Underage New Orleans Strippers Are Suing For The Freedom To Express Themselves On Stage

Submitted by: trimble 9 months ago in Lifestyle
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From NOLA:

Three dancers have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a law requiring performers in strip clubs be at least age 21 is unconstitutional. The lawsuit comes about a week before state officials have said they'll begin enforcing the new law in strip clubs statewide.

Identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe I, II and III, the three dancers say the law will rob them of the ability to express themselves with erotic dance, in violation of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.

They also claim the law unfairly targets women, citing a prohibition in state law that defines strip club performers as "entertainers whose breasts or buttocks are exposed to view." That definition, the dancers claim, applies only to women and "does not prohibit the same conduct by men" who are between the ages of 18 and 21.

There are 25 comments:
Male 1,461
not going to touch this with a ten foot pole (the police may miss represent my view and come and talk to me) but as far as 21 as a drinking age it was about kids dying from drunk driving. In Florida the drinking age dropped to 18 about 1971 or 3 I think ( I was already 18 when the law took effect and standing in a 7-11 with a case under my arm waiting for midnight) by the time I came back after being in the service in 1978 the drinking age was 21 again to many dead kids. And the brain does not reach maturity (growth) until you're about 25 or 26.
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Male 1,611
I get the whole argument being made about 18 is old enough to die as a soldier but not old enough to have a beer. I was told the age limit has more to do with the final stages of brain development rather than a moral issue. I'm open to being proven wrong on this one, after all I had more to drink on my big brother's 21st birthday than he did. I was 15.
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Male 1,611
So nobody has anything but shit to fling on this one. Here you go: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-teen-brain-still-under-construction/index.shtml Apparently what I was told is correct.
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Male 5,926
I haven't seen any studies on this but my suspicion is that getting shot in the head interferes more, with regard to brain development, than drinking some booze.
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Male 3,540
you cant just start spouting random nonsense with out any facts or evidence to support it!
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Male 8,762
+ 10
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Male 7,438
touche
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Male 2,971
At 18 one can join the armed forces and be sent off to third world nations to kill - or be killed. Seems like taking one's clothes off in public, in order to stir the prurient imaginings of strangers in exchange for money should be just as legal. Not that I make any moral or ethical judgments.
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Male 1,522
I've always found it hilarious that, in America, at the age of 18, you can enlist, go to a foreign land, kill people but not have a beer when you return home. You can die for your country but can't legally have a fucking wine cooler. If that doesn't indicate how fucked up America is, I don't know what does....aside from Trump
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Male 5,926
It used to be worse. When I was 18 I could have been drafted and forced to go to a foreign land and kill people or, of course, be killed.
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Male 851
But the drinking age back then was 18 and 19 in many states. It was raised in response to DUI traffic deaths. Also the drinking age on the military was 18.
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Male 8,762
That and the fact that you can't say naughty words or show a nipple in a PG13 movie but you can shoot and blow up hundreds of people. Its religion. The bible is OK with violence, but not sex or fun.
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Female 3,801
I was thinking about the alcohol part as well, but if you're 18 and want to grind your ass on a guy's crotch for cash and prizes, then go for it but call it what it is... its NOT 'expressing yourself' its "whoring yourself' own it and go pay for all the things you want.
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Male 3,540
you know, you could show a little more respect. just because its not something you consider decent doesnt mean the women who enjoy it are whores. there are lots of people who feel empowered by erotic dancing. in this day and age, sex is not a bad thing. if youve got it, you should be able to go ahead and flaunt it with out feeling ashamed of yourself. im not going to judge anyone for wanting to strip naked and dance around in front of people, for some people it can feel both very liberating and empowering, and it can be a lot of fun.
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Male 39,201
Hi Rob-TL I don't disagree with Mel here, but not with you either. >>> SOME strippers and hookers are actually doing it 'for fun' but 95% are ONLY there for the money. Exotic dancers and Erotic dancers are actually separate categories, and exotics are much more likely to enjoy their work.
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Male 3,540
addendum: there are women who take pole dancing and i dont know why but even twerking classes just for fun. these are people who dont do it for an audience or money, they do it for themselves. they actually have to pay to be there. my sister has a friend who took a pole dancing class, she can hold herself up with just her legs wrapped around the pole, which is cool, i wish i could do that. lets be honest 5cats, all hookers and strippers are only there for the money, the only reason i work at a grocery store is for the money. i dont exactly enjoy my job, lots of people dont enjoy their job. but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. some people can feel empowered by erotic dancing and enjoy it, others just do it for a job. and then there are the ones who are forced into it, which i consider to be one of the most horrible things a human being can do to another.
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Male 3,540
yeah, but exotic is really just a sexy word for foreign. so most exotic dancing is also erotic, like belly dancing. of course something is only exotic to you if you consider it foreign. im pretty damn sure most people foreign to country music dont find line dancing erotic. but if you find country music foreign, then line dancing could be considered exotic... technically, i guess... according to what im saying. maybe i dont know what im talking about.
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Male 3,655
Mel, you are a 100% straight-shooter. I like it.
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Male 1,429
Far as I know, at least in NB, you need to be of age where you can enter establishments with alcohol before you can work there (other than licensed restaurants of course). If I'm wrong, then yeah, at 18 you can do porn, so why not strip?
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Male 8,762
I bartended at 18 in Michigan. Must vary by state.
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Male 8,172
Agreed, varies by state. In mine, you can work in an establishment that serves alcohol under 21, you just can't physically serve the alcohol under 21. So the waitress may be 18, but the drinks will be delivered by someone of age.
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Male 1,611
They can win this just to see a new law banning anyone under legal drinking age from entering a strip club that serves alcohol. If they want to strip, let them but this may not work out as well as they like.
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Male 39,201
Seems reasonable to let 18 year olds work as strippers, eh? They can get paid to make p0rn at that age after all...
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Male 7,438
Yikes I agree with @5cats!? Also if you can fight and die for our country you can freaking strip.
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Male 8,762
You and I are in perfect agreement. See? Strippers bring everyone together.
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