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(Crossposted from "News from the Front".)

It looks like the GOP War on Women is about to enter the hand to hand combat phase in Tampa.

Across the Tampa Bay region, many of the estimated 50 strip establishments are upgrading lighting, hiring dancers and creating private nooks to cash in on some of the 50,000 visitors expected for the GOP convention. Long one of Tampa’s signature industries, strip clubs are preparing for the RNC as earnestly as the city has been repairing bridges, repaving streets and planting park benches downtown.

Adult industry writers and operators compare what Tampa strip clubs could earn during the week of Aug. 27 to the 2009 Super Bowl.

“The only thing the adult club owners and me can compare it to is the Super Bowl — except that it’s five times bigger,” said Paul Allen, publisher of the Night Moves adult business trade magazine. “You’ve got a bunch of people coming to Tampa Bay. They’re not in meetings 24 hours a day. What do you think they’re going to be doing at night? You can only eat so many steak dinners. You can only look at so many sunsets.”

(Snip.)

The owners know customers don’t come to their clubs to look at landscaping and marble lobbies. They come to look at undressed women, and most clubs are looking to hire many more willing and, in their subjective view, worthy to dance during the convention.

Alibi, a club on N Dale Mabry that typically rotates about eight dancers a night, plans to have 20 on staff. The Pink Pony plans to recruit on Craigslist and Facebook, while the Gold Club has asked for the “best girls” from chain members in Savannah and West Palm Beach.

Clubs also expect to hire dancers from outside Florida.

“There is a huge circuit,” Rice said, explaining that some high-earning strippers — who claim to take in as much as $2,000 a night — go from NASCAR races to World Series games to golf tournaments.

“These aren’t your average girls,” he said. “These are your high-end entertainers.”

This is bloody typical. The GOP spends most of the previous year, demonizing vaginas and then clearly expects to have them thrust into their faces in a exchange for a fistful of twenties. And they will do it without a hint of shame or self awareness.
And for the most part, they will get it. Because that is the kind 0f economy we are dealing with here right now.
And I imagine for a lot of these women, fleecing these overfed, sexually repressed hayseeds out of their money for a flash of fur pie may be revenge enough.
But not all.
Keep in mind that in the last several years, the science of camera miniaturization has gotten very good. And that some strippers do not look kindly on old white guys putting up police tape around their lady business.
So the question is, is there a stripper in Tampa who’s got the guts to film one of these hypocritical gas bags in mid lap dance and post it on YouTube?
It wouldn’t be easy. If caught, I imagine there could be civil and and even possible criminal charges.  Not to mention that all the other clubs in the area would black ball them.
But as we reach a point where a law states that you can be involuntarily probed if you want an abortion, some strippers may just decide to roll those dice.
So, GOP. Enjoy that lap dance.  It may be your last.

Just so you know, I'm currently running a fundraiser on my blog to pay for a 950 dollar ambulance bill.  Tip Jars are on the right hand corner of my blog.  Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Originally posted to TheRagingCelt on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Sluts.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

    by TheRagingCelt on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:45:38 PM PDT

  •  What we need to do is set up a club with male only (1+ / 0-)
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    TheRagingCelt

    dancers loaded with hidden cameras to get the homophobes in the act.

    Actually do one the same way with female dancers.

    Pass out both sets of coupons at the convention and hotels and we will have them in as they say, a compromising position.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:08:23 PM PDT

  •  I object to this diary. What you're suggesting (3+ / 0-)
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    FG, jessical, kurt

    is that a professional stripper act in a manner inconsistent with the ethics of her profession. There are reasons why clubs have "no camera" rules, and those rules are there to protect the workers as well as the customers. ALL sex work comes with an implied agreement of confidentiality.

    This "diary" is sick-making. Tell you what, instead of posting potentially family/career destroying videos on You Tube, why don't we blackmail them first? Yeah, that's the ticket. We could make a pile of $$$ and then post the vids anyway! That will show them!

    And what happens when the Democratic convention comes around? Now we're talking! How many divorces do you think we could get then?

    You are one sick puppy.

    “Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.” – Richard Feynman (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:09:39 PM PDT

    •  This is not about blackmail. (2+ / 0-)
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      This is  about an entire political party that has been demonizing sexual activity and then having the gall to engage in it themselves.
      And as far as the Democrats go, at this point post Clinton, they shouldn't be within five miles of the nearest strip club. And also, the last time I checked, most of the Democrats were not trying to outlaw birth control or making hay about what great family values they have.  
      And yes, I do concede your point that there is a complied confidentiality in sex work. But when those very customers try to deny her the proper health care that makes her line of work safer, what good does it do her.
      I'm not sick, Jonathan. I'm mad! I'm mad for any woman who can even get birth control with out being called a slut.
      At some point, a stripper or hooker is going to get mad enough to do this.  And when that happens, we should have her back.

      "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

      by TheRagingCelt on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:24:29 PM PDT

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      •  Got another idea... (0+ / 0-)

        Send in a democratic operative with a hidden camera that acts like a Rethuglican.  

        If you are a hypocrite on sex, I have no sympathy for you when you are exposed.  On the other hand if you are a closeted elected official who does not opposed gay rights, I can respect that.  Likewise if one does not oppose comprehensive sex ed and goes to the occasional strip club, I see nothing wrong.  If a office holder goes to strip clubs and tries to ban them, there is nothing wrong with outing them.  

        Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

        by DavidMS on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 08:44:40 PM PDT

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      •  You're no better than James O'Keefe. The ends (1+ / 0-)
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        justify the means for both of you.

        We're supposed to be the good guys, but I suppose that doesn't matter to you.

        “Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.” – Richard Feynman (-9.00,-8.86)

        by Jonathan Hoag on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 11:39:59 PM PDT

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        •  First off... (0+ / 0-)

          James O'Keefe used selective editing to fake a result and I'm am not advocating that one little bit.  So let's make that distinction right now.
          Secondly, I am advocating this as self defense.  These people are attacking these sex workers rights to decent health care and their potential livelihood. (Remember that back in the nineties, Christine O' Donnell advocated shutting strip clubs down.  Don't think for a moment that someone somewhere doesn't have that idea on a back burner.)
          Now, a more honorable tack would be if every stripper went on strike the week of the convention.  But given that most of the clubs in the Tampa area are run by men, (I'm assuming. I don't have the stats.) they'd be fired on the spot and be replaced with co-eds from Louisiana.
          And as far as your earlier comment about what kind of morals I think dancers have.  Let me make this clear.  Any woman who works in the sex trade deserve a modicum of respect and fair play.  And if the people she's servicing do not give her that respect, they deserve whatever they get.

          "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

          by TheRagingCelt on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 12:45:12 AM PDT

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        •  merph (2+ / 0-)
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          JH gets my vote here.  I know it sounds all concern troll-y, and the diary made me laugh, actually (and I suspect it would get a rich, nasty chuckle from some of my stripper friends)-- but the fundamental issue is that perfectly nice people strip for a living every day, and this makes their very real livelihoods about our politics.  Which is OK for a joke, until you think about it for a minute.  Then maybe not so much.

          ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

          by jessical on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 05:26:27 AM PDT

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          •  I do agree with you. (1+ / 0-)
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            And I may have myself to blame for not making the point clearer.  The fact is that the strippers are entertaining people who are essentially demonizing their livelihood and making it difficult to get healthcare. And rather then entertain them, they should make their lives as difficult as possible.
            It was not my intention to make light of stripping but to point out the irony of the situation. And to point out a possible course of action.

            "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

            by TheRagingCelt on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 05:56:46 AM PDT

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            •  no worries on this front anyway (2+ / 0-)
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              While I'm politically on board with the vision of republicans being fat, repressed swine, my own experience (not a stripper, but not an option so much for fat trans chicks) leads me to think the issue of the professional interaction with sex workers rests on whether people own their shadow selves and keep their ethics about them, or not.  And oddly, to spite the truth of your observation, I think the correlation is only general.  A good subset of republicans are actually pretty decent people even when about their vices, and a pretty good subset of democrats are total assholes.   And sex work is not so different from being a barista that in the moment ethics count for more than politics.  Its kind of a question of (pomo warning) intelligible subjectivity.  We might also film them being jerks when ordering coffee, demonstrating another sort of hypocrisy, but...anyway.

              Need to do homework.  Thirty seconds with the browser open and I've already written a paragraph of total nonsense:(

              ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

              by jessical on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 05:34:57 PM PDT

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              •  Not nonsensical in any way. What other professions (1+ / 0-)
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                would TRC have suspend their professional ethics because of a political opinion? Should cooks/waitstaff spit in peoples food? Should doctors or nurses ignore the HIPPA regulations if the daughter or granddaughter of an anti-choice Republican have an abortion?

                I'm not saying this is black and white. I don't cross picket lines, but that's for fixing computers and networks. As long as sex workers aren't treated as "real" workers, we have to watch our own. If you get a reputation as a "bad" or indiscreet sex worker, you're not getting referrals from anybody. Best we can do now, if we were legal/decriminalized, we could do more.

                “Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.” – Richard Feynman (-9.00,-8.86)

                by Jonathan Hoag on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 10:00:53 PM PDT

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            •  See my reply to jessical below. (0+ / 0-)

              “Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.” – Richard Feynman (-9.00,-8.86)

              by Jonathan Hoag on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 10:02:20 PM PDT

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  •  Tipped and recced for (3+ / 0-)
    ...fleecing these overfed, sexually repressed hayseeds...

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:53:06 PM PDT

  •  I Voted For Pie (1+ / 0-)
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    Because it actually has a relevant meaning here.

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