Show us yer tits

Some enterprising young entrepreneurs in Singapore have come up with a new spin on ladies night. Get free drinks depending on your bra size. Just pony up to the Boobie Booth and flaunt your stuff.

 

Bella says:

Oh boy… where do we start?

This is not unlike Jon Lajoie’s fantastic rap piece “Show me your genitals”.

If you are unfamiliar with this classic piece of viral video, it’s time to educate yourself:


There are women who might think this is all in good fun. But if you are left with a sinking feeling after getting your free drink it is because you just agreed to be valued on the basis of your breasts. You have let a room of men objectify you and in exchange you have gained free alcohol.

Ladies if you are going to sell yourselves then at least have enough self-respect to demand a higher price.

Paying a woman for a gawk or fondle of her [breasts | butt | vagina] is prostitution. You don’t think so? It’s just a question of degree.

John: Would you sleep with me if I gave you a million dollars?

Jane: Yes.

John: OK would you sleep with me if I gave you $100 dollars?

Jane: No! I’m not that kind of woman.

John: We’ve already established what kind of woman you are. Now we’re just haggling over price.

There is nothing morally wrong with prostitution but it comes at a very high price for the prostitute, no matter what she charges.

So be perfectly clear: there are no free lunches and there are no free drinks. And there certainly is nothing “free” about letting a group of men wolf whistle over the size of your ta-tas.

It does bug the shit out of me that women will sell themselves so cheaply. Because when they do, there will be a room full of men who will think women are OK with being valued on the basis of sex alone.

So in that sense these “sisters” are doing us all a disservice. One of those guys might be your boss, your colleague, your classmate… How will it affect the way these men see you?

Am I saying she should not have the choice to sell herself for booze? Not at all. At the end of the day it’s her right to choose. But please bear in mind you’ve sold us all short.

 

T2 says:

“Overeasy bar and diner is a refreshing and vibrant modern bar concept that blurs the line between dining and drinking while paying tasteful homage to the much-loved American diner.”

TASTEFUL!?

Is it me, or am I getting mixed messages here? I’m relatively easy to fool but I’m pretty sure the image Overeasy is marketing with the above sentence does not quite gel with the image of women using their tits as trade-off for free booze.

Seriously. You guys have a pretty decent website. Did you blow all your braincells on it, leaving none for more intelligent marketing ploys? There’s nothing “refreshing” or “vibrant” about an establishment that sells itself using the same cheap methodology as every other product on the market. Selling cars? Boobs. Selling cologne? Boobs. Selling drink? Boobs.

What’s the difference between your enterprise and some cheap brand of beer that plops semi-nude women on its ads?

If you need to get me there with boobs, your bar must really suck.

I like Bella’s reference to prostitution. It works all ways: Establishment prostitutes itself to the general stupidity of the populace in order to get customers. Men prostitute their dignity to the establishment by for the purpose of a gawk. Women prostitute themselves to the male gaze for the purpose of free alcohol.

End Result: Men get a view, women get a drink, establishment makes a profit and everyone is this equation is cheap.

Sound tasteful to you?

Epic, epic fail.

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11 Responses to Show us yer tits

  1. Tania De Rozario says:

    Hi Bella & T2.

    This is appalling.

    May I know where you got this ad? Is it an e-flyer? And do you have any idea how the hell Overeasy plans on ascertaining women’s bra sizes?

  2. Right off their site sweetheart. http://www.overeasy.com.sg

    Click upcoming events and you get to this link:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=app_2344061033&gid=37642027263

     
    “Judges’ decisions are final”

    I suppose that means a close inspection by a panel of discerning gentlemen.

    There is no mention of measuring equipment nor whether the bosom must be exposed or not. Seems it would be fair to simply provide your brassier for inspection instead of your actual breasts. Then you can just check the label. To demand more seems to incite an outrage of modesty. Would that be a crime?

  3. Tania De Rozario says:

    I just called Overeasy and the guy who answered the phone told me that women who want to redeem free drinks will have to fit themselves (i.e. their breasts) into a mould, clothed, and the judges will decide whether they qualify for whatever amount.

    Amazing. Women trying to fit a mould. Literally. Perhaps this is performance art and Overeasy is making social commentary. *rolls eyes*

  4. MichaelaT says:

    I’m speechless. For now. Till the rant comes.

    I have this ache in the pit of my stomach that is making me feel sick. And not just because an event like this could be allowed to take place but more so because not enough people are appalled by it.

    First of all, nods to the blog and to all the comments here.

    If you haven’t been to Overeasy, it’s not that big a venue. There is a decently sized alfresco area by the “river” though, which is illuminated by the glowing lights of the IR construction, but going by the Facebook event page, if there are 250-300 confirmed guests there, it really will constitute quite a crowd. I actually used to like Overeasy. It’s quiet on week nights and the music’s good. They get real busy on Wednesdays and the weekends though, especially from the spillover from Butter Factory, which is upstairs.

    I’m saying all this because I feel compelled to find a reason for a party named “Fill My Cups”, unabashedly targeted at objectifying women. Are they out of braincells as Tania De Rozario suggested? Or are they running short of marketing ploys? Or are they trying to increase their clientele? Because really, they don’t need to. Overeasy is doing well, I’m pretty sure of it.

    So did they just throw this party because they could?? They must’ve been confident that people would show up; desperate gawky guys who thought they might be able to catch a bit of “action” AND women who either thought they could receive some “action” and attention and went there knowingly, or other women who didn’t even put any thought into it at all and just assumed it might be “fun” to get some free drinks.

    Every inch of this thing makes me nauseous.

    If the L* and B***** management (who runs these clubs) throws a “Fill My Shaft” party and gets guys to put their penises into moulds for free drinks, then I could just pass them off as a tasteless club. But I highly doubt that will ever happen. The committee that sat down and came up with this and designed the flyer should be shot. However, like I said before, whoever shat out this idea was certain she/he would get a crowd. They were certain they could pack the place with this obscenity. And unfortunately, a massacre of 300 people never looks good on the person who did it, no matter what her/his reasons are.

    Ps. Jon Lajoie’s “Show me your genitals” has to be a spoof. Right???? About men who actually do believe the things he’s spewing. Right????????? Please say yes.

  5. Doggy says:

    Yes JL was taking the piss out of rap music.

  6. Fiona says:

    And people say that feminism is no longer needed in a culturally advanced place like Singapore. Just because sexism is a lot more insidious doesn’t mean it’s not there. :/

    In before some random person decides to come by and say that it’s sexual empowerment, that women can decide where and when they want to show their bodies in whatever context they like: yes, it’s their body. Yes, it’s their life. But this entire thing is reducing women to the size of their breasts. Does anyone actually associate a woman who objectifies her body with a actual living person? Even models aren’t real people after they step in front of a camera.

    tl;dr, Overeasy is cheapening its image, and I can’t help but think that this is a case study in mindless, tasteless ‘entertainment’.

  7. Anthea says:

    Okay, I’ve never heard of this Overeasy place but I googled it anyway, just to see what it was like.

    It’s disgusting how the website’s “mascot” is a man suffering from an alcohol-related amnesia– what kind of place would advocate drinking till the (ab)user is out cold and left with no memory whatsoever about the events that occurred after he had too much to drink? There’s a campaign promoting “moderate drinking”, GetYourSexyBack.sg for a reason.

    Fail #1. It’s not cool, trendy or hip to lack self-respect and poison your own body.

    Moving along…
    “Fill My Cups” is a terribly stupid name for an event. Could Overeasy be open to changing this event, or even their entire company to “Fill My Brains”? Because it’s clear that they lack grey matter in their noggins.

    The existence of such an event clearly shows that a patriarchal society is still prevalent. I hope no women would EVER allow themselves to be exploited as objects and used for entertainment by attempting to fit their breasts into various molds for something as worthless as drinks (can you imagine how many guys would get off the sight of a bunch of women trying to fit themselves into molds of different bra sizes??).

    Fuck all of your fascist standards of what beauty should be. Please stop making other women feel that what they look like and what they are physically endowed with is more important than who they are on the inside.

    Overeasy, you bunch of respect-lacking, morally-insufficient pigs, hurry up and close down?! 🙂

  8. 4stddeviation says:

    Some links for you

    1. Stupid Girl who went: http://bit.ly/5bnJ0E

    2. TNP preview: http://bit.ly/8Fnfgz

    3. TNP report: http://bit.ly/7o78E8

    4. Digg comments: http://bit.ly/7HdPDV

  9. Maxine says:

    So they draw the crowds, proving that, after all, people are stupid and bend easily to societal and cultural moulding. Ugh. Where to start. Oh I know! How about they let us women objectify men for a change? Can we have a “Fill my Shaft” night (as MichaelaT said) as well, please, please?

    This utterly disgusts me – I used to think that OverEasy was a decent place, but I guess not. These are *patrons* they are demeaning, for chrissake. This is lesson 101 on how to ruin your public image if you had wanted to be percieved as a better run of bar/club/establishment than those that line Geylang.

  10. There is an interesting write up over at Stomp with a great quote

    “As a woman, I would feel ashamed to go there and reveal my cup size, just for a free drink.

    “Why is it whenever somebody comes up with a sexy idea for a publicity stunt, it’s always women who become the bait?

    “It makes us women look so cheap, revealing our private assets for the pleasure of lusty men, just to get free drinks.”

    http://bit.ly/6OTJmC

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