Glasgow nightclub comes under fire for sexist flyers

Last week I received a message about the below flyer.

I found it utterly appalling for a variety of reasons: the objectification of women; the sex industry imagery used; the fact the top image especially resembles the kind of cards you find in phoneboxes (right down to the mobile phone number after the words ‘Booty call us’); the fact that ‘girls go free’ means that women are essentially the product rather than the customer; the terrible fonts… I could go on.

So we kicked up a huge fuss about it on Facebook, Twitter and through emailing them and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Advertising Standards Authority. They deleted our posts on Facebook (but were happy to leave awful homophobic posts up, just not criticism) and someone was blocked on Twitter (though we don’t know who did that).

I got a couple of weird emails about it, which to be honest encouraged me because they sounded scared. It was time to up the ante even further.

Under immense pressure, the next day they released a new flyer and a (half-hearted apology).

The new flyer is by no means perfect but it’s a hell of a lot better:

To see their apology and the press release, the email I sent and the full apology from the club, go to my blog.

Thanks to everyone who got involved in any way – thank you. Sometimes we win.

Here’s a feminist review of Booty Call

I really want to do more campaigns around nightclubs, particularly sexual harassment and assault in nightclubs, which is disgustingly common. Any thoughts?

In sisterhood, Kate

P.S. This is my first post for Village Aunties – excited!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. fleabite
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 14:12:48

    I’ve uploaded the original flier now, linked to in my blog, or directly at https://fleabite.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/booty-call-flier1.jpg Might be worth changing the image on this article to that one? Feel free to link to it directly in my blog or to copy it to here.

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  3. Kate Harris
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 14:14:05

    Thanks! Changed x

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  5. Hamstair Toilichte
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 22:29:41

    Good for you, Kate – excellent result! Whilst it’s been the case for decades that women have been let in free to many clubs to entice free-spending pissed-up males after hours, clubs need to realise that times and mores have changed significantly, as have the roles of young men and women. Not least because these days young women often have at least as much disposable income for overpriced watered-down drinks as men – arguably, traditional ‘hen nights’ (Thursdays, Fridays) should see young attractive men let in free to attract women. Which would be as bad from an objectification viewpoint I know, but then clubs, particularly the sleazier sorts, have always pushed themselves as pick-up joints so objectification is de rigeur.

    Just a few years ago, when ‘lad culture’ was at its zenith (or nadir, more like) your protest would likely have been rejected out of hand, so it’s an encouraging sign that club owners know that these days they have to watch their step. The revised poster is still a bit sexist, but it’s suggestive rather than openly pimping and is a distinct improvement.

    Nice first post to the Aunties. Which reminds me that it’s about time I broke my duck…

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