Monday, August 15, 2011

Gloria Steinem Documentary on HBO Tonight, Gloria: In Her Own Words

Legendary feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who has championed women's rights since the 60's, will be the focus of a documentary that is airing tonight on HBO called Gloria: In Her Own Words. This is an epic event!! You must find a way to see this tonight. She was a leader and a revolutionary, fighting for abortion rights, the passage of the ERA and basic human rights for women and minorities.

She once posed undercover at the Playboy Club as a Playboy Bunny, which she recently spoke about in regard to the soon-to-premiere NBC show, The Playboy Club, which has received some harsh criticism (from me and others as well).

The show creators have attempted to sell the show as "empowering to women," but Steinem says, "Clearly The Playboy Club is not going to be accurate. It was the tackiest place on earth. It was not glamorous at all." The show "normalizes a passive dominant idea of gender. So it normalizes prostitution and male dominance...I just know that over the years, women have called me and told me horror stories of what they experienced at the Playboy Club and at the Playboy Mansion."

As part of her undercover investigation, through her expose, the club was forced to remove its requirements that Bunnies undergo internal exams and STD tests. Aside from fighting for the passage of and helping to create laws that protect women, she played a prominent role in the "Free Angela Davis" campaign, and also founded the first feminist magazine, Ms, which has reached a global readership. Through her 77 years on earth, she has accomplished quite a lot.

Check out the trailer:

For a bit more, check out the video below, which explains her insights, experiences, views on 3rd wave feminism, the Playboy experience, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and more.

She also recently did an interview with Stephen Colbert.

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