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FICTION – IT’S THE MEN VISITING THE LAP-DANCING CLUBS

WHO ARE BEING EXPLOITED!

Male consumers can be financially exploited, through hidden charges, inflated

drinks prices and payment for dances. The vast majority of this money goes to the

venues, not the women. Lap dancers are under pressure to make money and can

see customers as just a business transaction. Men visiting lap-dancing clubs are

the ones in control of the situation as they hold the power in terms of money. It is

the women who work there who are objectified and de-humanised, relying on the

customers’ payment for pseudo sexual activity.

FACT – Recent research has found that the customers in lap dancing clubs

spend an average of £200 per visit. (Westminster debate)

For me, I suppose, the question

is always, why would you want somebody

to take their clothes off for you when you know

that they don't really fancy you, when you

know it isn't what they really want to do?

(“Elena” quoted in Bell, R. (2008) ‘I’m seen as

an object, not a person’ in The Guardian)

Although some of the girls

– the really pretty ones who are wellstacked

– can make a fortune at times,

most of them struggle to make a proper wage.

(quote from a punter in Bindel, J.

(2004) ‘Profitable Exploits: Lap

Dancing in the UK’)

FICTION – LOTS OF MEN ARE STRIPPERS, WHAT ABOUT THEM?

The vast majority of people who are dancers in the sex industry are women. Men

who are strippers do not face the same levels of violence or social stigma and

attach a very different meaning to their experiences. The objectification of

women in this industry stems from and perpetuates inequality between men and

women in society. The reality is that we live in a society where violence against

women is rife and there is a high level of demand from men to buy and control

women’s bodies. There is simply not the same demand from women to buy

sexual services from men.

FACT – In 2007 ‘Tricky Dickys, the first men-only lap dancing club for women

opened in Birmingham. After less than a year the club closed. (Cullwick, E (2008)

‘Tricky Dicky’s Flops: lap dance club for women a failure’ in The Birmingham Mail)

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