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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 2nd, 2007 - 11:15 pm (Link)
I'll certainly grant that. But I'll also note (and this is just a guess) that your experience with strippers is probably limited. I'm sure there are plenty of people who have taken jobs stripping just because they consider it fun (i know some).

But I consider that an aside. The real issue is whether or not that's an argument against them existing. Let's say that all strippers are drugged out, incestuous rape victims who are one lapdance above full time prostitution to pay this weeks crack bill. Is that a fault of the strip club? Drugged out, incestuous rape victims with crack habits deserve gainful employment as well. And even if one could prove that the stripping industry attracts that type of person, that's not really an indictment of the clubs, its an argument against the kind of damage to a woman's psyche that is caused by being raped and on drugs. To put it another way, becoming a software engineer didn't make you smart. You became a software engineer because you are smart. (this is a straw man, by the way. I've certainly met smart strippers and programmers with crack problems)

Anyway, the problem here is that the very concept of exploitive is by its nature very subjective. You consider the clubs exploitive because you don't like dancing around naked in front of people. You consider prostitution exploitive because you don't like having sex with random strangers in dark alleys. On the other hand, I've had PLENTY of software jobs where I felt like I was being exploited and I'd much rather the client simply paid me to fuck them.

Sure, there's always gonna be clubs where there are girls working there who don't really want to be there. But there are tons of lawyers who are only lawyers because their parents forced them to be as well. Conversely, there are rock and roll musicians who are only doing it because they want to rebel against the way they were brought up, and ministers who are attempting to atone for the sins of their past as well. I don't consider any of this an argument against strip clubs though. Its more just an argument that there are certain causes and effects of life and upbringing.

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