A national debate ignited! Frame from 7 News TV piece (link at bottom).
Hosts from The Project – Australian prime-time news.
Ian Grace, a businessman, charity worker, and finalist in last year’s Local Hero of the Year awards.
The racks are full. Frame from 7 News TV piece.
6 February 24
Don’t know if this got any traction internationally, but this was everywhere on Australian national news sites, radio and TV on Monday after a Gold Coast charity boss asked the mayor to go into bat for banning g-string bikinis. Must have been a slow news day.
Anywho, here’s just two of those news pieces – from Network 10 and 7 News:
‘Lost for words’: The Project hosts divided over thong bikini debate
The Project panel was divided over calls for a thong bikini ban with one host saying they were “lost for words”.
The question of whether thong bikinis should be banned has sparked furious debate across Australia after one man called for them to be axed.
Ian Grace pleaded for Tom Tate, the Mayor of the Gold Coast, to prohibit the skimpy swimwear in a letter published by the Gold Coast Bulletin on Saturday.
His argument was that the revealing fashion trend makes him feel “uncomfortable” and claims women are “sending the wrong message”.
Mr Grace appeared on The Project on Monday and doubled down on his stance, arguing that if men wore a similar garment they would be accused of “absurd behaviour”.
It turns out that Mr Grace is not alone in his musings and host Steve Price said he did “tend to agree” with Mr Grace’s view.
“You tend to say in the letter that you feel uncomfortable when you see this. I tend to agree with that,” Price said.
“Particularly when you are getting down to the younger ages. How uncomfortable does it make you feel?”
Mr Grace said when he saw a woman in a thong he said it looked like a nice “view” but then it makes him feel “uncomfortable” if the same young woman is later “serving me a coffee”.
Sarah Harris asked why Mr Grace feel he needed he look.
“You can’t help it when you are walking down the street and you have a couple of young ladies with their bare bums in front of you,” he said.
“There is a difference between looking and ogling.”
Mr Grace went even further than he did in his letter and went as far to say that he took women who wore revealing clothes in business meetings less seriously than those who covered up.
“I have seen women at fairly high-level networking meetings that were very much exposing their breasts and you think, ‘Well, you’ve kind of lost a bit of business credibility straightaway’ because if you are needing to do that to get attention, I would rather talk to you about what you’ve got to offer in business or whatever it might be that we are there for,” he said.
Harris jumped in and said: “It sounds like you don’t respect women if you can see too much skin in business meetings? Is that what you are saying?”
“It’s not a case of respect, but sometimes being taking seriously,” he said.
Harris finished the interview with : “Thank you so much for your time, Ian. I’m lost for words.”
Some viewers reacting to the interview supported Mr Grace’s viewpoint.
One said: “Trust me ladies. It’s better to leave a bit of mystery for that special person in your life to discover. If you don’t have a romantic bone in your body, at least get a dinner before you get your gear off.”
Another added: “It’s just indecent!”
But others were quick to dismiss Mr Grace as a “dinosaur”.
“Sounds like you’re the problem dude,” one said.
HERE’S ANOTHER VIEW – FROM 7 NEWS
Gold Coast identity slammed over calls to ban G-string bikini bottoms
The popular businessman’s comments have been branded ‘unwarranted’ and ‘unwelcome’.
The G-string bikini bottom would be banned on the Gold Coast under a proposal by a community identity who claims “we don’t need” to see “these bare bums”.
But the fashion item appears to be here to stay after the idea was rejected, with one local designer telling 7NEWS.com.au the comments fly in the face of a woman’s right to choose what she wears.
Ian Grace, a businessman and finalist in last year’s Local Hero of the Year awards, said he has been concerned about the swimwear item “around for about 12 months, to be honest”, having attended “family events” where “young ladies, miles from the beach”, were “walking around with these bare bums with almost nothing at the front as well”.
“We don’t need it,” he said on Sydney radio on Monday.
“I believe the women themselves are demeaning and cheapening themselves.
“I think that’s wrong for young women.”
He said he was particularly concerned about children aged 11 to 17: “We want to make sure they have healthy relationships,” he said.
In comments to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Mayor Tom Tate said there was no consideration of such a ban.
Rebecca Pask, a Gold Coast businesswoman and founder of soon-to-be launched Barr Body & Swim, said the comments from a man “influential in the business world” are “unwelcome in a society of women who are constantly trying to make our own mark and be seen in whatever skin we want to be”.
“His comments are just so unwarranted in a time when women are fighting with everything we’ve got to have the ability to wear what we’re comfortable in, without any judgement,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.
“It’s just not reflective of where we’re going with our times and what we’re fighting so hard for.”
- AUTHOR: WARREN BARNSLEY
- SOURCE: 7 NEWS - ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE
VID FROM 7 NEWS TV – Gold Coast Afire With Debate!