Aussie woman cops stern warning for breaching 'no nudity' ban in surf club change rooms
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A woman has been issued with a stern warning after taking her kit off in a ‘no nudity’ surf club change room.
Yes, apparently, ‘no nudity’ bathrooms exist.
ABC News reported that ocean swimmer Nada Pantle frequently uses the change rooms of the Terrigal Surf Lifesaving Club to shower just before she heads to work.
However, she recently received a warning from the club claiming that she had breached the ‘no nudity’ ban.
The letter outlines that the no nudity rule was made because of its 'Child Safe Policy'.
"The board has advised members that nudity is not acceptable as per the Child Safe Policy," the letter stated, as per the outlet.
"Should you continue to ignore the rules, you will be subject to disciplinary action, and/or … termination of your membership."
Terrigal Surf Lifesaving Club outlines that when changing in the bathroom, people must do so with a towel on, and when showering, bathers must be worn.
Pantle told ABC News she felt extremely ashamed upon receiving the warning, as she felt the club had implied that she had done something ‘sexual’.
"I almost feel like I've been body shamed,” she added.
She also told 7News that she was so ‘anxious’ she handed her resignation in.
Terrigal Surf Lifesaving Club spokesperson Julie Redfern defended the policy, insisting the ‘no nudity’ ban is in place so children feel safe in public spaces.
She said the club had received many complaints over the years about children being exposed to nude adults.
"I've even had my own son telling me more than 10 times how uncomfortable he feels,” she said.
However, Associate member Wendy Farley said the policy was confusing and felt it was impractical for swimmers when getting changed.
She added that the regulation also body shames women.
"I think that's a bad message for all women. To cover your nudity and be ashamed of it,” she told ABC.
The policy has also come under fire online.
One fiery Facebook user wrote: “Just like the marble statue of David, is this situation pornographic!!?? Would not several people changing in an open room be protection for children? Or is the naked adult human body never to be seen by children?”
While another said: “I’ve been changing in women’s change rooms at the swimming baths for more than fifty years. Small children are always included in these spaces. Showers are generally private. I have never felt uncomfortable.”