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No Touching

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Via $pread Blog: A federal court in Ohio upholds the state’s “no-touch” rule in strip clubs. The law bans strip club employees from having any physical contact at all with customers, from a lap dance to a peck on the cheek to a handshake.

The law was passed on 2007. Unlike other measures restricting or regulating strip clubs—taxes on customer admission (which, however unfair, have the benefit, from a community’s viewpoint, of raising funds), or stipulations on hours of operation—I can see no conceivable pro-community, pro-safety or economic justification. I can see absolutely no justification other than people think lap dances are icky. The community can now can sleep a little more soundly at night, I guess, knowing that some middle-aged truck driver is decidedly not being grinded upon by a girl in pigtails and a pink vinyl bikini. Meanwhile, dancers—for many of whom a large majority of money is earned from lap dances—have to either see their incomes dramatically reduced, or find themselves suddenly criminals.

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Written by Elizabeth

July 1, 2009 at 10:00 am

Posted in Culture, Misc.

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  1. […] other proud/defiant sex workers (including Diablo Cody). I’ve written before in defense of strippers’ and strip clubs’ and porn stars‘ rights. I can’t stand the patronizing […]

  2. […] other proud/defiant sex workers (including Diablo Cody). I’ve written before in defense of strippers’ and strip clubs’ and porn stars‘ rights. I can’t stand the patronizing […]


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