Sex Fifth Avenue, take two

Columnist Katha Pollitt won't be shopping at the Playboy-bunny-happy Manhattan department store anymore.

Published December 21, 2005 1:13AM (EST)

Saks Fifth Avenue in New York can kiss Katha Pollitt's business goodbye. After reading about the sorry spectacle of Playboy bunnies leading big-spending male shoppers around by their drooling tongues in pursuit of holiday gifts and T&A, the Nation writer sent this letter to the store's manager:

"I am writing to express my shock and outrage at Saks Fifth Avenues 'Shop with a Bunny' Day on December 7. To have these half-naked breast implantees taking men around to shop for their wives and other women is an insult to the women whose patronage has made your store prosperous and successful -- to say nothing of the women who work there and had to smile their way through this sexist spectacle, and the women who will be the recipients of Christmas gifts purchased not with love but with a frat-boy leer. I guess the joke will be on them. (Perhaps you are not aware that women are making fun of 'Shop with a Bunny' Day on the Internet. Check out the item at

"My mother and grandmother thought shopping at Saks was the height of elegance and style. I used to think that too. From now on I will take my shopping dollars to stores that respect the women who keep them in business.

"You have lost me as a customer forever.

"Sincerely yours, Katha Pollitt"

If this missive inspires you to send your own bye-bye-bunny letter to Saks, Pollitt helpfully includes the Manhattan store manager's name and the store's address here.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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