Saturday, 4 June 2011

Me in a bunny costume and Hugh Heffner


I was outside the  Playboy in Mayfair, London last night (4 June) dressed in my Easter Bunny costume to demonstrate against the use of children by the Heffner empire to increase his billions. I am talking about the merchandise made by Playboy targeted at children. These items of merchandise are pink in colour and have the bunny logo to make it attractive. The discrimination against females is done in a jokey manner so as to make it look harmless. Lots of girls I know have the Playboy merchandise without realising what it means.

Well, I saw for myself today what it means. It means that the club treats women as accessories for men. This type of objectification of women is dangerous because it encourages a downhill attitude that ends in violence against women. I saw the Bunnies close up and I cannot for the life of me see how it can be empowering to be dressed like that and to do the work that they do.

 Girls of my age want to be WAGS, models or pop singers. We need to show them, my generation, that they need to and can aspire to use their brains instead of their bodies. When my generation reaches the age of entering the workplace there won't be enough women to do so because they would have gone down the Playboy route in using ther bodies instead of their brains.

The demonstration was organised by the 'EFF OFF HEFF' campaign. I am glad it is spelt as EFF because i am not allowed to swear. Anyway, the campaign name says it all.

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7 comments

  1. Great blog item - I saw the title on Lib Dem Voice and I had to wonder what this was all about. Easter bunny, what a brilliant idea!
    And I agree with you, no one should aspire to be superficial.

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  2. surely in a liberal society people should have the freedom to aspire to be superficial if that is what they want to do?! (freedom from conformity is core to the LibDem constitution.)

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  3. Dear Left Lib,
    Thanks for the compliment.I must say that the opening night of the club did seem very plastic and fake.
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    Maelo

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  4. Dear John,
    Not that radical. I had to leave the club at 10pm because it was past my bed time. The others stayed on. Then I blogged. Didn't get to bed till past midnight.
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    Maelo

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  5. Dear Mr McCarthy,
    I was wondering when somebody would swoop down and challenge me on the extent of liberalism. Lib Dem principles are about empowering people. Playboy sells merchandise to children. This is inappropriate because Playboy is part of the adult market. Adults can make empowered decisions. Children don't understand everything that they see or buy.
    Therefore it is wrong to subject children to attractive merchandise.
    On a separate issue, was Germany right to close their nuclear plants?
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    Maelo

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  6. People can be as superficial as they like but children need values to begin the right way in life. I don't think superficiality has values because it is fake.

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