A popular party at a Melbourne bar where bikini clad women get free entry and drinks, has been slammed by rape crisis councillors and alcohol experts as not only being unsafe, but also disgusting and demeaning towards the fairer sex.
Apart from entry and drinks, the bikini babes also walk out of the Christmas Bikini Party at Melbourne CBD bar Amber Lounge with 30 dollars worth of lip gloss.
And while some people might find the concept a lot of fun, the Australian Drug Foundation has written to Liquor Licensing Victoria to pull the plug on the party that is staged by promoter WTF productions.
The reason – the do not only reduces women to sexual objects, but also exposes them to the risk of extreme intoxication and sexual assault.
Sue Maclellan, Director of Liquor Licensing, said that though she could not pull the plug on the party only on the basis of its dress-code, she could do so if it failed to meet responsible serving of alcohol requirements.
"From the advertisement brought to my attention it would appear that alcohol may not be being served responsibly at this event. While I cannot regulate dress code, I can ensure that alcohol is served responsibly," the Herald Sun quoted her, as saying.
Geoff Munro, Australian Drug Foundation (ADA) spokesman, also urged an end to the do, for it made women “almost certainly” vulnerable to sexual assault.
"To drink excessively while wearing the equivalent of underwear exposes women to many risks, including almost certain sexual assault," Munro said.
"It is exploiting women by offering them as bait as it is inevitable many will become very drunk and vulnerable. This is extraordinarily irresponsible and we do not want this event to go ahead," he added.
Supporting the ADA’s bid is the Centre Against Sexual Assault, whose manager Helen Makregiorgos said that the threat of sexual assault on women in such places were a “serious community issue”.
"It encourages both excessive alcohol consumption and the reduction of women to sexual objects. We know that sexual assault perpetrated on women in the context of licensed venues is a serious community issue," she said.