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|Posted by: Charles Mar 30 2018, 08:43 AM|
| Exposed: the great bikini farce
Gemma Tognini | The West Australian
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:24AM
Tara West, Courtney Aylett, Megan Bagworth, Ange Coote, Natalie Whiteside, Jodie Wallis, Holly Child and Hannah Kitchin.Picture: Ross Swanborough
Sit down, relax and settle in for a story — let’s call it bikini-gate.
Don’t worry, it’s G-rated: no adult supervision required.
A couple of weekends ago, some women from the North Cottesloe Surf Club organised a car wash to raise money for the female boat crew.
The event was organised by the women and involved 11 women (all adults) and 14 men.
They washed cars and ran a sausage sizzle.
Before we go on, full disclosure. I’m a member of North Cott (not a very good one, having been to the club only once since joining) and I’m a member of the Surf Life Saving WA board.
Important context and transparency, but I’d write about this if it were the Kununurra Golf Club.
Or any other club.
Back to the car wash. So what, right? Exactly, save one, shocking word. Bikini.
They called it a bikini car wash. And that’s when the stupid got turned up to 11.
A prominent social media account (which I have decided not to name because the issue is bigger than one person) launched an attack of North Korean proportions against these women and the club, making false accusations of bullying and sexism among other things.
Vulnerable young women were being exploited, it claimed, pressured into taking part.
The story was picked up by a local newspaper, and then by TV news.
When Churchill said that a lie travels half way around the world before the truth has time to put its pants on, he proved himself a prophet.
Rather than allow the truth to be sacrificed on the altar of social media lunacy, let’s correct the record.
Were the women wearing bikinis? Yes.
Most wore club-issue, competition standard sports bathers, the same ones worn when pulling people like you and me from the surf.
Swimwear that’s fine for saving lives but apparently offensive when washing cars.
There were 14 blokes involved, some wearing club-issue budgie smugglers, some in boardies, also washing cars in return for money.
Nobody seemed to care about that, probably because in 2018 it’s only acceptable to slut-shame women.
Rather than (as it claimed to be) defending the cause of women, the social media account that started all of this identified specific women, shamed them and lied about them.
One straight from the modesty culture playbook.
In other countries, women are risking their lives just for the right to show their hair in public but here, snowflakes melt at the word bikini.
Ironic, given that when bikinis were introduced they were considered liberation.
For years we’ve told young girls they can be whatever they want to be, but apparently, they can’t be models, or grid girls, or grow up to be PhD students, educators, mechanical engineers or soldiers who organise a car wash to raise money for their local surf club.
Oh yeah, this is where it gets good.
Far from being vulnerable young women pimped out by nefarious men steeped in a patriarchal, sexist club culture, these independent, accomplished, bikini-clad women were aged between 23 and 46.
They included a mechanical engineer, a school educator, a physio who is undertaking her PhD and a medical doctor who also happened to be a Black Hawk helicopter pilot who served this country in the defence force for 22 years.
And some anonymous keyboard warrior has the hide to tell these women (or any woman, for that matter) what they can and can’t do?
Jodie, or should I say Major Dr Jodie, said this: “I’m the boat captain, the first female boat captain the club has ever had and this ‘bikini car wash’ was tongue-in-cheek.
“Everyone had a great day; the age and gender mix were varied. I’d have loved to have worn my bikini but being 40 and not as fit as I was, I didn’t.”
You could argue that social media is an ass and to a point I get that, but there are bigger issues at play. Social engineering. Truth v lies. Accountability.
If we let it, BS gets peddled unchallenged by people who spend their days lobbing grenades from behind computer screens, most likely still dressed in their underwear and eating cereal straight from the box.
Often these accounts are anonymous. Such courage.
There are many ways that traditional media outlets such as newspapers and television are held accountable.
In social media, it’s like Lord of the Flies meets the Hunger Games.
When was the last time you saw a public correction on your social media platform?
In this case, the person running the account in question didn’t bother to speak to the women it attacked under the guise of standing up for equality.
I did, though.
Megan, an educator, nailed it: “There’s so much hypocrisy and sexism when you compare the backlash we women received in holding a bikini car wash fundraiser versus the support the fireman’s calendar (rightly) receives. It really highlights the unfair judgment that women often place on other women.”
Her fellow boat crew member, physiotherapist and PhD student Tara, hit closer to home.
“I understand why in the current climate some people might have an issue with the name ‘bikini car wash’ but the person criticising? They claim to be an advocate for women,” Tara said.
“So, support women and the choices we make, instead of pulling us down. If this is what advocating for women is, I certainly don’t want anyone advocating for me.”
Once again Gemma Tognini has nailed it.
What sort of person would attack a Surf Club's fund raising efforts on the grounds of swimwear?
It's apparently OK for the men to wear budgie smugglers or (as Gemma points out) appear in fireman's calendars, yet the mere thought of a female wearing bikinis while fund raising brings about claims of sexism and exploitation.
|Posted by: Flin Mar 30 2018, 10:25 AM|
| There seems to be a whole tribe out there who delight in finding offence where none exist and if they can't find one they imagine one.
The silly kerfuffle concerning , cricket which has exceeded actual news-worthyness is a prime example but that doesn't discourage the tribe.
|Posted by: Alicia Mar 30 2018, 01:14 PM|
|Virtue signalling narcissists who are on the look out for something they can be offended about on behalf of those they consider too stupid to see the problem. It is also an opportunity to show how socially relevant their ideas are, all about the need to identify with those who are especially conscious of their standing in a group which is special and socially aware, unlike the common folk.|
|Posted by: charka Mar 30 2018, 02:17 PM|
|Offended on behalf of someone else yet put potential kiddy fiddlers in charge of school programs And cricket ,another joyce type distraction give me a break I DONT CARE ABOUT CRICKET|
|Posted by: scepo Mar 30 2018, 02:54 PM|
|Feminazis at work????|
|Posted by: Bear Mar 30 2018, 03:39 PM|
| Same as the grid girls, yet grid boys are ok
We must commit ourselves to diversity, which means we must not offend certain groups who 'may'' find our way of life offensive.
|Posted by: Bill Mar 31 2018, 03:07 PM|
| I'm outraged.
So sex sells - nothing new here. Have you noticed that most of the newsreaders and 'weather people' are now pretty young things who appear like they are doing 'work experience ?
In the industry, that's referred to as being 'one for the Dads'. Apparently, mainly males watch the news and they will switch channels to watch the cutest newsreader. If nothing else, men a predictable.
With one notable exception, I'm told that the 'weather guy on News24, in his fitted shirts is a bit of a hunk - (what do tyou reckon Alicia ? ). Daytime television is for the ladies apparently.
Off topic, ( most of this post is anyway), but have you seen the Ford ads. The young girl in those ads could sell me a poop sandwich.....and now the other manufacturers have tried to follow suit, and QLD viewers will have noticed that the RACQ ads also feature a young lady with the same effect. The RACQ lady looks nothing like the Ford lady but the voice is almost identical - sassy with stilted consonants.
Back to the OP. The lifesavers (boys and girls should be commended for trying to raise money for their cause. I'd get my car washed by a pretty girl in a bikini - anything to support the Lifesavers.
I'm still outraged though - those damned, what was it.....scrolls to scepos post......yep, those damned Feminazis.
|Posted by: Alicia Mar 31 2018, 03:21 PM|
|Sorry Bill, I don’t watch the SBS news, so I can’t give you an opinion on the hunk.🤔🤫|
|Posted by: scepo Mar 31 2018, 05:21 PM|
If what you say here is true Bill, it just shows what a sick progressive society we have.
Getting back to the topic, the Feminazis doing the complaining are showing nothing but hypocrisy as has been stated by most.
|Posted by: Bill Mar 31 2018, 05:46 PM|
NO ,no, no Alicia. It's ABC News24, and he only appears up until lunchtime. The ABC's wardrobe department must have spent a fortune on his fitted shirts. Some old dear actually knitted him a cardigan, that he wore for a while.
Getting back to the topic, the Feminazis doing the complaining are showing nothing but hypocrisy as has been stated by most. [i][/size]
[size=5]Yep scepo - and like I said - I'm outraged.
|Posted by: Alicia Mar 31 2018, 05:54 PM|
|Bill, I don’t warch the ABC 24 news either, I try to avoid watching news on TV. I like my paper and internet where I get to choose what I read, not have it inflicted upon me.🙈🤫|