The Los Angeles City Council recently passed (and the Mayor signed) an ordinance banning lap dancing in strip clubs. Also, dancers have to stay 10 feet away from patrons while performing, patrons may not directly tip dancers, and there can be no VIP rooms or partitions of any kind in public areas (except the bathroom).
The pols say this is necessary to prevent prostitution and cite instances of “annoyed neighbors” seeing people having sex on their front lawns. The dancers and club owners say the ordinance will kill their business and their livelihood. Apparently the big money is in “full contact” nude lap dances (openly advertised). One strip club even held a protest rally against the ordinance.
I saw some rather disreputable-looking signature gatherers at Cal State L.A., circulating a petition to overturn the ordinance. They freely said that they had been hired by a consortium of strip club owners, and I signed their petition – I don’t think anyone has a right to tell consenting adults what to do. However, I think they may have trouble getting the votes of all those “soccer moms.”
Some historical context: in the early to mid 90’s, there was no such thing as a lap dance in L.A. – that was a New York/Times Square phenomenon we sometimes heard about – maybe Florida too. There were only a handful of strip clubs in L.A., all entertainment was strictly visual, and touching was absolutely VERBOTEN, although tips could be tucked into a G-string (very carefully, to avoid actual touching). In the mid-90’s, lap dancing was introduced, and, judging by the ads in the back pages of the LA WEEKLY, there was an EXPLOSION in the number of strip clubs – I think I heard there are over 40 within city limits alone. In the late 90’s, topless and then fully nude lap dances were introduced, in only a few places at first, but now it is very common (although not universal). This was about the time strip clubs became “fashionable,” with more female customers and with some guys even bringing their dates with them. The business became overtly sexual, featuring visiting porn stars and even “girl-girl” shows. (And yes, I know all this partly from going to strip clubs myself and partly from zbone.com and other sites.) Very lucrative indeed.
I do remember, at the time of the big “explosion”, a dancer complaining that she was not making a living because she was not willing to do the new stuff. “If some girls do it, we all have to do it or we don’t make money.” I have to wonder how much the population of dancers changed in this period, not just because of the usual age attrition but because of personal limits, e.g. “the new girls are total whores.”
In any case, it seems that this new ordinance merely wants to roll back the social mores to the early 90’s, when there was indeed no touching and no VIP room. The dancers and club owners opposed to the change may lose a lot of money, but they have only been making all this money this way for the last five years or so. The main difference from 10 years ago is no g-string tips, and that’s about it.
So, here’s my question for you all: Is the City Council right? Does anybody ever actually have sex in a strip club? Or, perhaps, use a strip club as a “meeting ground” for going somewhere else to have sex immediately afterwards?
Some basic ground rules: even if you want to share an experience you had, it is probably better not to call attention to yourself that way. Instead, it might be better to talk about it in the third person, as if it happened to someone you know. Plus, that will cut down on any unnecessary explicitness. Also, very important! NO MENTIONING the names of specific clubs or dancers. Even if you don’t mind setting someone up for a bust, it is NOT appropriate to use this thread to swap info on “where to get some.” The mods would be all over us like that.
My own take: although I have heard some people brag about sexual experiences in a strip club, I think it is either very rare or a very well-kept secret.
So, there you have it. Is the City Council factually right in its assessment, or do they just plain have the wrong idea? Innocent adult entertainment, or hidden prostitution?