While activists in Britain battle on in an attempt to regulate lapdance clubs – the number of which has been growing at an alarming rate during the last decade – Iceland has passed a law that will result in every strip club in the country being shut down. And forget hiring a topless waitress in an attempt to get around the bar: the law, which was passed with no votes against and only two abstentions, will make it illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees.
Even more impressive: the Nordic state is the first country in the world to ban stripping and lapdancing for feminist, rather than religious, reasons. Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir, the politician who first proposed the ban, firmly told the national press on Wednesday: "It is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold." When I asked her if she thinks Iceland has become the greatest feminist country in the world, she replied: "It is certainly up there. Mainly as a result of the feminist groups putting pressure on parliamentarians. These women work 24 hours a day, seven days a week with their campaigns and it eventually filters down to all of society."
First they came for the lapdancers….
Not that I hold much fondness for strip clubs: they strike me as a shitty return on a bloke’s investment. Pick your poison as you please, my fellow Y-chromosomites, but the prospect of paying some anonymous female to wave her contemptuous cunt, her sneering snatch, in my face sounds like an acute case of self-degradation.
If anyone gets ‘exploited’ in that type of gash-for-cash transaction, it sure ain’t the owner of said orifice! At least a prozzie would drain the balls, as well as the wallet, of Mr Masochist.
Correct me if I err here, but wasn’t the professed point of feminism to widen, not drain, the Pool of Possibility for femmes?
Johanna is a great feminist in that she challenges the men in her party and refuses to let them oppress her.
Spare me the anti-oppression doublespeak, you Dworkinite divas–looks like you "sisters" are doing it to yourselves!
Well, at least Iceland need not fret about global warming, what with its Führerin working to make it all the more frigid….