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7th June   

Offsite: Hard Decisions...


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Murray Perkins of the BBFC talks about the censorship of R18s
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R18 StoryThe BBFC has announced an outright ban on The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). But how do censors make these decisions? Murray Perkins is a film examiner who classifies hardcore porn. He spoke to Index on Censorship about what it takes to make the grade

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Index on Censorship: Do you think our perception of what is obscene has changed? Obviously in terms of what is acceptable in an R18 film, that has changed, but has the wider concept of what is obscene changed at all?

Murray Perkins: I've no doubt it has over time, looking at the type of material that has been subject to challenge under the OPA over the years.

Index on Censorship: What about in the time you've been here at the BBFC?

Murray Perkins: I would say no. We've had pretty consistent information from the Obscene Publications Unit on what's been put forward [for prosecution]. There's been surprisingly little shift. Perhaps if you'd asked me five years ago if I thought one or two things might change, I might have thought that they would have.

Index on Censorship: Such as?

Murray Perkins: For example, the kind of arguably less harmful sexual behaviour --- such as urination during sex. I might have thought that would have shifted.

Index on Censorship: What would it take for that to shift --- for a jury not to convict?

Murray Perkins: Yes --- it would require for these cases to go before a jury and for the jury not to convict them and for that to happen probably more than once or twice.

Index on Censorship: But very few cases come before a jury.

Murray Perkins: Because people take the guilty rap and forfeiture --- and let it lie at that.

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3rd June   

Erotic Awards 2011...


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Artist: Xue Wang (China)

Erotic Awards logoBorn in northern China, Xue Wang came to London, aged 22, to complete an MA in fashion at the University Of Westminster. But, as she says, the self-reflective intimacy of art, which has always been latent in me, forced my transition from fashion to painting. Combining the iconography of childhood with the cultural heritage of Victoriana, vintage fashion, classic films and pin-ups, she places cartoon-like girls in risque' settings to create pop surrealist images possessing both eroticism and a hint of menace.

john constableCampaigner: John Constable

During the 16th century countless prostitutes were buried in the unhallowed ground of Cross Bones, an ancient burial site near Borough High Street, SE1. Since the mid-1990s, London poet John Constable has fought to have their last resting place recognised as a heritage site and to establish a garden of rememberance. His cycle of poems and plays, the Southwark Mysteries, which pays homage to the Winchester Geese , who plyed their trade in the stews of the South Bank, has been performed in settings as diverse as Shakespeare's Globe and Southwark Cathedral.

Score Uncut Uncensored Claire Wilbur Erotic Film Society Award: Score: Uncensored Version (USA)

Starring Claire Wilbur, Calvin Culver, Lynn Lowry, Gerald Grant, Carl Parker. Director Radley Metzger. Distributor Cult Epics

Radley Metzger is one of the finest film-makers ever to work in erotic cinema and Score (1974) is his comic masterpiece of polysexual seduction, by turns hilarious and horny. Previously only available on DVD in a cut version, this new, high-definition transfer (DVD and Blu-Ray) by Cult Epics restores the imagery which includes graphic gay action and group sex. Plus there is extensive on location footage, an interview with star Lynn Lowry and -- for the first time ever -- a commentary track by Radley Metzger himself .

Fashio: Engineers of Desire (UK)

Cassie Carpenter's truly personalised service promises to turn your unique fashion fantasies into reality. Her corsets are not just distinctive; they are also ecologically sound, making use of recycled leather and rubber. Unusual colours and styles are customised with beautiful feathers or leather wings, etched aluminium panels for body armour, and silver jewellery. Should you wish to take your look to extremes, Engineers of Desire even offer matching vehicle makeovers!

till sex do us partFilm: Till Sex Do Us Part (Spain)

Starring: Lesly Kiss, Manuel Falcon, Dunia Montenegro, David Galant Director Roberto Valtuen~a, Distributor Thagson Deluxe No formulaic porno cliche's here, this is a fresh and funny tale of an adult model with an unpredictable, interesting sex life. Manipulative Helen has a regular partner who is loyal but dull. She's also attracted to a moody conceptual artist... but to entice him she must first corrupt his innocent girlfriend. Wittily written and imaginatively directed, with performers who really can act, it's as well made as many mainstream, art-house movies but with sex scenes as scorching as the Spanish sun.

Innovation: Handisex (Denmark)

This Copenhagen-based service offers practical help for disabled people who can't masturbate due to their impairment. The client selects a sex toy, the helper attaches it and the client is left alone to enjoy themself. The helper only re-enters the room when called to remove the toy. Handisex also provides opportunities for disabled people to talk about their sexuality and to attend lectures, which are open to carers and families as well as people with disabilities. Our goal is to make eroticism acceptable, approachable and loveable for everyone!

Big Book Legs Dian Hanson Lifetime Achievement: Dian Hanson (USA)

Aged 24 and stuck in a dead-end town studying medicine, Dian Hanson made a momentous decision: to devote her life to fun. She has never looked back. Moving to New York, she helped launch the glossy adult magazine Puritan. This was the golden age of men's publications and Dian worked on many of the most successful, including Oui, Adult Cinema Review, Juggs, Tight and many, many more.

But even more significant than the titles in this illustrious list was the one which may be considered her crowning achievement, Leg Show, which she edited from 1987 until 2001. Through Leg Show, she discovered a sub-culture of fetishists whose needs, until then, had been largely ignored. Studying the intricacies of their tastes and translating them into words and photos was a challenge that totally stimulated and engrossed her.

Following the death of her boss, Dian decided to join Taschen, the highly respected German publishing house. She knew Benedikt Taschen to be a fearless publisher of sexual imagery who truly respected his customers -- something of a rarity in her experience. Her role as Sexy Book Editor offers her the pleasure of showing the world that good pornography is the equal to good art. And she's still having fun.

Lifetime Achievement: William Margold (USA)

paw logo Next year, the Renaissance Man of porn celebrates four decades working at almost every level in what he refers to as the Playpen of the Damned . We are damned not on religious grounds but for sociological reasons by a hypocritical society, he explains.

He's been an actor in over 160 hard-core films; a scriptwriter and director; an agent and critic; an activist, a fund raiser, a welfare counsellor... and the voice of conscience in an industry commonly thought to lack one. Over the years he became the first point of contact for many who wished to enter XXX and quickly saw him as their Papa Bear . Among his notable discoveries are Seka, Serena, Amber Lynn, Viper and, more recently Anita Cannibal.

He has been a tireless campaigner for free speech, notably telling the anti-porn Meese Commission, in October 1985: In a society that is drug-infested, violence-wracked and polluted by chemical greed...no one has ever died from an overdose of Pornography.

As a journalist, he was influential in creating the X-Rated Critics Organisation (XRCO). And, in response to the industry's growing disdain for consumers, he founded Fans Of X-Rated Entertainment (FOXE) which, from 1990 to 2006, gave devoted members of the public a chance to mingle with their favourite stars.

But his crowning achievement is Protecting Adult Welfare -- the PAW Foundation -- a not-for-profit organisation which provides advice, awareness training, peer counselling and a support network for anyone and everyone involved in the adult industry.

Bill continues to preach the gospel of X at every opportunity, acting as guardian of the industry's history and campaigning for 21 in 2012 , a voluntary agreement by US producers not to use performers below that age.

Outsiders Award: Ian Hudson (UK)

Ian is an artist who regularly attends the Night of the Senses. At the 2008 Ball, he approached Tuppy to say that one of her sites, TLC was not working properly, adding: If I may, perhaps, offer my assistance...? Since that time, Ian has been beavering away, first on the TLC web pages and then on the Outsiders site, making them not just technically perfect but gorgeous to look at. The new Outsiders site was launched in April 2011.

Comedian of the Year: Ophelia Bitz (UK)

Sharing stages and screens with Derren Brown, Tim Burton, The Tiger Lillies, Paul Zennon, The Puppini Sisters and popstar Mika, with her own brand of outrageous sexy comedy, Ophelia is the ultimate all-round entertainer. She is the sharpest razor-tongued wit in London, a vocalist, ring-mistress, compere and performance artist with a reputation for stealing hearts, drinks, and anything else not nailed to the table. Hang on to your hats!

Fetish Performer: Boykitten (UK)

A beautiful, 22-year-old FtM transsexual who enjoys his femininity and expresses himself through auto-suspension. Knowing about his painful arthritic condition increases the impressiveness of his act, leaving people spellbound and on the edge of their chairs, captivated by his androgenous body and sense of purpose.

Male Striptease Artist: Drew Passion (UK)

A classic male striptease artist with a great body, sweet sense of humour and a heart of gold. Perhaps it's his face that wins the girls over: impish, street-wise, dashing. Drew's stage presence is perhaps the most laid-back ever witnessed, bringing girls up from the audience and spontaneously allowing the audience into his secret thoughts.

Male Performance Artist: Equador (UK)

This talented magician is changing the face of male striptease of male striptease by presenting a masculine allure that is both whimsical, comical and dramatic, as well as generous, sensuous and not at all cockcentric.

Female Striptease Artist: Mistress Euzebia (Poland)

She's a crazy tom-boy hardcore striptease artist and an international wrestler. Wildly alternative, she manages to be both vulgar and elegant at the same time. Her show is unpredictable, yet polished.

Singer of the Year: Rooh Star (UK)

Rooh uses her rich soulful earthy voice to sing a joyful celebration of holiest of holes. The Holy Hole is Rooh's song, in praise of vaginas and reclaiming of the word cunt. With her song, comes with two gorgeous dancing girls, Katie Sarr and Sarah Robinson, graphically acting out the words. Rooh is a heartfelt, funny, quirky and engaging carrier of songs from deep inside the feminine psyche.

Female Performance Artist: Sabrina Sweepstakes (Canada)

This highly competent performer possesses a perfect figure, zany amusing talent, contortion and ballet skills and an ambition to create much more than striptease. She's the talk of the London Cabaret circuit, appearing at The Box, where audiences find her delightful and unforgettable.

Photographer: Gregory Brown (UK)

Gregory graduated in graphic design and worked for many years in commercial media but now specialises in photography, especially artistic and fine art nudes, fashion and fetish genres. Widely published on both sides of the Atlantic, his work has taken him through Europe, the Americas and the Far East, creating limited edition prints and taking on commissions for international clients. Gregory began life as a saxophone player, playing with the Temptations, Big Sound Authority and Paul Weller, among others.

ndon sex worker open university logo Pioneer: Luca Darkholme (France/UK)

A male sex worker who co-founded the London Sex Worker Open University. It began as a week of events by and for sex workers and allies to explore the richness and contradictions of their industry. Academics, sex workers, activists, feminists, psychologists from London, Denmark, New Zealand, U.S debated and networked. They even aimed to understand the abolitionist feminist argument.

The Sex worker Open University brought many new sex workers to the world of activism and community, building internationally.

Sex Worker Female: Lara Latex (UK)

Lara is a busy, funny, multi-tasking woman who works as an escort, model and film-maker and porn star. She is tall, leggy, fully tri-sexual, and possesses a passion for sexual deviance. She offers OWO, GFE and the ultimate PSE (Porn Star Experience) and absolutely loves watching clients leave with a smile on their face. Lara says, My dreams are to legalise safe working environments for escorts; stop sex trafficking and enforced marriages; and campaign for these things because the freedoms I enjoy through my jobs, I am fully aware that others see as the chains that bind them.

Sex Worker Male: Josh Brandon (UK)

From the start, Josh, just up to London from Wales, decided that if he was going to have sex for money, he had to do so as a properly run career. Since then, his confidence has grown from all the compliments he's been given and from the realisation that his clients are increasing in confidence themselves from their experience. As well as running www.gayescorts.net he is currently writing an escort guide. Josh revealed, One client in the US told me how his family life is better, he felt more at ease in himself with his kids and his wife. As strange as it was to me, this was the nicest reward of all.

Story Teller: Madeline Moore (Canada)

Madeline is an experienced and widely published erotic short story teller who began her career when a writing tutor told her You write great sex without metaphor, which isn't easy to do. The publication of her first short pieces led to a commission from Black Lace for a novel. Her story Get Up Stand Up appears in the recent publication and e-book, The Cougar Book. Believable, moving, intelligent, unpretentious, unpredictable, highly erotic and original, it says lots about life, love and lust and is a joy to read.

Website: FetLife (Canada)

An exceptionally friendly (not bitchy!), welcoming, easy-to-use website which is free to join. They call themselves a small community of 750,000+ kinksters around the world. Each new member is welcomed in person and there's a wide range of choices and things to do on the site, including a group for disabled people and those who like disabled people, and even car-share to events! It's great for meeting people locally and learning more about yourself in the comfort of your own home. www.fetlife.com

Writer: Kate Bornstein (US)

Legendary transgender activist, author, playwright and performance artist, Kate Bornstein is best known for her ground-breaking books on postmodern gender theory, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us and My Gender Workbook. Her most recent work, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, written with S. Bear Bergman, brings together personal stories and comic drawings to reveal a whole spectrum of possible gender identities. Shifts in subculture move in waves through the meta-culture, she says.

Volunteer of the Year: Martin Disney

Our production manager who took on a huge challenge with producing the Night of the Senses in the blank canvas, and we hope he's still standing to pick up his Golden Flying Penis Trophy on the night.

 

17th May   

Erotic Awards 2011 Finalists...


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Erotic Awards logoDaikichi Amono (Japan) This extraordinary visual artist creates powerful photographs and extreme videos involving girls with octopuses, eels and other aquatic creatures.... all of which are eaten afterwards! He explains his work by saying: I felt that the relation was amusing and that it was lascivious and then beautiful. Asked if he is an artist or pornographer, he replies: I think that the people who have an interest in my work should decide... For the way of taking a picture, the pornography and the art are the same. www.daikichiamano.com

[Note that some of Daikichi Amono's images tick most of the boxes to meet the legal definition of illegal to possess 'extreme pornography'. Hopefully the artistic intention, as opposed to being intended to arouse, lets them off the hook. Take a look on Google images.]

Gregory Brown (UK) Gregory graduated in graphic design and worked for many years in commercial media but now specialises in photography, especially artistic and fine art nudes, fashion and fetish genres. Widely published on both sides of the Atlantic, his work has taken him through Europe, the Americas and the Far East, creating limited edition prints and taking on commissions for international clients. Gregory began life as a saxophone player, playing with the Temptations, Big Sound Authority and Paul Weller, among others. www.gregorybrownphotography.com

Rod McDonald (UK) The body fills me with wonder and awe, says Rod, whose work with models from late teens to middle-age, reflects a range of physical types as his ideas and feelings about photography of the human form grow and change. Images of the body make a powerful connection with us. They are us - as we are, as we were, as we would like to be, as we fear to become - or perhaps they are the Other we desire or fear. www.eveproductions.com

 

16th May   

Erotic Awards 2011 Finalists...

Lifetime Achievement
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Big Book Legs Dian Hanson Dian Hanson (USA)

Aged 24 and stuck in a dead-end town studying medicine, Dian Hanson made a momentous decision: to devote her life to fun. She has never looked back. Moving to New York, she helped launch the glossy adult magazine Puritan. This was the golden age of men's publications and Dian worked on many of the most successful, including Oui, Adult Cinema Review, Juggs, Tight and many, many more.

But even more significant than the titles in this illustrious list was the one which may be considered her crowning achievement, Leg Show, which she edited from 1987 until 2001. Through Leg Show, she discovered a sub-culture of fetishists whose needs, until then, had been largely ignored. Studying the intricacies of their tastes and translating them into words and photos was a challenge that totally stimulated and engrossed her.

Following the death of her boss, Dian decided to join Taschen, the highly respected German publishing house. She knew Benedikt Taschen to be a fearless publisher of sexual imagery who truly respected his customers -- something of a rarity in her experience. Her role as Sexy Book Editor offers her the pleasure of showing the world that good pornography is the equal to good art. And she's still having fun.

William Margold (USA)

paw logo Next year, the Renaissance Man of porn celebrates four decades working at almost every level in what he refers to as the Playpen of the Damned . We are damned not on religious grounds but for sociological reasons by a hypocritical society, he explains.

He's been an actor in over 160 hard-core films; a scriptwriter and director; an agent and critic; an activist, a fund raiser, a welfare counsellor... and the voice of conscience in an industry commonly thought to lack one. Over the years he became the first point of contact for many who wished to enter XXX and quickly saw him as their Papa Bear . Among his notable discoveries are Seka, Serena, Amber Lynn, Viper and, more recently Anita Cannibal.

He has been a tireless campaigner for free speech, notably telling the anti-porn Meese Commission, in October 1985: In a society that is drug-infested, violence-wracked and polluted by chemical greed...no one has ever died from an overdose of Pornography.

As a journalist, he was influential in creating the X-Rated Critics Organisation (XRCO). And, in response to the industry's growing disdain for consumers, he founded Fans Of X-Rated Entertainment (FOXE) which, from 1990 to 2006, gave devoted members of the public a chance to mingle with their favourite stars.

But his crowning achievement is Protecting Adult Welfare -- the PAW Foundation -- a not-for-profit organisation which provides advice, awareness training, peer counselling and a support network for anyone and everyone involved in the adult industry.

Bill continues to preach the gospel of X at every opportunity, acting as guardian of the industry's history and campaigning for 21 in 2012 , a voluntary agreement by US producers not to use performers below that age.

www.billmargold.com
www.pawfoundation.org

 

15th May   

Erotic Awards 2011 Finalists...

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real swingers An Open Invitation: A Real Swingers Party in San Francisco (USA) Starring: Lorelei Lee, India Summer, James Deen, Mickey Mod Director Ilana Rothman. Distributor Private Independent. Described as first and foremost a love story , this tale of a young married couple's tentative steps beyond their staid sex life into the world of swinging, has won rave reviews. Adult Video News gave it its highest rating, calling it, A real game-changer... the best couples film to come along in years. For its wild conclusion, director Ilana Rothman let her actors lose among 127 amateur swingers, capturing some of the most authentically passionate sexual acrobatics ever committed to video.

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Lovers Guide 3D Igniting Desire The Lovers' Guide 3D: Igniting Desire (UK) Written by Emily Dibberly. Director Kenneth D Rye, Distributor Optimum Releasing. Twenty years after it first revolutionised British sex education videos, the latest incarnation of this truly informative and detailed series adds an extra dimension! The imaginative 3D photography sensitively captures several couples -- all of whom are believably attractive rather than artificially glamorous -- as they demonstrate a variety of intimate techniques, while the commentary also emphasises emotional and psychological aspects. And, to make it the perfect, sharing guide to love-making, 21st century style, two pairs of stereoscopic glasses are thoughtfully provided!

till sex do us partTill Sex Do Us Part (Spain) Starring: Lesly Kiss, Manuel Falcon, Dunia Montenegro, David Galant Director Roberto Valtuen~a, Distributor Thagson Deluxe No formulaic porno cliche's here, this is a fresh and funny tale of an adult model with an unpredictable, interesting sex life. Manipulative Helen has a regular partner who is loyal but dull. She's also attracted to a moody conceptual artist... but to entice him she must first corrupt his innocent girlfriend. Wittily written and imaginatively directed, with performers who really can act, it's as well made as many mainstream, art-house movies but with sex scenes as scorching as the Spanish sun.

 

14th May   

Erotic Awards 2011 Finalists...

The Erotic Film Society Award
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Score Uncut Uncensored Claire Wilbur Presented by the Erotic Film Society in recognition of a significant contribution to the appreciation of the art and history of erotic cinema made during the past year.

Score: Uncensored Version (USA) Starring Claire Wilbur, Calvin Culver, Lynn Lowry, Gerald Grant, Carl Parker. Director Radley Metzger. Distributor Cult Epics

Radley Metzger is one of the finest film-makers ever to work in erotic cinema and Score (1974) is his comic masterpiece of polysexual seduction, by turns hilarious and horny. Previously only available on DVD in a cut version, this new, high-definition transfer (DVD and Blu-Ray) by Cult Epics restores the imagery which includes graphic gay action and group sex. Plus there is extensive on location footage, an interview with star Lynn Lowry and -- for the first time ever -- a commentary track by Radley Metzger himself .

 

14th May   

A Stimulating Report...

Hewson Group predict a booming sex toy market
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Sh! shopA British study has found that in the next 10 years, sex toy sales will keep pace with smartphones to the tune of 400 million globally. Right now, nearly 4 million sex toys are said to be sold in the UK every year.

According to the Women, Sex and Shopping report from the Hewson Group, thanks to more mainstream acceptance of sex the pleasure goods industry is poised to explode.

The findings also found that more than 40% of British women view online porn and said that women have a strong desire to buy products designed to enhance their sex lives.

The study as reported in the Daily Mail, was based on a survey of 700 women, plus a second group of customers at five female-owned sex shops.

The report noted that the new data reflects a trend that began in the 70's and that the industry has been held back in the past due to an association with the sleazy, male-dominated porn industry. But a "revolution" has occurred, driven by women who are more powerful at home and in the workplace with higher incomes who could spend more than $300 a year on these items.

The report stated that more than 60% of women find the idea of buying a sex toy to be exciting. Women are motivated by far more basic instincts than are commonly ascribed to them. The erotic, the naughty, the forbidden and even perhaps the slightly sordid all have their appeal.

The study pointed to the success of upscale lingerie chains like Agent Provocateur and smaller outlets such as Coco-de-Mer and Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium as examples.

 

23rd April   

Offsite: Browns vs Reds...

Meet the strip club boss and fiercely proud Hackney girl fighting to keep her show on the road
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BrownsMen in suits stand smoking outside on a sunny spring afternoon. A specials blackboard on the pavement says New girls .

This is what many people in Hackney see of the strip clubs at the centre of a political row in recent months.

Some will have ventured inside. But few will have met Denise Chandler, a rags-to-riches businesswoman and fiercely proud Hackney girl who has run Brown's in Hackney Road for more than 30 years.

This real East Ender has battled against the council's new nil policy on sex entertainment venues in the borough. And although the town hall went ahead anyway, she says she's here to stay.

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14th April   

A Very Square Mile...

City of London set to ban lap dancing
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city of ndon logoThe City of London Corporation is proposing to ban all venues from staging lap dancing from September, claiming that it has a damaging impact on women.

Charlie's Bar near Tower Hill, the only remaining club in the City to offer lap dancing, is expected to be affected.

Under new legislation, such venues can be forced by councils to apply for a licence to continue operating. Charlie's Bar, which is thought to offer lap dancing for two hours once a week, would almost certainly be refused a licence if the Corporation's ban is confirmed by its policy resource committee.

Edward Lord, chairman of the licensing committee which recommended the ban, said there was a widely held view that this kind of normally male-only social activity serves to exclude women who work in financial services firms, or worse still makes them feel harassed and under-valued .

City workers said those who visited such venues would simply go to neighbouring areas, such as Westminster, where there is no ban.

Alex Smith from Southend, said: The new rules are a good thing but a lot of men won't think so : My niece is a dancer, she is treated well and they do get choices of what they do, but I don't agree with it.

 

11th April   

A Popular Employment Option...

Findings from 197 interviews with lap dancers
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escrc university of leeds logoResearchers Dr Teela Sanders & Dr Kate Hardy have released initial findings from a study of lap dancing. The report, The Regulatory Dance: Sexual Consumption in the Night Time Economy [pdf] investigates the experiences of dancers, their working conditions and how these are affected by law and licensing restrictions.

The team have published initial findings mainly from interviews with 197 dancers:

The research shows that lap dancing continues to be a popular employment option for some women who are working in low paid, unskilled jobs, but are motivated by the opportunity for future mobility. Dancers were attracted to the work because of its flexibility and instant remuneration, resulting in a steady flow of labour supply.

However, these exact characteristics also posed problems as dancing remained precarious in terms of a stable income, high overheads, no employee protection, and a competitive environment. Coupled with fewer customers and expenditure during the recession, dancing proved to be a difficult job without guaranteed income.

We found no evidence or anecdotes of forced labour or trafficking of women in the research. However, some migrant workers reported high fees for agencies and accommodation.

Although extra services were reported anecdotally by dancers, there was no evidence of lap dancing having connections to organised prostitution.

Dancers are open to financial exploitation, disciplinary measures and few employment rights. Many of the women felt that they didn't have access to knowledge about what the council imposed rules were and which had been instituted by the club.

Key Points:

  • The continuous supply of dancers, rather than the demand for erotic dance, accounted for the expansion of the industry.
  • The overwhelming majority of women were satisfied with their jobs as dancers, although they also identified negative elements.
  • Advantages included: choosing own hours; getting money instantly; earning more than in other roles; being independent; combining fun with work.
  • Disadvantages included: never knowing how much money they would make; keeping the job secret; customers being rude/abusive; competing with other dancers.
  • Most women felt safe at work, although nearly half reported frequent verbal harassment and unwanted touching from customers.
  • Only a minority of women were solely dancing, most combined dancing with other work and education.
  • Dancing was used as a strategy to enable and facilitate career prospects and security in the future.
  • Dancers' status as self employed workers resulted in exploitation as they had no rights or recognition in the workplace.
  • Overheads were high: house fees, commission on dances, and fines (often arbitrary) for breaking house rules reduced capacity to earn and most dancers had left a shift not making any money.
  • The current focus on licensing does not consider the welfare or working conditions of the dancers

... See The Regulatory Dance: Sexual Consumption in the Night Time Economy [pdf]

 

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