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Should topless climbing be banned? (With Soraya Abdel-Hadi and Carlos Casas)

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:

This UKC thread from 7 years ago:

The rules for a regular gym (PureGym):

An comparative non-climbing random thread about male toplessness:

Light documentary:

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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

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