I find it distinctly odd that the government has banned job centres from displaying adverts for jobs in companies associated with the 'sex industry'. Apparently it's OK to be a cleaner in a lapdancing club but not a dancer. It's OK to work in an underwear shop, but not an Ann Summers store.
The ban will only affect jobs which could lead to exploitation, Employment Minister Chris Grayling said.
Er, well if that's the worry, why not be consistent and ban Lapdancing clubs altogether. Surely if you feel that 'exploitation' is the issue, that would be the logical thing to do.
I was dragged along to a lapdancing club while on a stag night in Detroit once. It was called the Landing Strip. It had all the erotic appeal of a bed full of baked beans. I got talking to one of the dancers, who happened to hail from Rochdale. I remember asking her if she, as a woman, felt she was exploited. She replied. "At $1,000 a night, love, it's not me who's being exploited".
Obviously a Job Centre shouldn't be able to force anyone to go for a job interview in a Lapdancing club, but surely there's nothing wrong with allowing people to be made aware that the jobs exist?
All this has set me thinking, perhaps there's a gap in the market here for a male lap dancing club for women!
I've always wondered why it is that people feel females stripping is a problem, and yet male strippers like the Chippendale's aren't. Double standards at play?