Yesterday some of the new members of the Country Witches Association met for a Sunday swim to raise money for the Women’s Resource Centre with a Bruns Boobs and Bubbles social event featuring a topless swim at Torakina Beach in Brunswick Heads.
The creative coupling of musician Áine Tyrrell and comedian Mandy Nolan grew out of an offhand remark that with all the fundraising they did they were like an aberrant version of the CWA except more like the Country Witches Association. It stuck.
The girls put on a show and a group of like-minded women have started gathering around them – ready for action. ‘We aren’t making fun of the actual CWA – we think they’re amazing – we just made a joke and it became a thing!’ says Mandy Nolan. ‘We intend to present shows, have conversations and gatherings by disruptive noisy women.’
Mandy says boobs out swim was a quiet feminist action celebrating the diversity of who we are. ‘The only boobs people see are photoshopped or been surgically augmented.
‘It’s important for women, particularly young women to see real breasts – they’re as unique as the women who own them!’
The Country Witches Associations present two shows with Gretel Killeen on 1 February at the Byron Brew House at the Byron Brewery and a Speak UP performance workshop on Sunday 2 February in giving voice to your rage.
Both events are on mandynolan.com.au.