Published On: Tue, Mar 30th, 2010

Iceland Bans Strip Clubs

Just when you thought your nude dancers, strip clubs and porn is safe from government oppression, Iceland reveals the truth – nothing is safe.

I think the Guardian’s Julie Bindel erroneously attributes to a movement towards “feminism”, Iceland, with no real opposition, banned “businesses (from) profiting 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.”

From the Iceland Review Online:
“It is pleasing how fresh the breeze of equality is at Althingi [the Icelandic parliament] these days,” said Siv Fridleifsdótttir of the Progressive Party, the bill’s first presenter, Fréttabladid reports.

See, the politicians are doing a public service, providing a public good.

More as the IRO reports: Ásgeir Davídsson who runs the strip club Goldfinger in Kópavogur is looking into whether he can sue the Icelandic state for compensation.

“But we showed consideration while passing the legislation by allowing the clubs a long time to adjust,” Fridleifsdóttir said, adding that the parliament’s General Committee does not believe strip clubs are entitled to compensation.

Consideration…see how empathetic their government is while shutting the business owners down.

Janice Raymond, a director of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, hopes that all sex industry profiteers feel the same way, and believes the new law will pave the way for governments in other countries to follow suit. “What a victory, not only for the Icelanders but for everyone worldwide who repudiates the sexual exploitation of women,” she says.

So again, the attacks continue with ridiculous attempts to control behavior. Especially under the falsehood that stripping in Iceland and regulating nude clubs out of business will help reduce sex trafficking.

In fact, I say this, Iceland’s decision just increased the market. They just made sex trafficking, whore houses, prostitution the number one trade in Iceland.

Good luck policing that your parliament and feminist movement.



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