A Melbourne bar has been forced to apologise after erecting a sexist “Peeping Tom” toilet sign in its venue.
The offensive sign depicts a man looking over a cubicle to a woman using the toilet.
Melbourne bar apologises
When a patron posted a photo of the sign on social media, the venue’s management quickly apologised on Twitter.
“We apologise it has caused so much outrage. It was never our intention.”
The sign appeared at the Father’s Office Bar in Lonsdale Street in the city.
One female visitor to the bar expressed her outrage over the sign, and the venue’s lack of insight into sexual harassment.
“I looked up and I was shocked,” she told The New Daily.
“It makes you feel disgusting to be in that place.”
The woman said management should not have put it up in the first place.
“Do they even think about the people who have experienced sexual harassment and how that makes them feel?
“I just don’t know how something like that can be up in this day and age. It’s just not funny.”
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Sign in ‘bad taste’
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from Sexual Harassment Claims described the sign as “not funny”.
“Someone obviously thought the sign clever and funny sign and suited an ‘uber-cool’ inner city bar,” he said.
“However, there is nothing funny about sexual harassment and nothing funny about peeping over cubicle walls.
“Posting signs like this sends the message that this sort of conduct is acceptable, when clearly, it is not.
“Women, and men, have the right to feel safe when they are using bathrooms in bars and nightclubs without the fear that some pervert is going to be spying on them.”
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