Exploring a Diary-Style Exposé. Background. Born to a traveling salesman and an editor of the Toledo Blade Grew up with a mentally unstable mother Vowed never to let herself become a victim Attended Smith College. Breaking Cultural Norms. Studied abroad
Born to a traveling salesman and an editor of the Toledo Blade
Grew up with a mentally unstable mother
Vowed never to let herself become a victim
Attended Smith College
Helped the Gandhians attract female members
Moved to NYC
Didn't identify with The Feminine Mystique
"Show wanted to capitalize on the curiosity surrounding the new Clubs" (Wheaton).
Adopted the alias, Marie Ochs, a name "much too square to be phony" (Steinem).
"We don't like our girls to have any background” (Bunny Mother).
"We just want you to fit the Bunny image” (Bunny Mother).
The costume was "darted and seamed until it was two inches smaller than any of my other measurements everywhere except the bust”
"I was sure it would be perilous to bend over"
Costume upkeep and maintenance
Mandatory eyelash fitting and makeup demonstration
Fake eyelashes, rouge, tights, heels
"They key to selling more drinks is Customer Contact…they will respond particularly to your efforts to be friendly“
“Gender roles in conduct manuals are often reinforced by pictorial representations of the ‘true’ woman…” (Johnson).
"Our licenses are laid on the line any time any of our employees in any way, engages, aids, or abets traffic prostitution....“
“Use your most attractive and personable male representatives to proposition the Bunnies..."
A tattered tail, torn tights, unkempt hair, messy makeup, or too short of high heels are all worthy of demerits
"Failure to keep a doctor's appointment, 20 demerits"
“The Club takes 50 percent of the first $30 worth of those that are charged, 25 percent of amounts up to $60, and 5 percent after that”
"Number One Keyholders are given special treatment..."
Steinem describes working as the "Hat Check Bunny for $12 flat”
“The zipper had left a welt over my spine”
Steinem says she goes into work early to learn more about her "sister Bunnies”
Confronts them with the false advertising in the recruitment brochures
“I said maybe we ought to join a union” (Steinem).
“In programming us with, as one Bunny put it, ‘all that glamour crap’, the Club sometimes defeated itself” (Steinem).