Organizing Jizz Joints

Query and Funari have made an incredible piece of propaganda—a smart, engaging, and useful organizing tool that I hope inspires dancers everywhere. The union movement among strippers is not exactly catching on as fast as you can pump quarters into a machine to keep the window shade in your booth from sliding down, but I for one hope it will. Since they began to organize and especially since the film has hit select cities, the Exotic Dancers Union (www.exoticdancersunion.com) has gotten calls from dancers in every single state.

Women become live nude girls for many different reasons, including the high pay and the flexible schedule. We are still taught that if we dress a certain way, we can expect—and maybe we even invite—harassment and violence. Thus, if we dare to parade around in our birthday suits, well, then we're definitely asking for it and deserve even less respect and safety. Sex workers are bombarded with the mixed message that consumers will gladly buy what they're selling, but because they're selling it they shouldn't expect safe or fair working conditions. The fact of the matter is that sex is work and as such should be treated like any other job. Contrary to popular opinion, when a woman takes off all her clothes for money, she is not stripped of her dignity as well. Or her human rights. If you have any doubt that strippers are people too (and deserve to be treated fairly by their employers), this film will change your mind.

To find out more about the movie or the union, visit www.livenudegirlsunite.com.


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