Why the restriction on male strippers' .... "display?"

A couple of ladies here at the office were talking about male strippers and a bachelorette party. They mentioned that the guys can’t be flying the flag at full staff – if you know what I mean. Is this true? Can’t? Like legally can’t, or you ladies prefer them not to be? I mean wouldn’t you want to see a fellow at ‘his best?’

We guys like for female strippers to have their headlights on. In fact I’ve heard they tweak them prior to performance for this very reason. So why the gender difference?

I believe it crosses the line from “nudity” to “sexual arousal/sexual act.” I think many porn magazines are bound by the same restrictions.

What happens if there is an “accident”? 5 min timeout?

Nah, he just has to think about baseball. Or the Queen Mother naked on a cold day.

Think about baseball while dancing naked in front of 40 liquored up 20-something-year-olds chanting your name?


Part of OSHA regulations to prevent ocular injuries, I believe.

It can’t be a legal prohibition, since gay strippers can do virtually anything they want. My WAG is that it might have to do with the way straight women would respond to an aroused man they didn’t know, vs. the way gay men would.

You better run, because Bricker’s gonna be after you with a cigar cutter…

Much as I wish it were true that strippers in gay clubs could do “virtually anything they want” (and as much as I wish that the strippers at the gay clubs I go to were actually gay…but I digress) Wisconsin’s definition of nudity is I believe pretty standard:

and the law does not distinguish between gay genitals and straight ones. A few months ago a gay bar in Madison ran afoul of the liquor licensing authorities because three of the regular strippers rented out the bar for a private all-nude show. Even though it was private and adults-only it was still illegal (but under Madison’s rules as opposed to state law; Milwaukee has nude shows with AFAIK no hassle). The bar was given a warning and future scheduled shows were cancelled.

Now, realistically, male strippers fluff themselves up and slip on a cock ring before performing. I don’t know of any show patrons who would object to it, nor do I imagine that making a case against a stripper would be very easy should, say, a cop wander in and get an eyeful, so to speak. I’d like to be on the jury for that trial though.

As to why the restriction, my WAG is that it’s just part of the same puritanical impulse that led to restrictions on other forms of sex ans sexual display throughout the history of our great nation.

I asked my GF about this-she’s been to a couple of these events. According to her, the strippers never wore less than a bikini/G-string. She said they looked pretty big, though.

My usual cigar cutter penalty seems… er… inappropriate given the subjetc matter.

However, it’s worth gently pointing out, as Otto does, that it’s not true that strippers, either gay or straight, can do as they please, although the regulation of private bachelorette parties is less onerous by far than a strip club, be it a juice bar or a liquor-licensed place.

I’d hesitate to make any definitive statements without knowing the state.

  • Rick

This would obviously vary by location.

Most states have indecent exposure or lewd & lacivious display laws that would apply.

And it’s even more controlled by local city ordinances.

But it’s fairly hard to enforce these. The people in the clubs aren’t complaining – in fact, they’re usually encouraging the dancers to go further! And the moralistic types are generally unwilling to admit that they are present in such clubs.

City ordinances can certainly affect this. The City Council of our nearby city of St. Paul once passed an ordinance requiring that all such dancers have their nipples and genital region covered by “transparent coverings”. I think they meant translucent, not transparent, but I guess they weren’t smart enough to check a dictionary before passing this law. All the dancers in the city promptly complied, buying plastic wrap, etc. for their costumes. And since it takes more to repeal a law than pass it in the first place, this ordinance was in effect for a while.