Spectrum Bar’s drinks stir the “winey bitches” into action

The owners of Spectrum Daiquiri Bar in Brisbane must have been living on Mars when they decided to name two of their drinks “The Winey Bitch” and “The Red-Headed Slut.”

If the drink names aren’t bad enough, Spectrum Bar suggests that you “shut her up” with one because they “go down well.”

On their Facebook page, Spectrum Bar commented “since opening in July we have never had a complaint about them [drink names] at the bar.”

Given the media furore surrounding misogynistic and sexist comments it’s hard to understand why a new daiquiri bar would choose the names and descriptions that have inflamed the social media riot that has been seen this weekend.

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Helen Amanatiadis, a commenter on the Destroy the Joint Facebook page said even though these descriptions are not meant to be taken seriously they “slowly infiltrate the subconscious…” and “reinforce existing misogynist attitudes.”

“‘Red-Headed Slut’ is a universal name of a shot that our drink is based off. While this name isn’t gender specific, we can appreciate its offensive to some” Spectrum Bar has said “Over the next few days, we will discuss all the feedback and work from there.”

“It’s so subtle, all the words used to describe women, that often they barely register consciously, or are thought to be just fun, but they remain subconsciously and influence attitudes and behaviour, not just of men but of women towards other women. And there can be no doubt that misogyny and alcohol make a very bad cocktail” Ms Amanatiadis said.

Spectrum Bar was unavailable for comment.

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  1. The very sad thing is that the younger generation, including females, have no idea how words such as these reach the subconscious and lead to even further lack of respect and denigration of women. Sadly over the years, women’s rights seem to have been further eroded. Sure there are a few more women in higher places in the work force, but the respect for women that boys were once taught, the door opening, the “gentleman-ship” has been lost. Women are now less safe to work the streets, to go out, to wear what they want. It is time women themselves put a stop to this. We need to stop allowing this sort of sub-culture and we need to bring our sons up with the respect that seems to have diminished in the last 20 years. I am very fearful for future generations if values continue to decline as they have been.

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