Sunday, May 19, 2013
A Big Thank You to Object
You know this has to be the first time but here I have to raise a big, BIG thank you to Object as I had missed a piece in the Evening Standard here that emphasises some key issues and points towards what a ban could mean to the striptease industry. This was reported back in April but I hadn't got a google alert and I only check Object every 3 or 4 weeks.
The article is about crime in the City of London around pubs and clubs, it talks about violence and drugs and the issues that occured at Charlie's Bar. Obviously the violence and drugs are separate issues to the lap dancing but nothing like a bit of sex and drugs and rock n roll as a story.
So why did I thank Object? Well the City of London Corporation has no suitable locations for striptease so to meet demand an underground event was taking place. Because it was underground you run the risk of who would be running it. So take away controls and protection by driving striptease underground and you run all sorts of risks. This is the risk of blanket bans, there will be a demand and rather than helping or protecting dancers these could put dancers at risk.
So blanket ban produces events without control, yet Object see this story as a positive rather than realising they have highlighted that rather than closing venues well run clubs would minimise the risk of events being driven underground with all the associated risks. Charlie's Bar used to be licensed and there wasn't any issues as such. Yet no clubs and straight away there is an underground demand even though Hackney and Tower Hamlets are a cab ride away. However people are lazy and if something is on their doorstep of course they would attend.
Well here I am after writing about how I support regulations with the perfect example of why and why clubs should not be banned. And there I was think of watching catch up tv on a Sunday morning, instead I get inspired by Object to put finger to keyboard. There will always be demand, lets be sure that the dancers and customers are protected and remember banning doesn't stop striptease it just drives it underground.