The chance that at some point you or a mate have had a bit of a drunken tiff with a bouncer on a night out is relatively high. However, the chances that this encounter occurred with a female bouncer is not. Even in 2018, the sight of a female bouncer remains largely uncommon – the image of a large, angry, balding man (in lots of layers) refusing you entry to the club seems to resonate a lot more with the Edinburgh student.
However, if you decide to attend the self-advertised “iconic club night”, the Big Cheese, EUSA’s firm equal opportunities policy ensures the likelihood of seeing a female bouncer is on the rise. I spoke to Katie, who recently joined as part of a team of bouncers for the Big Cheese, about her experience of being a female bouncer.
How have you found being a bouncer so far?
To be honest, it’s been pretty enjoyable. The security team is good fun and I think I’ve settled into the role fairly well.
How do you think your experience differs from that of your male colleagues?
Hard to say… Either because I’m new to the role, or because of a generally less instilled fear of female bouncers, the way customers approach me appears less confrontational in comparison to my male colleagues. It’s thought that having a female bouncer when testosterone levels are running high can serve to de-escalate a situation. However, along with less fear sometimes comes with less respect, even if it’s unintentional, so I’ve definitely noticed that although people are a lot less bolshy with me than the male bouncers, they’re also clearly less intimidated by me, which can be annoying when trying to deal with a particularly rowdy crowd.