This week, Sarah recounts the occasion in 1963 when journalist Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny at the famous New York City Playboy Club. Between the long hours, harsh demerit system, and sleazy clientele, it was an experience that Gloria would not soon forget. Gloria translated her Playboy Bunny experience into one of the most famous pieces of undercover journalism ever written. Grab your satin bunny ears and your 3-inch heels – it’s time for some rampant misogyny!




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Ep01 – JFK’s Sexual Exploits
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  • Mills, Nicolaus. “Gloria Steinem’s ‘a bunny’s tale’ – 50 years later.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited, 26 May 2013.
  • Steinem, Gloria. “A Bunny’s Tale.” Show Magazine. May 1963: 90-93, 114-115.
  • Steinem, Gloria. “A Bunny’s Tale: Part II.” Show Magazine. June 1963: 66-68, 110-112.
  • Wang, Evelyn. “That time Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny.” Dazed. Dazed Media, 13 September 2016.
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Sarah Duncan is a lean manufacturing coach for a pharmaceutical company. Her ADD combined with excessive creative energy have led to many outlandish pursuits and activities over the years, including 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, a brief stint competing in sprint triathlons, and performing in the Raleigh musical theater scene. For years, Sarah has been fascinated with how romance and passion have frequently changed the course of history. Salacious History evolved out of Sarah’s love of history, pop culture, and podcasting.

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