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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 14: Proposed Lap Dancing Club in Southend

on November 8, 2014

I live in Southend on Sea, Essex and I am a feminist. Recently it has been drawn to my attention that there has been a licensing application for a new pole dancing and striptease venue that would be just off our high street. If this goes ahead, this would be the third venue of this kind in our area. I don’t want this! Why? I hear you ask.

1. It normalizes women as sexual objects.

2. It will be very close to the high-street, as discreet as maybe it might be, young teenagers and possibly children will come across it and will want to know what this venue is.

3. It sets the wrong example for young girls. Already females are subjected daily by all kinds of media about the apparent importance of what they look like, and how sexualised they should be, instead of having successful female role models primarily promoted to them such as politicians, writers, etc, they have models, pop stars and reality TV stars thrust at them from every angle. Having a lap dancing club doesn’t help lessen this pressure.

4. There is already two such venues locally. Surely this space could be used for something more beneficial to the community?

I strongly believe in a better future for girls and women, where we are not treated as objects. If you’re not convinced we are, I strongly urge you to watch the documentary ‘Miss Representation’

I am joining the Essex Feminist Collective in writing to my local MP and councillors to object to this new strip club coming to Southend. For an excellent example of the letter you could write, check out the Essex Feminist Collective’s blog post

To find the details of your local MP, you can find the details on this website

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6 responses to “30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 14: Proposed Lap Dancing Club in Southend

  1. profreedan says:

    “instead of having successful female role models primarily promoted to them such as politicians, writers, etc, they have models, pop stars and reality TV stars thrust at them from every angle. Having a lap dancing club doesn’t help lessen this pressure.”

    Regardless of what you think about lap dancing clubs dividing women up in terms of what they choose as a career as acceptable and unacceptable and good or bad role models suggests some women are acceptable to be seen and or not.
    And being a pop star or a model is being successful if you have worked hard to where you are.

    • moonlightwrites says:

      I totally get your point, and realise I may not have specified what I meant enough. I don’t mean that those particular professions aren’t valid, just that there should be a mix of different role models that are promoted to young girls, so all the scientists/writers/mathematicians/politicians, just as much promoted as the professions I mentioned.

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  3. Sarah Arrow says:

    As a feminist I don’t object to women doing what they want, however few of these clubs, if any are owned by women. There’s no career path for women in this industry, or pensions or employee benefits. They seem to operate on the very edge of the law and what’s legal and that’s not something we should encourage as a society. If there are already 2 clubs why is a third needed?

    When my children see these places, I make sure it’s in full daylight so they can see how seedy and grotty they truly are. No woman with any self respect would consider this as a career option, and that’s also what makes them repulsive.

  4. Anne Jones says:

    As well as the MP, please write to licencing committee at SBC. The more objections that come via this route, the better. That way there can be a full licencing hearing. It is really vital to ensure that this shows the objections in the light of the material conditions, keeping children from harm, prevention of crime and disorder. Prevention of nuisance, public safety. The committee makes decisions on these criteria.

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