Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Texas Press
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My appreciation goes to Bruce McLaughlin, a certified planner, who learned about my work on dance as nonverbal communication through listings in Books in Print and introduced me to attorney Gil Levy. They set me on an adventurous, enlightening odyssey when they asked me to be an expert court witness ...
Prelude. Sparks Fly: Church and State Conflict
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When I saw the announcement for Americaâs #1 Dancer Contest at the 2005 Exotic Dancer Expo in Las Vegas, I asked the sponsor, Jerry Reid of Pure Gold clubs, what criteria the judges would use. He said that in prior years he had sponsored bikini contests without specified standards. ...
1. Scripture and Hostility to Exotic Dance
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Todayâs battle against exotic dance is as much about the belief that modern culture itself is toxic, rife with social decay, as it is about local contests over morality, taste, and decency. Exotic dance is a lightning rod for an effort to return to âtraditional valuesâ by imposing sweeping âdecency standardsâ ...
2. Fighting Exotic Dance: Call to War
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Notwithstanding the constraints of the First Amendment, judicial decisions, and other laws, CR-Activists speak of being at war against secular culture. âLife is not a playground,â Reverend Rusty Lee Thomas rails. âIt is a war zoneâa clash of ideas, philosophies, values, and worldviews. ...
3. Target of Attack: Striptease 101 or Seduction by the Devil
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Just what is a segment of the politically active Christian Right (CR-Activists) warring against with its battle plans and its tactics of working through government, organizations, and individual foot soldiers? Exotic dance is not all âtits and ass,â as I learned. True, the very essence of adult entertainment clubs is temptation. ...
4. Nudity, Touch, and Sex: Marginal or Mainstream?
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The exposure of flesh, bodily touch, and sexualityâwhat CR-Activists assail as sinful in exotic dance clubsâhas a long history in mainstream society. However, the concept of modesty has changed over time for most people. For example, the amount of flesh that could be displayed has increased from the feet upward ...
5. âRottweilersâ Lock Their Jaws: Bench Trials
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In 1996, Councilman Walter Maloney of Prince Georgeâs County, Maryland, contacted a Christian Right organization, the National Law Center for Children and Families, known for being an adult business killer. Maloney wanted assistance in developing a proposed adult use zoning bill. ...
6. Shooting Nude Crotches: Jury Trials
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âPublic indecencyâ criminal charges (up to ninety days and/or a fine of seven hundred dollars) could be filed for dancing nude in the City of Cannon Falls, Goodhue County, Minnesota. This 1998 ordinance was established on the basis of Cannon Fallsâs findings: âto deter criminal activity, to promote societal order and public health, and to protect children.â ...
7. Exotic Dancers and Labor: Need to be Saved?
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The Christian Right asserts that women are tempted or forced through trafficking to work in adult cabarets, where they are abused by managers and patrons. At city or county council hearings, in courtrooms, on websites, or in publications, former dancers have testified to becoming born-again Christians, rescued from degradation and sin. ...
8. Christian Right Claims Club Crime: Where Are the Bodies?
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Within a segment of the politically active Christian Right nationwide, Phil Burress, leader of Citizens for Community Values (CCV) in Ohio, declaims exotic dance as a âblight plaguing the community with increased crime.â He pushed through the stateâs Draconian exotic dance regulations. ...
9. Stripping Your First Amendment and More
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The month I was asked to work on my first exotic dance free speech case in Seattle, the US Supreme Court ruled against the federal governmentâs honorarium ban that violated my First Amendment rights (US v. National Treasury Employees Union et al., 1995). As a US Department of Education employee, ...
Appendix 1. Exotic Dance
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Appendix 2. Comparison
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Appendix 3. Exotic Dance Criteria for Serious Artistic Merit
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Appendix 4. Nudity in Exotic Dance
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Appendix 5. Messages of Physical Distance
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Appendix 6. Expressive Contact in Exotic Dance
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Appendix 7. Contact in Social Dance: Lap Dance Heritage
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Appendix 8. Exotic Dance Patrons
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Appendix 9. Judith Lynne Hannaâs Exotic Dance Expert Witness Court Testimony
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Appendix 10. Illustrative Jurisdictions that Attack Exotic Dance
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Appendix 11. Key Christian Right Political Activists and Revenue in the News, 1995â2010
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Appendix 12. Arsenal of a Segment of the Politically Active Christian Right
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Appendix 13. Reality and Myth: What Neighbors Say about Exotic Dance Clubs
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Appendix 14. Protection under the Constitution of the United States of America
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Page Count: 350
Illustrations: 27 photos, 1 illus., 1 table
Publication Year: 2012