Australian water park accused of sexism following ban on 'cheeky' bikini bottoms

'Thanks for policing women’s bodies. Now where’s the men’s version?'

Sarah Young@sarah_j_young
Friday 11 October 2019 11:52
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A water park in Australia has been called sexist after implementing a ban on “cheeky” bikini bottoms.

Adventure World in Perth, which describes itself as a “family-friendly park,” posted an infographic to its Facebook page informing visitors that revealing bikini bottoms would no longer be allowed at the park.

The image shows two “appropriate” options that cover the entire backside, and two others – a G-string and high-cut swimsuit bottom – that are now banned.

The graphic also included a warning: “Don’t be too cheeky.”

Soon after the park posted the photo, it was inundated with responses.

Some social media users welcomed the rules, saying it was inappropriate for children to be lining up for rides behind people with almost-bare bottoms.

“I'm all for showing off a great body! But I was rather put off taking my children back when there were female butts everywhere!” one person wrote.

Another agreed, adding: “Couldn’t be more proud of a company for taking such a stand. During a visit to the park recently, with three young teens, I couldn’t believe the amount of ‘cheek’ I had to unwillingly view!”

However, others were unhappy with the new dress code, with many labelling it “sexist” and a form of “body shaming”.

“Thanks for policing women’s bodies Adventure World. Now where’s the men’s version?” one person commented.

Another agreed, adding: “This goes for men’s Speedo’s as well right? Cos don’t wanna see that [sic].”

A third person wrote: “And this is why sexism still exists,” one user wrote.

Following the backlash, Adventure World released a statement claiming that its rules were in line with other theme parks in Australia.

“Let’s not confuse the issue. This update is about dress standards and dress standards only. It is not gender-specific,” the statement said.

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“Adventure World is a family-friendly theme park. We keep informed of industry trends and whilst this was not a decision taken lightly, it is in line with other parks nationwide.”

The park’s official conditions of entry state that visitors are welcome to wear whatever swimwear they feel comfortable in, “providing it is suitable for a family environment”.

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