Our society deplores racism, homophobia and all similar evils. This is why to me, the ongoing, un-argued, and totally accepted existence of strip clubs is utterly mad. Places in which women stand on tables, or stages and take of their clothes while men watch? I cannot believe no move has been made against these places, and that normal, rational people condone their existence.
After all, we claim to be a society that does not exploit women. Let’s take a look at history – from time immemorial, women have been exploited. Through disenfranchisement, subjugation, forced marriage, or by being objectified, or burnt at the stake for witchcraft – shall I go on? Being a women throughout history has never been conducive to a peaceful or prosperous life. Yet strip clubs persist.
What is a strip club other than an ‘entertainment’ version of misogyny and sexism? You can tell it is indeed sexism as these places are full of women wearing little to nothing, with ludicrously high, tacky heels. These decisions are made by men. This is what men want to see. This is the male fantasy. No strong woman in ‘control of her destiny’ would ever choose to appear like this in public. So let’s be honest here, strong, in control women do not work at strip clubs. End of story.
You hear these ludicrous tales, of strippers saying how they’re putting themselves through medical school by stripping, making it sound virtuous, empowering, in control. But think about it, if woman are having to strip to put themselves through varsity, and their male counterparts are not, surely this is indicative of an enormous social problem.
Is anyone seriously suggesting, that these sort of places could indeed be called charitable educational institutions that allow women access to higher education? Presumably the same higher education that men can receive without having to strip off their clothes, and by doing so their dignity?
Look at the past and how women have been objectified, then tell me it is alright to turn that objectivity into a form of light entertainment for men.
If you still think its ok, I want you to imagine a scenario, whereby a white man starts a cleaning company, or car wash, where the only employees are blacks, who are decked out like slaves in rags and manacles, and made to act subservient, and grovelling to the clientele. Given the history of slavery, and the past subjugation of women, is this scenario ANY more reasonable and any more acceptable?