Letter from Roxcy Bolton to Thomas V. Zemsta of the Playboy Plaza Hotel, 1971

Letter from Roxcy Bolton to Thomas V. Zemsta of the Playboy Plaza Hotel, 1971

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1302 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
November 3, 1971
Mr. Thomas V. Zemsta
Playboy Plaza Hotel
Miami Beach, Florida
Dear Mr. Zemsta:
Your colossal gall is exceeded only by my tolerance, despite the stress upon my good nature.
In response to your letter of October 26, 1971, to make available your facilities for the meetings and conventions, it would seem that your common sense would tell you that a feminist, committed to equality for all women, would not be caught dead in that establishment of yours that exploits, degrades, uses and abuses the bodies of women. I can think of no place so objectionable, so oppressive to all womankind as yours.
How would you like to walk around with a wad of cotton on your rear end? If Rabbit Hefner ordered you and the other males (with the really good paying jobs) to wear ears and tails you'd be the most indignant males in town - yet you folks exploit the bodies of young (only) beautiful women.
Remove my name forthwith from your mailing list. It's obvious you're in need of the public patronage. Well, I'm going to make it my business to tell the public what you really do to women - a former female employee (known as a bunny) told me her full story of what its like to have a cottontail.
ROXCY BOLTON
RB:jm

Source

State Archives of Florida: Collection M94-1, Box 01, Folder 4

Description

Letter from Roxcy Bolton to Thomas V. Zemsta of the Playboy Plaza Hotel requesting that her name be removed from the hotel's mailing list.

Date

November 3, 1971

Creator

Bolton, Roxcy O'Neal, 1926-2017

Format

Letters (correspondence)

Coverage

Modern Florida (1950-1990)

General Note

In 1971, the Playboy Plaza Hotel sent out promotional materials to encourage organizations to hold meetings and conferences at their facilities. A copy of this material was sent to Florida feminist Roxcy Bolton who wrote back to Thomas V. Zemsta, the Playboy assistant director of sales, expressing her distaste and requesting to be removed from their mailing list.