Glasgow club night deletes criticism and sees women as objects
Seriously, the above flyer is appalling.
Here is our press release:
Glasgow equality activists angry over club night flyers
A club night at ‘The Garage’ on Sauchiehall Street called ‘Booty Call’ has come under fire after a group of feminists have pointed out that its flyers resemble phone box cards that advertise sex work.
The flyers feature a picture of a naked woman with the text ‘Come see me this Friday’, and ‘Booty call us’ with a mobile phone number.
The night offers free entry to ‘girls’ before midnight, which contravenes sex discrimination laws.
Activists have criticised the sex-industry imagery, sex discrimination in entry prices and objectification of women in the promotion of the club night, which some have said promotes rape culture.
There have been many posts on The Garage’s Facebook wall, from Kate Harris, Callum Leslie and many others. The Garage has been consistently deleting these posts and has made little effort to engage in dialogue with the protesters.
Campaigners have asked The Garage to rethink the theme and promotion of the event.
My email to Garage Glasgow
This is the email I sent to one of Garage Glasgow’s managers – email@example.com
I’m writing to you specifically about the promotion and advertising of Garage Glasgow’s ‘Booty Call’ – not the name.
The image, font and text on the flyer is deliberately designed to mimic the sort of cards that advertise sex work and sex lines.
Here are the problems that I have with the event:
- The image of the naked woman is objectifying.
- The text ‘Come see me this Friday’ implies that women are sex objects, there for the taking. It mimics sex industry aesthetic and language.
- ‘Booty Call us’ followed by a mobile phone number again is copying sex industry standards when this is supposed to be a mainstream club night: this normalises what we see as rape culture and the buying and selling of women.
- ‘Girls Go Free B4 12’ is sex discrimination which contravenes the law. If women get in free, so should men, as women are not an attraction to lure men into clubs. We are people, not objects.
After this, the admins of the Facebook page posted a message. Under this message there were more than 300 comments. At first, only negative comments were deleted. Now, it seems everything relating to our concerns has been deleted.
It seems that Garage are not willing to respond to our concerns.
We were not asking for much. All we wanted is for the promotion of the event to change. Not even a name change. Just a new flyer. That was all.
As a result of the way Garage has responded, though, we will be calling for a boycott of Garage and its sister venues, as well as taking this story to our press contacts.
We urge you to change the promotion of ‘Booty Call’ and apologise to everyone who has complained.
Best wishes, Kate Harris
Some things you can do:
- Tweet your complaints with the hashtag #smashbootycall and link to this blog on your Facebook so all your friends can see it.
- Use this email as a template, or write your own, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Email the press release to any contacts you have at newspapers, website, TV or radio stations.
- Email email@example.com and complain about the sex discrimination in only letting women in free before midnight.
Below is the new flyer. While it’s an improvement, it still objectifies women and somewhat resembles a phone sex call.
From their website it would appear that they’re still doing the ‘Girls Go Free B4 12′ thing.
Come on, Garage, address our concerns properly and stop being offensive and promoting sexism.
UPDATE (2): Statement from The Garage
We‘d like to take this opportunity to apologise for any offence that the Booty Call Flyer has caused. As previously stated online the Garage is a fun student nightclub and often errs on the side of tongue in cheek with our promotions. When the Booty Call flyer was designed it was with this in mind, we certainly did not mean to cause such offense. The flyer has been in circulation since November last year, the complaints made online last night were the first that we experienced.
We listened to all of the complaints made and following a management meeting first thing this morning decided to immediately remove the current imagery from circulation. We certainly are not in the business of objectifying women and feel shocked that this simple flyer has been taken in that context.
We have removed the Facebook threads from public view due to the posting of offensive content. While we are all for freedom of speech we do not want people calling each other names on our public forum.
We take the safety and security of our customers very seriously and regularly work in conjunction with Strathclyde Police and Glasgow City Centre Safety to ensure our procedures and security staff are of the highest standard. We have been an active participant in the Best Bar None awards since they began and this year received a prestigious gold award. If you are not familiar with this scheme here is a short summary from their website http://www.bbnscotland.co.uk/about.aspx
The Best Bar None Awards Scheme, which is sponsored by Diageo, is an integral part of the Safer Areas Initiatives within Scotland.
The scheme focuses on safety and customer care, and gives each licensed venue the opportunity to prove it meets a standard of operation set in consultation with the government and alcohol industry at a national level. It rewards safe and well-managed licensed venues with the issue of a display plaque which can be used to promote the venue. The overall aim of the initiative is for partner agencies to work together with licensed premises to create a safer and more welcoming city and town centre environments.
We are shocked and appalled to be accused of promoting any degradation towards women. We’ve been running clubs in Glasgow for over 21 years and consider the safety and security of our customers to be our top priority.