In this episode, Francesca is joined by Soraya Abdel-Hadi from All The Elements, and Carlos Casas of Colour Up Bristol, to talk about a London climbing centre banning topless climbing. this conversation was inspired by an Instagram post by Scottish Climber Robbie Phillips. See the post yourself here:
We share our own thoughts on topless climbing/culture, toxic masculinaty in climbing gyms, whether the top-off ban is justified, and other possible solutions to make climbing centres more welcoming.
Find Soraya on Instagram @sorayaearth and visit All The Elements.
Find Carlos on Instagram @carloscasash and find our more about Colour Up Bristol.
Bouldering bros on being topless: https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php?topic=18890.0
This UKC thread from 7 years ago: https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/walls+training/topless_climbing_and_its_effect_on_friendliness_of_a_wall-627009?v=1
The rules for a regular gym (PureGym): https://www.puregym.com/gym-rules/
An comparative non-climbing random thread about male toplessness: https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/topic/1728-men-going-topless-in-public/
Light documentary: https://youtu.be/thtDQJGrO5s
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CREDITS for the episode:
Guests were Soraya Abdel-Hadi and Carlos Casas
Produced, hosted and edited by Francesca Turauskis
Artwork by Sophie Nolan
Music is Bassbeat by Alex Norton