With an ever-growing number of townships and communities objecting to the strip clubs popping up across Australian cities and rural towns, there is growing concern over local council’s lack of power to enforce these objections.
Legislation needs to be addressed to see why women are being thrown under the bus, again, and what amendments can be made to create personal, social and political value for women as equal human beings in our society.
In 2010 Iceland passed a ban on strip clubs, making it ‘illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees. Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir, the Icelandic politician who first proposed the ban, told the national press: “It is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold.”‘
“Last year”, Jónsdóttir says, “we passed a law against the purchase of sex, recently introduced an action plan on trafficking of women, and now we have shut down the strip clubs. The Nordic countries are leading the way on women’s equality, recognising women as equal citizens rather than commodities for sale.” Read more
“Janice Raymond, a director of CATW, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, 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.” Read more
“Jónsdóttir is confident that the law will create a change in attitudes towards women. “I guess the men of Iceland will just have to get used to the idea that women are not for sale.”” Read more
We call on the Australian government to start issuing similar reforms; by
– Firstly, amending legislation, as a matter of priority, to include Zero Zoning Policies for all Adult Entertainment Permit applications, thereby immediately curbing the proliferation of strip clubs in unconsenting towns.
Watch this space.
In Norway, Iceland and Sweden the Nordic model is in operation, where “brothel prostitution is banned (and male clients penalised) in a violence against women sense, because it’s recognised to be for the degradation of women and affects the status of all women…”. Iceland has banned strip clubs as well, “on the same grounds that it’s about violence against women and degrades women and degrades the equality of women”.
“I think that in Australia this is hard to understand, it’s a very masculinist culture, and I think that prostitution and the sex industry generally and the privileges men have to abuse women in this way is so accepted that people are outraged to think that there actually might be other values, but believe me there are, and in fact Australia is quite low, very low in the index of oeCD nations on gender equality, and it’s because there’s a very masculinised culture”. Sheila Jeffreys