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I know women who were trapped in that life, forcibly taken out of state and away from their families and friends so as to become dependent upon the men who then controlled them and their finances by violent means. For these women, stripping was a gateway into being prostituted, where they paid a “stage fee” and worked long hours under humiliating conditions. There are club rules, but dancers constantly need to fend off persistent hands. The environment objectifies women in a horrible way.
I have not heard any of these women and girls say they like it, but a “stripper” can’t make money if she complains on the job. Please stop the perpetuation of this notion of consenting adults in a club atmosphere where no harm is done. Strip club patronage isn’t a rite of passage for young males or the expected norm for disgruntled middle-aged men — it is a demeaning, demoralizing, violent means of control.
JEAN ABBOTT, Lakeville
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