I'm back from SoCal in time to catch this story
, which puzzles me a bit. A case is in front of a judge of Hamburg County, Iowa. This case involves a 17-year-old girl, who happens to be the niece of the local sheriff, and Iowa's law against all-nude stripping. This girl, who snuck into the club, decided to climb up on stage one night a year ago and take off all her clothes. I know - it used to happen all the time in my high-school cafeteria, so why not at a club? The owner, desperate to avoid an indecent exposure charge (plus, probably feeling a bit skeevy that an underaged girl stripped in his club), claimed that Iowa's law doesn't apply because his club is a "theater, concert hall, art center, museum, or similar establishment" devoted to the arts or theatrical performances. In Iowa, you see, one can strip, as long as it's "classy." The club owner's lawyer noted that the club sells collectible posters and other art, so it falls under this umbrella. Of course, the district attorney thinks that's crap. The owner's lawyer cites a 1998 case in which the owner of a theater was found not guilty for allowing nude dancing. Will the nude dancing case make it to the Iowa Supreme Court? Only time will tell!
Here's what I don't get. I'm all for nude dancing, despite never having actually been to strip club (to my eternal shame!!!!). If women (or men, for that matter) want to take their clothes off, go for it. I don't understand why this isn't a cut-and-dried case of some kind of "corruption of minors" thing? I mean, this girl is obviously already corrupted, but why does the club owner have any leg to stand on in that regard? Is it okay if the underaged girl is the one doing
the corrupting? Can the district attorney not prosecute him if the girl did it willingly? Beats me.
It's always good to see our country's obsession/neurosis about nudity and sex rear its head. I wonder how the case will play out. I'm sure those salt-of-the-earth fine Americans in the heartland really want nude dancing, man! Power to the people!
Labels: Americana, Culture, Stripping