Economics: Explain what Steinem meant by exploitation. Do you agree, Why or why not? ​

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Early in her journalistic career, Gloria Steinem posed as a Playboy Bunny to examine the inside of a Playboy Club. Steinem discovered that the Bunnies had to purchase their costumes form the club, pay for the cleaning, purchase their food from the club, and so on. This company store exploited the employees (the Bunnies), according to Steinem. Explain what Steinem meant by exploitation. Do you agree? Why or why not? 

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Steinem concluded that it is unacceptable to pay for the means required to do your work.

She arrived at that conclusion because she viewed modeling as a bunny as a conventional work. By exploitation she meant that this particular policy fell outside the frame of what it is considered as a good work ethics.  Playboy wasn’t the only company to apply such methods. As any other company the primary goal and most of time only goal is to produce profits. And you can do that my reducing the maintained cost of your company’s activities. But how can a company such as Playboy can make its employs pay for their own? By applying a “you are not a worker, you are a freelance building your future “policy. To make this short, it is glamorous to be a bunny and opens doors and future prospects so this is your ultimate pay. And the company wasn’t wrong on this. So can you blame a company on capitalizing on that? My opinion is you cannot. It is a fair exchange and mutual benefit on both parties.  

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