The Irrational Fear of Skin

June 29, 2011 at 1:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I have so far refrained from commenting on the strip club—I believe it’s called The Viper—that wants to move into Downtown next to Union Bank on O Street. I’ve avoided the issue primarily because I don’t see the problem. To me the matter is simple: a business wants to fill a slot in Downtown that hasn’t been occupied in ... what, almost a decade? That folks consider this a bad thing absolutely boggles my mind.

Don’t try playing the morality card on me. It won’t work. The business is legal and no zoning restrictions exist to bar the business from its desired location. O Street is flooded with immorality. You think The Grand or Nelnet or Sultan’s Kite or Brother’s don’t send various folks’ moral compasses spinning? The fact that some people—even the majority—are terrified of boobs doesn’t mean we have any right to block them. Heck, the women dancing in a strip club aren’t significantly less dressed than some of the sorority sisters working the bars Downtown. (Too far?)

So other than mammophobia, what’s left? There’s the argument that the business has a history of infractions, but if that’s really such a problem they shouldn’t be allowed to open anywhere, not just in this specific location.

My stance on this won’t surprise long-time readers. I’m pretty hands-off about these types of things. I have never stepped foot in a strip club in my life and I don’t particularly like my kids being exposed to some of the imagery used to market sex-oriented businesses. But you know what? Sex doesn’t frighten me, nor does it frighten me that one day my kids will ask what goes on inside those businesses.

As always I’m willing to be convinced that I’m wrong.

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JT June 29, 2011 at 2:56pm

Agreed. As long as the outside of the building isn’t overly risque (see John’s, Dr.) it should be fine.

Also, you’d better be hands-off in this situation because the undercover cops can bust you for being hands on. Heyoooooo!

Fletch June 29, 2011 at 3:15pm

I tend to be pro-boob.

beerorkid June 29, 2011 at 4:17pm

My mom blindfolded me when I breastfed.

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