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post #1 of 26
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There have been a few articles in the papers recently about pencil cases with the Playboy Bunny logo being banned in schools.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/gender/sto...549273,00.html

http://iccroydon.icnetwork.co.uk/new...name_page.html

http://brandnoise.typepad.com/brand_...rs_seek_t.html

These can be bought in quite a few high street stationary shops and are merchandised in with the back to school ranges.

What does everyone else think of this? An over reaction or has playboy gone a step too far?
post #2 of 26
I wanted to buy this really cool playboy poster, it had a black backround with a pink bunny and the outline was aqua, my friend called me a sl*t for wanting it
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by fwan
I wanted to buy this really cool playboy poster, it had a black backround with a pink bunny and the outline was aqua, my friend called me a sl*t for wanting it
It's because of the message behind it. I guess it does look cool hah, but the meaning and stuff is why she and lots of people think of it that way.

I do not like that they are selling playboy school supplies. That is totally wrong. Period. Come on. I think it's great that they have banned it. A lot of kids don't realize even what it is...or means...but still it's wrong.

Just my opinion.
post #4 of 26
i know the meaning behind it is why...but..i dunno. i dont see a huge deal with it. its just a bunny. but thats me..
post #5 of 26
It's only the bunny logo right? Nothing wrong about it. It's probably because a lot of adults in authority spend much of their time looking at Playboy magazines that it's already branded in their brains and they don't want to be reminded of it.
Has anybody seen those pencil boxes with sexy anime heroines? Now those are near to scandalous and a lot more explicit. But because they are "cartoons" it's okay for children.
post #6 of 26
Ummm...its just a pen. With the bunny logo on it.

Now if you clicked it and a Playboy Bunny pops out, blonde hair, boobs and all, then I could see it getting banned.

Heck, I use to have a pen in high school that had a picture of a good looking man in a speedo. When I clicked it to write the speedo went away. But that was never banned!
I wonder where that pen went to....
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
ned.
Heck, I use to have a pen in high school that had a picture of a good looking man in a speedo. When I clicked it to write the speedo went away. But that was never banned!
In grade school, I had one of a woman and when you turned it down to write, her clothes disappeared. And guess what? My dad gave me the ballpen. Those were not banned either.
post #8 of 26
Playboy should NEVER be in schools. The schools are going the right thing. What was that horrible degrading magizine thinking!!!! They shuld be shut down!! It is obsene and damaging to women.

Can you tell I hate Playboy
post #9 of 26
i think they should invent another logo if its going to be so explicit
post #10 of 26
Maybe it's just me, and I do not mean any offense to anyone here, (most especially you, fwan) but I have always thought the bunny is a stupid looking thing. When I used to work in tattoo shops, someone was always wanting it for a tattoo. It was never some pretty young lady that might possibly be considered for Playboy, it was always some skeevy looking anorexic crackhead or a 400 lb. toothless trailer park princess.
I agree that it has no place in the schools. I worked at the call center for the Post Office where nobody but our coworkers ever saw us, and a girl was sent home for wearing a leather jacket with the bunny on it. It was considered sexually explicit and not allowed in the workplace.
I hope I am not rambling, I am still working on my first cup of coffee!
post #11 of 26
If it's just the bunny logo then i can't see a problem?!.
post #12 of 26
The logo itself might seem inoffensive if people don't know what's behind it.

I understand that sexual curiosity in kids is strong, as well as the appeal of a child wanting to flaunt an 'adult' image.

I have to say that I find the idea of marketing Playboy stuff to kids very disturbing. Consenting adults can do whatever with their bodies, but I think marketing the Playboy image to young people is harmful in a way that's not immediately obvious. It's not just about looking at naked women - it's the idea that a woman's primary value is in her appearance and sex appeal to men. Marketing that idea to school-aged children is obscene as far as I'm concerned. Young girls are extremely vulnerable to such influences, and puberty is difficult enough already.
post #13 of 26
hmmmm. I don't have a problem with it.
I don't see Playboy as pornography. Soft core arousal perhaps.
If it was "Jugs" promotional material, then I may concede that its in bad form.

But then, the men I know still aren't overly enamoured with Playboy material and they were also introduced to more than the pen when they were young.
They find the woman mainly boring and vapid looking.
post #14 of 26
I think it could be a lot worse.
If its just the bunny, that seems like more of a corporate logo than anything. Yes, the corporation promotes sex, but its not hard core porn or anything...mostly a bunch of boobs.

It IS weird that they would produce something so kid-oriented (pencil cases aren't often used by grownups, are they?) with their logo, but they ARE making money on it, which I'm sure is the original idea.

To kids, Playboy seems like something really naughty and interesting and forbidden, so of course they want to know about it. and of course they'll want to promote it, if its so cool that they can't see it til their 18 (ideally.) Therefore, I don't think Playboy is trying to sell sex to kids, just their logo.

I don't think I did a very good job explaining. Oh well.
post #15 of 26
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personally I think under 18's shouldnt be exposed to plaboy, even if its just the logo, in any shape or form.

Why would a 6 year old need a pencil case with a porn empires logo on it?

Maybe I am being over sensitive but dont you think that this is 'normalising' playboy? I dont think it's right that these children will grow up with this image being as recognisable as the mcdonalds or disney logo.

Kids these days grow up too fast as it, without them being encouraged to promote soft porn on their school supplies.
post #16 of 26
IMO, the image itself is no more disturbing than the swastika is (in fact, in elem. school, we found a swastika in the dictionary on a page of symbols and thought it was cool cuz we didn't associate it with Nazis or the Holocaust), however I do agree that desensitizing kids to the symbol is one way to pave the road to the "real thing". Our kids are losing their youth and innocence much too early ; our society glamorizes youth, and ignores the value of being an elder.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by catsknowme
IMO, the image itself is no more disturbing than the swastika is (in fact, in elem. school, we found a swastika in the dictionary on a page of symbols and thought it was cool cuz we didn't associate it with Nazis or the Holocaust), however I do agree that desensitizing kids to the symbol is one way to pave the road to the "real thing". Our kids are losing their youth and innocence much too early ; our society glamorizes youth, and ignores the value of being an elder.
I have to disagree pretty strongly with this. I definately associate the swastika with the holocaust, and many others do as well. I would be much more deeply disturbed by a child with a swastika on their pencil case than the playboy bunny symbol. One has come to represent hatred and violence, and the other sex. As with movies and everything else, I am much more comfortable with children being exposed to sex than to violence and hate.
post #18 of 26
I think if the item in question is causing a disruption in the classroom then it should be banned. I think this should apply to any one of the million things that kids decide is "trendy" during a school year. I remember several things that went through the popular phase when I was in school, such as wearing pacifier necklaces in the 8th grade! It's all innocent and means nothing.
I don't think it should be up to the school to decide whether or not the students should be allowed to carry items with the Playboy logo on it just because of what it stands for though. It is just a bunny, the logo itself is not obscene.
On a side note, whether or not Playboy is degrading or damaging to women in any way is a completely other topic. I believe though, that if you compare a Playboy magazine with a Hussler magazine you will find that there is a huge difference.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Obi
I have to disagree pretty strongly with this. I definately associate the swastika with the holocaust, and many others do as well. I would be much more deeply disturbed by a child with a swastika on their pencil case than the playboy bunny symbol. One has come to represent hatred and violence, and the other sex. As with movies and everything else, I am much more comfortable with children being exposed to sex than to violence and hate.
I think what catsknowme meant is that in elementary school, before they knew the significance of the swastika, they thought the symbol itself was cool. He was comparing the swastika and the bunny because they are both symbols that are not in and of themselves offensive but do represent offensive ideas. I think.
post #20 of 26
Why on earth is someone manufacturing Playboy pencil cases for children? I have nothing against the sex, but I have a lot against the sexism it teaches kids.
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by eburgess
Playboy should NEVER be in schools. The schools are going the right thing. What was that horrible degrading magizine thinking!!!! They shuld be shut down!! It is obsene and damaging to women.

Can you tell I hate Playboy

i knew you would grab the soap box on this one!

personally i think if it's an adult then that's fine but lets have a think about whay a playboy bunny really means, i really don't think that's a good think to let kids have, plus, why do they need it in the first place? they know what it means, otherwise they wouldn't want one, everyone knows what the playboy symbol is all about.

i wouldn't want one, it reminds me of a wrinkly old man having his way with all those playmates which is exactly whay he does in the mansion, not to mention the party's where all his guests have orgy's with them free of charge...ewwww

no thanks.


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Soft core arousal perhaps.
you've never seen playboy TV then?
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by pandybear

you've never seen playboy TV then?
Yes, I have.
post #23 of 26
I don't think it belongs in schools. Sure its only a bunny, but the symbol stands for sexual promiscuity. Sticking up ones middle finger is only a symbol, but I don't think that symbol should be allowed in schools.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
Yes, I have.
You pair of pervs!

(just joking!!)
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
You pair of pervs!

(just joking!!)
post #26 of 26
I'm guessing you all don't watch that E! show "The Girls Next Door" then, right?
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