New Degrees of Separation (from Reality)
“One of the biggest problems we face is that not enough people understand the business blueprint of our (lap dancing) clubs. Actually, our premises are not sexually stimulating. It would be contrary to our business plan if they were.” So reported Simon Warr, chairman of the Lap Dancing Association to the assembled MP’s of the Parliamentary Culture Committee. To say Parliament was being lied to about Weapons of Mass Destruction might be a greater stretch of the imagination than the above remarks.
When Philip Davies (Con) replied “You are saying that the purpose of a lap dancing club is not to be sexually stimulating?…”, Mr Warr responded “Then you need to go to a club, because the purpose of a club is to provide entertainment. It’s to provide alcohol, it’s a place of leisure. All right, the entertainment may be in the form of nude or semi-nude performers, but it’s not sexually stimulating.”
So here we have it: Lap Dancing is not Sexually Stimulating. I really don’t know what to say here, actually. The idea that a naked woman is not arousing to at least half the male population (gays and asexuals making up the smaller half) seems a bit, er, far fetched.
But I suppose these are the kind of lies you must tell yourself if you’re going to run one of these establishments. It might be a place of alcohol and fun, but a lot of that has to do with the desirability of the dancers on display. I suppose there’s always the arguments made to defend such clubs on the basis that it gives the women power, which I’m yet to be convinced of; after all, if they provide power, its no different to the power of a middle-level manager, who whilst able to command a small group of people is ultimately conforming to the wishes of a far greater array of power holders.
But then those who dehumanise the women of a lap dance club are themselves dehumanised in a way. Afterall, if absolute power corrupts absolutely, then absolute sexual power must corrupt both sexually and absolutely, and so I guess in a small way, these men (and note he’s the Chairman; when they pick his successor, women need not apply) are not simply losing their humanity, at which point any rationality is probably going to go askew.
I suppose that, if people still harbour ideas such as these, we can safely say that the work of the feminist movement, of who’s greatest battles many are commemorating the centenary, has yet to complete its work.