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A strip club in the wild nightlife city of Boise Idaho has found away around a city by-law that bans nudity unless it has “artistic merit”. Certain nights at the club are labeled “art night” and customers are charged around $8 for a sketch pad and pencil, thus allowing the dancers to go completely nude.

Is this what it has come to? Men having to fake an art class just to see some titties, drink some beer & have a good time. Many areas of the country have wacked out and often outdated laws concerning adult nightclubs. For instance, many places do not allow nudity at all and require the dancers to wear g-strings and pasties, while other places the girls can be naked but no alcohol can be served (juice bars). These laws vary from county to county, city to city. While I’m on the subject; what the fuck is the point of pasties? No no no, we gotta hide those nipples, men might go crazy and burn the town down!

It is time we change these draconian laws and stop hassling one segment of the business community. The adult nightclub industry employs millions of people in thousands of clubs across the continent and while some (bible-thumpers) may not agree with it, most do. Club owners are constantly battling uppity politicians over zoning, advertising and operating issues. Last time I checked, these businesses paid taxes into & employed people from their communities. Dancers & staff are also not immune to persecution, the latest being a typical government tax grab: licenses. Many municipalities are now requiring all dancers (and some bar staff) be licensed entertainers which means they have to submit to a police background check and pay a yearly fee (tax grab). Licensing has killed the freedom of travel for the dancers within the business because you’d have to buy a license for each area you’d want to work in which can become quite costly. The city of San Antonio Texas is trying to pass a law which requires the dancers to wear badges at all times proving they have paid their fees. Apparently it’s OK in Texas to carry a concealed weapon, but not OK to show off your cans.

Governments can give people in this industry a hard time because although people support the business, they certainly don’t rush to defend it. Strippers don’t have a union and aren’t likely to form considerable opposition. Some clubs & owners may have given the industry a seedy image in the eyes of people, but I assure you as someone who works in it, for the most part it includes good people just doing a job.

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  • Eric Olsen

    very energetic job Mike and I agree on some levels, but I also think cities have the right to zone “adult entertainment” away from say, churches, daycare centers and high schools and keep it in what amount to “redlight districts.” I never did get the nudity vs topless nonsense, though – a stripper is a fucking stripper.

  • Right on, Mike! Strip clubs serve their purpose. Variants of them have been a part of human history since the dawn of gathering places. I do agree that zoning must be taken into consideration but that does not give a municipality the right to hassle strippers, patrons and owners just for taking part in the business.

    I also don’t understand the topless vs. nude thing. I remember a time when strippers weren’t allowed to show nipples and had to place a “pastey” on. As you say it’s time for repeal of draconian laws.

  • Why not have the city license printed on a pastey, supply a “back-up copy,” and thus give value (a costume) for the license fee? That way the dancer is wearing them at all times as she performs. (Male dancers could simply, and carefully, pin theirs to their briefs…)

    As always, when you push blue laws to the extreme, their basic absurdity is revealed. We don’t need a ban on nudity or a requirement for licenses, the existing zoning restrictions are sufficient to move such traffic out of residential neighborhoods and school zones.

  • Eric,
    I to agree there should be specific zoning for clubs. However i don’t agree with limitations on how many, the market will decide that.

    Dr. Pat
    As aburd as it is i think you may be on to something with your “pasty license”.

  • skip

    As a citizen of Boise and an art major I can tell you that there are real honest to god artists going to these nights, and some very good work is being produced.

    Life drawing classes are offered to the public at the local college, but in the two years that I’ve attended the weekly classes very few people have been models, many of them refuse to model nude, and 90% of them are overweight or elderly. They are obviously not the kind of models that you want to or can learn basic anatomy from. Getting to draw super hot strippers for the same price as life drawing class, and having your supplies included in the fee is just awesome.

    And if people here are really bothered by the nudity ban, they can drive 20 minutes to Nyssa, Oregon, and visit a fully nude strip club. So far all the nipples in Nyssa hasn’t led to the total destruction of Boise.