I'm a New York-based writer, editor and multimedia journalist. I write on gender, culture, teens & trends for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Cosmo & Time, where I'm a contributing columnist. I'm also a contributing editor for Sheryl Sandberg's women's org, Lean In. Past Lives: Executive Editor of TUMBLR, Senior Editor at NEWSWEEK.
Female authority is still associated with childhood, and the last time a lot of powerful guys saw a powerful woman they were eight, and they feel regressed to childhood by a powerful woman in a way that they don’t feel with a man.
Nora Ephron on the premiere of NBC’s The Playboy Club, in this week’s NEWSWEEK:
I worry (as someone who was an adult in the 1960s) that young people will see The Playboy Club and think that this is what life was like back then and that Hefner, as he also says in his weird, creepy voice-over, was in fact “changing the world, one Bunny at a time.”
So I would like to say this:
1. Trust me, no one wanted to be a Bunny.
2. A Bunny’s life was essentially that of an underpaid waitress forced to wear a tight costume.