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OBJECT: Lap dancing laws are wrong!!


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Started by  on  June 19 2008

The human rights organisaation Object held a protest calling for improved licensing of lap dancing clubs as currently, they are licensed like cafes. It is only because of a legal loop hole that they are not licensed in the same way as peep shows - as 'Sex Encounter Establishments'. Should this be an issue? Or is it right to call for a change in law?



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added June 23 2008

I don’t really understand how you can object to objectification, how do you decide when someone is being objectified? Surely it’s subjective?

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added June 23 2008

What about men’s bodies being objectified in gay magazines and playgirl? And male strippers being perved over by women at hen nights? Or is it only women who shouldn’t be allowed to work as strippers and glamour models?

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added June 23 2008

I completely agree, it’s madness that these places can be licensed with no consideration of the local community’s wishes. I don’t want to have to explain to my daughter that some people have to sell their bodies to live as if there’s nothing wrong with that. Good luck object.

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added June 23 2008

Anything Object does is great work. I completely support their work. I wish we had more like them in the US.By the way, you can find James Wright's shirt at www.oneangrygirl.net

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added June 26 2008

As long as it is strictly dancing, I think that most of these girls are funding their way through college etc and more fool those who need to pay. I would prefer a beer in a lapdance club to one at O'neils full of angry, drunk, half naked London women who try and blag money from you any day!

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added June 30 2008

It is so easy to become desensitised to the images around us, constantly selling women's bodies. Luckily for me, I have a companion who makes those images very salient for me - my 9-year-old daughter, who points out an advertisement in our city centre and asks, "Why is the woman in that picture showing her bum to everyone?" Our daughters have the right to grow up without this constant bombardment, but current legislation means that lap dancing clubs are on the high street. It is time to change that legislation.

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added July 02 2008

STRONGLY AGREE. Going to a bar to be sexually stimulated in not going to have a coffee. It is all too easy to see women as belonging in this position of 'lap-dancer' but it is a long drawn out history of men writing/painting and determining the feminine as 'beauty', construct to suit their own nominated masculine characteristics as power and violence. Furthermore if we are to look at popular media today, it is they who are responsible for creating the image of feminine, rather exploiting an idealistic view of women. SO FULL SUPPORT TO OBJECT

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added July 14 2008

All 'beings', human or otherwise, should not be commoditisedA sexual experience is a sexual experience; therefore, if it must happen, let it be in a sexual encounter establishment.The industry is a soul destroying one. I feel an immense responsibility to fellow human beings to not allow them to undergo such harm. Several of my male acquaintances, complain that the dancers look 'bored'. Why? Perhaps because it is indeed soul destroying. Another comment from male acquaintances whom have been to lap dancing clubs, is that it is the girls who have the power, they are the ones in control and are being paid for their services. It is therefore men who are being exploited. So, why do it? A common complaint from several males, is that girls are only after them for their money. A self-fulfilling prophecy, perhaps?Is there room for promotion? Or, simply 'demotion', into prostitution and further. Establishments which advertise 'new girls each week'; surely this more than suggests human trafficking. It is irresponsible for any conscientious adult to support this industryIt can be argued that there is a demand for the industry; there is also a demand for drugs therefore drug dealers exist and drug barons - destroying the local economies and lives of thousands in developing countries. Is this also okay, because there is a demand? It would be irresponsible for me to buy drugs. We recycle, we give blood, and so forth... all in the name of human responsibility to society and our world.

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added July 14 2008

Lucrative industrustries that sell women as sex-objects to be consumed by men should be kept within proper bounds. It is clear that the peddlers of this exploitative industry do not have sensitivity towards local communities- judging by the number of people who have written to their local councils trying to oppose them.These places are by nature seedy - no matter how much glamour is used to try to disguise the fact. People should not have to accomodate seedy establishments like this, (which obviously provide the service of sex-ecounters not just dances)in their local communitites.Local communities should have a say! And I have a suggestion for the people that think there is nothing seedy about lap-dance clubs. Why don't you move to a red light district and raise your families there?

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added July 16 2008

I agree, in lap dancing clubs men buy womens bodies as if they're cattle or merchandise rather than human beings with real thoughts and feelings.Lap dancing is a sexual service and it should be lisenced accordingly.

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