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 Many areas of the country have wacked out and often outdated laws concerning adult nightclubs.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.