Walkabout Bikini Babe Competition 2006
Posted by charliegrrl on September 30, 2006
Walkabout bar are hosting a Bikini Babe competition, which is advertised in ZOO, sponsored by Front, WKD and, allegedly, Heat magazine. The competition involves parading around on a stage in a Front bikini in Walkabout bar, in order to win a holiday in Australia and a photo shoot with Front magazine.
They are holding regional competitions all over the UK…so I decided to check out the one in my local Walkabout…
At the beginning of the night, bar staff, and photographers kept approaching women to persuade them to take part in the Bikini competition because originally there were only two women willing to take part… Questions the presenter asked the model
“Shave or wax..?”
“Are you a virgin..?”
“Have you ever had sex with a woman..?”
“What size are your breasts..?”
“Spit or Swallow..?”
Nob Presenter: “Do you take it up the arse?”
Nob Presenter: “Oh…she’s a good girl…”
I stickered the toilets.
I was chuffed to hear a woman in the next toilet reading a sticker out loud and agreeing… “If Stripping is so Liberating, why aren’t Men doing it…?
Yeah, that’s why I’m not doing it, it’s not worth it…”
There were the usual hetero-sexist pigs leering and jeering at the women.
And I couldn’t resist…obviously too pre-occupied!
This guy was a complete nob. He kept constantly gesturing to the women behind me to get up on stage and take part. It was obvious that one woman he kept harassing felt uncomfortable and intimidated.
Overall, this was a painful and bemusing experience. It was clear that some of the women on stage felt awkward and embarassed. There were many women that night in Walkabout bar, but only eight of them took part, six of whom were persuaded. Lads Mags, in their coverage of such ‘babe’ competitions, make out that women are all for stripping near-naked in front of a crowd of jeering men. But this event indicated the opposite. They use such events as a means to promote their magazines to their intended audience, and gain free photos of women posing half-naked.
Being within such a sexist and laddish environment, in which women clearly are viewed as sex objects to leer at, was a stark reminder of how far we have to go to achieve equality.
Although I did manage to nick a Front bikini as a souvenir…which almost made it worth while…
Unfortunately, such competitions are becoming common and held in clubs and bars throughout the UK. If you would like information of ‘babe’ competitions in your area for possible action , then email me.