Would you shop at the Playboy store?
This week in her regular weekly column, Flaming Nora wonders if the world's out of sync or if it's just her.
The lovely Zara blogged a while ago complaining about stationery with the Playboy brand on it being available in WHSmith and on sale to kids. I hate it too and I've just discovered today there's a Playboy shop opening on London's Oxford Street soon. Hardly a mecca for discerning shoppers, Oxford Street's more dingy end contains the type of shop that displays most of their goods outside the shop on security hangers to 'entice' people inside. This is the low budget, rip off, dirty end of Oxford Street and it's here where I've just passed an Opening Soon - Playboy Shop sign.
Who will shop there? Will you, reading this? In fact, I'm feeling really angry that the brand has been allowed on to the high streets in the first place with the pencil cases and fluffy bunny stationery that seem to have been a soaraway success. Surely Playboy's legacy, if indeed it has one, is leering and lecherousness - not liberation - and that shouldn't be wrapped up and sold on the streets as a product to be admired and bought into. It's wrong. [Flaming Nora]