A man has sparked outrage after penning a letter pleading for skimpy bikinis to be banned from Aussie beaches because it makes him feel ‘uncomfortable’.
Community worker Ian Grace pleaded for Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate to ban skimpy G-string bikinis in a letter published in the Gold Coast Bulletin on Saturday.
Mr Grace, who is the founder and president of local charity Youth Music Venture, said the reason for his concern was ‘protection’.
‘I don’t believe that young teens want to be seen as sexy, it’s just the fashion right now,’ he wrote.
‘And I absolutely believe that the real issue here is the men who might be ogling the girls.’
The Gold Coast charity worker, who was a finalist in the 2023 Gold Coast Australian of the Year Local Hero category and was the 2022 Gold Coast Volunteer of the Year, admits the problem is unfair, but is still a problem.
Community worker Ian Grace pleaded for Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate to ban skimpy G-string bikini’s because they make him feel ‘uncomfortable’
The volunteer said ‘bare bums’ are just as erotic as bare breasts so they should be barred in the same way
Mr Grace detailed an incident that left him feeling ‘uncomfortable’ when he recently walked past a woman in a G-string.
‘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.
‘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.’
The volunteer said ‘bare bums’ are just as erotic as bare breasts so they should be barred in the same way.
‘If not banned at the beach, very definitely banned the moment they are off the beach,’ he wrote.
‘This certainly should not be allowed in public pools or theme/water parks which are very much more family orientated. Young kids don’t need to see women’s bums.’
Mr Grace said the flesh-flashing fashion was not just an issue at the beach. He said tight activewear and revealing blouses also made him ‘uncomfortable’.
G-strings have gained in popularity, with many calling Mr Grace as ‘sexist and outdated’ (pictured influencer Tammy Hembrow)
‘When you look at the ‘crevice filler’ outfits women wear, whether exercising or just out and about,’ he said.
‘When walking behind women with these skin-tight outfits, you can see every single movement of each buttock – a pleasant view, but is this not the wrong message?
‘I attend numerous business networking meetings, often coming across ladies who are pointedly ‘leading with their breasts’ so to speak, but they have immediately lost business credibility.’
Many social media users lashed out at Mr Grace claiming he was the ‘issue’ rather than the bikinis.
‘Wow 2024, and still being shamed for our bodies,’ one wrote.
‘Can we ask men to wear shirts too then?’ another said.
‘This is so blatantly sexist and outdated. This wasn’t the flex Ian thought it was,’ one said.
Many also thought the idea of banning G-string bikinis from the beach was ‘stupid’.
‘Can’t people just get on with their life’s (sic) without getting upset over the stupidest things?’ one wrote.
There were some other commentators who agreed with the charity worker’s stance, saying the skimpy outfits were ‘attention seeking’.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate told the Courier Mail he had no plans on banning the bikinis from the area’s famous beaches.
‘Ian is a brave man messing with women’s fashion,’ he said.
‘One thing I’ve learnt about fashion over the years is that if you try to ban something, or restrict it, that’s a certain recipe to see it double in popularity.’