Abbie Chatfield says she is being ‘bombarded’ by angry Italian men after calling out a ‘sexist’ tradition in the country of having separate menus for women at restaurants.
The Australian reality star, 26, recently complained about her dining experience at a posh restaurant in Venice after she was handed a menu without the prices, while her boyfriend Konrad Bień-Stephen was given the full menu including prices.
Abbie’s complaint was soon reported in the Italian press, which she says resulted in her being trolled by men who insist the ‘ladies’ menu’ is just a harmless tradition.
Annoyed: Abbie Chatfield says she is being ‘bombarded’ by angry Italian men after calling out a ‘sexist’ tradition in the country of having separate menus for women at restaurants
‘It may be a tradition, but it is still rooted in patriarchy,’ Abbie said.
She explained she’d been eating out three times a day on holiday in Italy but only one restaurant had given her a ladies’ menu.
‘I’m allowed to say it’s sexist as the tradition is rooted in misogyny and patriarchy,’ she added, before confirming she had paid for the meal in question, not Konrad.
Furious rant: ‘It may be a tradition but it is still rooted in patriarchy. Also this is the only restaurant I have been to where that has happened,’ the 26-year-old said
Abbie said the idea that men pay at restaurants comes from a time when ‘women did not have bank accounts’ and were assumed to be ‘financially dependent’ on their husbands.
She said the food and service at the restaurant was ‘beautiful’, but the fact there were separate menus for men and women made her feel ‘uncomfortable’.
‘Even if he was paying… It’s the assumption I cannot or will not pay [that annoys me],’ she concluded.
Paying the bills: ‘I’m allowed to say it’s sexist as the tradition is rooted in misogyny,’ Abbie added, before confirming she had paid for the meal in question, not her boyfriend Konrad
Abbie revealed her ‘sexist’ dining experience on TikTok on Sunday, saying she found the menu ridiculous because she is the ‘breadwinner’ in her relationship.
‘So we’re at the boujee restaurant, and my menu didn’t have prices on it?’ she said in a viral video.
‘Konrad was like, “Yeah it’s expensive.” I was like, “How do you know that?” Obviously look where it is, obviously it’s expensive,’ she added, showing her luxurious surroundings.
‘[But] he got a menu with prices on it, and I didn’t. B***h, I’m the breadwinner! The f**k? Patriarchy strikes again.’
Not impressed: Abbie was left stunned by a ‘sexist’ dining experience in Venice, Italy, on Sunday, after she was handed a menu that was seemingly intended for women only. (Pictured with her partner Konrad Bień-Stephen at a wedding in Scotland over the weekend)
She captioned the video: ‘Only men get a menu with prices? PATRIACRHY.’
Abbie has already made a name for herself in the feminist sphere with her popular podcast It’s a Lot, where she has interviewed guests like Clementine Ford.
She also has the word ‘feminist’ tattooed on her arm, and has spoken several times on her radio show Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield about gender equality.
Sexist: Abbie noticed her menu didn’t have any prices, but the one given to her boyfriend had all the prices listed. The different menus implied only men should pay the bill at this particular restaurant, which Abbie found ridiculous because she is the ‘breadwinner’ in her relationship
It comes after Abbie lifted the lid on just how much someone can earn as an influencer – and it’s not always simply because of the number of followers they have.
‘I have been paid double what people who have 1-2 million followers have [been paid] for certain posts,’ Abbie, who has 390,000 Instagram followers, revealed on her radio show last month.
She went on to explain that what brands look for are ‘impressions’ rather than followers.
Furious: Abbie said on TikTok, ‘B***h, I’m the breadwinner. The f**k? Patriarchy strikes again’
‘Impressions for the week are how many times your [Instagram] account has been interacted with,’ she said, explaining that a view, a like and a comment on a post counted as three impressions.
Abbie, who recently dropped $1.45 million on two-bedroom Byron Bay cottage, has been dating her carpenter beau Konrad since November after he appeared on Brooke Blurton’s season of The Bachelorette.
The pair are currently happier than ever in an open relationship, and announced earlier this year that he has moved into her home.
It’s love! Abbie has been dating her carpenter beau Konrad since November last year, after he appeared on Brooke Blurton’s season of The Bachelorette