisher Hugh Hefner's celebration of sex and individual freedom. The success of his magazine and chain of clubs showed that people were ready to bring sexuality out into the open and to move away from the repression of the Eisenhower years. The first club started in Chicago in 1960 and was an important stepping-stone to the social revolution that would happen over the next decade. According to Gloria Steinem and others in these two short documentaries, those voluptuous vixens were still tied in some ways to post-war attitudes. One Bunny tells us just how much energy and practice it required to present that Bunny image on the job. Follow our Bunny Weekend with Behind Playboy Bunnies 2 for more in-depth views on the Playboy Bunny Years with interviews with ex-Bunnies and with Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner.

Go behind-the-scenes with Playboy Bunnies at the Ex-Playboy Bunnies website. Spy Vibe also recommends the book, 50 Years of the Playboy Bunny. Image above of Bunny Deana with James Bond actor George Lazenby.



2 comments:

  1. however, playboy bunnies were still more glamorous back then, than they are today..

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  2. agreed! that's very true. i haven't made a recent comparison, but my impression is that bunnies of the 1960s celebrated diversity more. they were in a way doll-like in behavior (or at least in training), but nothing compared to the homogeneous barbi-doll faces/bodies that contemporary society pressures women to adhere to. i think the original bunnies presented glamor and sophistication.

    i enjoy seeing Hef's early tv shows, where folks gathered around major jazz artists, scientists, novelists, and comics. the whole scene was sharper- more glamorous- than we commonly see in current culture.

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