A Glasgow nightclub, The Shimmy Club, has installed a two-way mirror which allows male revellers in private booths to spy on unsuspecting women as they visit the toilet. Though the venue has stated it has placed signs up, notifying customers of the feature we believe this to be irrelevant. People should be allowed to go to the bathroom without being watched. This courtesy is not being granted to users of the female toilets, unlike the male toilets
Many female club goers have been left feeling embarrassed, used and violated. Although they do briefly show the mirrors in a promo video, the club has allegedly been deleting comments and posts on their social media from club goers trying to alert others to the situation.
Not only is the presence of these mirrors in the women's bathroom a violation of the privacy and trust of the women utilising the venue on a night of recreation and fun, it is against Scottish law.
The very fact these mirrors were installed in bathrooms, let alone women's bathrooms, in the first place shows a shocking lack of respect for the right to privacy of an individual as well as a shocking attitude to women. This kind of practice encourages the objectification of women, the proliferation of sexual violence and leads away from sexual equality.
See sections 9(5) and 10(1)(b) of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009:
The club's own promotional video even shows the mirrors;
There are many of us -- as well as our friends, family, and loved ones -- who have been subjected to sexual harassment and/or sexual violence and discrimination on a daily basis. The presence of these mirrors only increases and propagates the attitudes that allow sexual violence and harassment to occur. We must put an end to practices such as these.
We, the undersigned request the following actions be taken.
Remove the two-way mirrors that provide a view from private booths into the women's bathrooms at your venue, The Shimmy Club located 25 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AJ.
It is demeaning, humiliating a violation of their right to privacy as well as being against Scottish Law.