Playboy no longer features nude women, but it’s never going to be known for anything other than that. So what was it like to work there as a woman during the magazine’s heyday? According to Elle, pretty cool, actually.
The entire article on what it was like to be a woman staffer at Playboy is worth a read, but below are some choice quotes from former staffers.
Barbara Nellis, former editor:
Whatever hostility was directed at Hefner, bunny ears and tails and all of that stuff, had absolutely zero impact on working there.
Patty Lamberti, former editor:
The job was really intellectually satisfying. I worked with great people. I was shocked by how boring my jobs after that felt. And I kept going from job to job thinking there has to be another place that’s just as interesting.
“Jennifer,” former cartoon editor:
Playboy encouraged you to go back to school. In Chicago some of the low level secretaries when they started they didn’t have a college degree so Playboy paid for their degrees.