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What are your thoughts on strip clubs?

What are your thoughts on strip clubs?
More specifically, what are your thoughts on the people that go to strip clubs?
Even more specifically, what about people that are in committed relationships that go to strip clubs?

Is it cheating? Before I give you my answer I'll push you to read Jackson Katz's book, The Macho Paradox. In the book Katz states that in a perfect world people could watch people strip and truly appreciate it as an art. He follows this by saying that the truth is quite the opposite. Often times people that watch others strip see it as something other than art. They see the stripper as a sexual object. A non-human object. The stripper is dehumanized and that makes it easy to do all sorts of vile and inhumane things. Neither Katz nor I say that most men are bad but my point is that some of us are very quick to dehumanize others for whatever reason.

Back to the initial question: I do think that strip clubs exploit their workers but only because the house makes a portion of the entertainers money. If strippers could run their own clubs or maybe even unionize I bet they could get more money, but I doubt that will ever happen.

As for the people that go to strip clubs, I don't care to speculate about the reasons that they go. I will say that I've been to at least 5 different clubs and it is sometimes an uncomfortable experience. It can and has been fun, speaking about times when I've gone with good friends, but I couldn't see myself going regularly. I'd rather go somewhere else and have a good conversation with someone.

If taken as a way to appreciate another's art than I don't see it as cheating. I object to the objectification and possible exploitation of another human being.

Find the Macho Paradox on Amazon.com:

The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and and How All Men Can Help

3 comments:

Raymond said...

it's been a little while since I've read the macho paradox; which page is that on?

I'll look over katz's comments again before responding.

--r

Anonymous said...

I doubt that most of the entertainers go into this line of work thinking they are art. I find that as an excuse to make your self feel better in going with your friends.

redahe+rarehero@gmail.com said...

Never said I went with my friends? ? ?

Maybe I took that Katz statement out of context. He was recalling a story about a man that quietly left a bachelor party where there were private strippers because he thought that the men would be disrespectful. The man in the story elected to covertly leave instead of voicing his concerns.

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