Dear TNT Family,
Reacting to the sudden and unexpected news that the strip club I work in is cutting back its hours to weekends only, I vlogged a short rant about how the demise of strip clubs is hurting the sex industry.
You can view the clip here:
I uploaded the video to Facebook first. Within one hour, the rant had been viewed over 60 times by friends and colleagues and had several shares. One day and hundeds of views later, an interesting discussion has ensued examining what exactly is the cause of strip clubs closing in BC, Canada.
Among the culprits named were...
-the failing economy
-bad decision-making by club owners, managers, and/or agents
-lack of theme shows
-drinking and driving laws
-the dawn of the lap dance
-the dawn of the half show
-low pay and little incentive for entertainers
-lack of a rotating line-up
-government crackdown on “unacceptable activities” on stage leading to “tamer” shows
-greedy club owners
-a change in public attitudes about having drinks on your lunch break or schmoozing clients in the clubs
-prohibitionists pushing an “exploitation of women” agenda; shaming others into agreeing with them
One commenter even said “the industry is dead.” I disagreed citing some clubs that seem to be doing well still. However, some current dancers are expressing in private groups that it's not worth being in the industry anymore due to their falling incomes.
Here are some of the other comments I had that were (or still might be) challenged by others:
“I agree there are multiple reasons why we don't have a strip club in every municipality anymore but it really started in the 2-5 years leading up to the Olympics. VIP's continue to be a popular part of many but not all strip clubs. Theme shows don't happen because of the onset of half shows. If anything, half shows (which started around the same time as the short-lived free shows in BC) have had a negative effect on the shows. Dancers aren't earning enough, nor is there enough time on stage to pull off big themes anymore. I fully agree that theme shows would bring people in and it is sad that they got largely phased out because of the onset of half shows.”
“I don't think it is "wising up and becoming more respectable to women" to stop going to strip clubs. Many customers LEARN how to respect women from coming to our clubs. Most customers already are respectful to women in our clubs. The small minority [of customers] who look down on us do that because SOCIETY says we are the lowest of the low - loose women with loose morals. Stereotypes and bullshit.”
“I think the change in public behaviours is huge. No more bringing foreign clients to clubs for meetings. No more lunch hour beers for construction workers. It became politically incorrect to combine work and drink, as well as the anti's pushing their "exploitation of women" agenda that so many people fell for.”
“If we are going to bring back more theme shows, the dancers need to be up on stage for full shows and make a decent enough income to afford the costumes and supplies required to make it happen. Incentives!”
What do you think? Am I right? Am I completely out of it? Why do YOU think some strip clubs are closing or cutting back?
The answer to that question interests me so much, I created a survey to collect your responses. Please complete this very short, anonymous survey telling me your opinion on this subject. I will summarize the results in coming weeks on NakedTruth.ca.
Thanks for your insight and participation. Xo
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Annie Temple has 17 years experience as a striptease artist and over 15 years as a sex worker rights activist, but she's been a rebel all her life. In 2000, she founded NakedTruth.ca to support other entertainers by reducing isolation, educating about health and safety, sharing information about gigs, challenging stereotypes, teaching etiquette to customers, and organizing in-person events for charity and to promote ethical businesses in the industry. Annie is a mom of three, a lover of writing and dancing. Currently she continues to run NakedTruth.ca and recently she embarked on spreading her messages on YouTube as AnarchistStripper-Mom!