The Girls Run It
“Ten days after we seized Harvard’s Architectural workshop at 888 Memorial Drive in Cambridge and created our women’s center under seige, 80 of us marched out. Our NLF flags were flying. We looked victorious, decorated with multi-colored headbands and face-paint. We carried daffodils, gay liberation banners and Free Ericka signs. The last of us climbed to the top of our 20 foot step ladder and tacked a new message over the row of women’s liberation symbols decorating the building. The red lettering, still wet and shiny, told Harvard: “Sorry, we couldn’t wait.” We locked the door behind us.”
Plastic Sex Melts. San Francisco Express Times (1969)
GRINNELL, Iowa (LNS) — Bruce Draper is a PR man for Playboy Magazine. He travels around to college campuses, selling the Playboy line and “promoting products for our advertisers.” When Hefner’s boy Draper came to Grinnell College, the local folk engaged him in naked confrontation. Ten students, six of them girls, took off their clothes to protest Playboy’s exploitation of the female body.
“Playboy Magazine is a money-changer in the temple of the body,” began their leaflet.
Draper, who is “manager of college promotion” for the bunny boys, was invited by Grinnell to speak as part of a “sex education” lecture series. He had done his thing, and was answering questions from the 100-strong audience, when the disrobing occurred.
Ten students made themselves naked while a male member of the crew strummed “You’ve got to walk that Lonesome Valley” on a guitar. They sat on the floor (the whole thing was happening in the lounge of a girl’s dorm), remaining there for a good fifteen minutes. One girl confronted Draper, asking him to pose nude for a girl photographer. The gentleman declined, saying, “I came here to talk, not to pose nude.”
The disrobing was sponsored by local women’s liberation and guerrilla theater groups. Their message was clearly presented in a statement issued at the speech.
“Pretending to appreciate and respect the beauty of the naked human form, Playboy is actually stereotyping the body and commercializes on it. Playboy substitutes fetishism for honest appreciation of the endless variety of human forms.”
“We protest Playboy’s images of lapdog female playthings with idealized proportions and their junior-executive-on-the-way-up possessors. The Playboy bunny is an affront to human sexual dignity.”