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Crowds strip down to protest G-string ban

Crowds strip down to protest G-string ban
Crowds strip down to protest G-string ban

Crowds are bearing their bums on a Gold Coast beach to protest calls for a G-string bikini ban.

The #freethepeach walk kicked off at Kurrawa beachfront from 6am on Friday, with dozens of locals donning their skimpiest swimwear to advocate for the right to wear what they want at the beach.

The community is rallying against comments made by 2022 Gold Coast Volunteer of the Year and Youth Music Venture festival founder Ian Grace saying women and girls who wear G-strings to the beach are “cheapening themselves”.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NCA NewsWire Photos - 09 FEBRUARY, 2024: Gold Coast bikini business Barr Body Swims #freedomofpeach walk at Kurrawa beach this morning. Rebecca Pask (in orange) leads the protest. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Hampson
A “Free the Peach” rally took place on the Gold Coast on Friday morning. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Hampson
Freedom of peach event at Gold Coast. Picture Today
Barr Body Swim owner Rebecca Pask organised the Free the Peach protest on Friday. Picture: Today
Freedom of peach event at Gold Coast. Picture Today
It was created in response to a man’s calls for a G-string ban. Picture: Today

“I think the conversation is so much wider,” Barr Body Swim owner Rebecca Pask said during a live cross to Today.

“Children and our young girls in society, we do need to teach them what’s appropriate and what’s not but that starts in the home.

“A bikini blanket ban was never going to be the solution. Never. Not on the Gold Coast.”

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NCA NewsWire Photos - 09 FEBRUARY, 2024: Gold Coast bikini business Barr Body Swims #freedomofpeach walk at Kurrawa beach this morning. Rebecca Pask (in orange) leads the protest. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Hampson
Rebecca Pask, in orange, leads the protest. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Hampson

It’s understood radio presenter Bianca Dye and influencers Rhiannon O’Loughlin and Brooke Michelle Woods were all in attendance at the rally.

Mr Grace first made his concerns known in a letter to the city’s mayor Tom Tate, saying he has become distracted recently by women wearing triangle bikinis on the beach.

Freedom of peach event at Gold Coast. Picture Today
Crowds gathered at the protest on Friday. Picture: Instagram
Freedom of peach event at Gold Coast. Picture Instagram 2.JPG
The protest is demanding freedom of choice at the nation’s beaches. Picture: Instagram

“One young lady in particular was walking on the footpath on the main road and had the tiniest triangle in front and was as close to naked as anyone could be,” he wrote.

“You could see she was looking almost defiantly at people as they approached, almost daring them to say something. There’s something very wrong here.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NCA NewsWire Photos - 09 FEBRUARY, 2024: Gold Coast bikini business Barr Body Swims #freedomofpeach walk at Kurrawa beach this morning. Rebecca Pask (in orange) leads the protest. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Hampson
They are against banning g-string bikinis at beaches. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Hampson

“While any man would enjoy ‘the view’, I believe women are very much demeaning and cheapening themselves, portraying themselves as sex objects, then decrying it when men see them that way.”

Media personality Abbie Chatfield called out Mr Grace’s comments as sexist on social media on Wednesday.

“Imagine going on the Project to expose yourself as a misogynist,” she said in a video shared to her Instagram.