Neighborhoods

The Opposite of Sex

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Hizzoner won again and for the final time last week when the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from sex shops that the new antiporn zoning law is unconstitutional. New Jersey, anyone?






Samir Patel

Age: 22

Resides:: East Village

Occupation: Grad
student

Do you agree with the ruling? Yeah. It’s fine. The people who really want to find that stuff will find it. It’s really about the corporate stuff, though, not about moralizing. Disney bought Times Square.

Ever rented an X-rated movie or gone to a strip club? I’ve never seen them. Never been
to a strip club.

Has Giuliani gone too far? I don’t keep up
with city politics enough to say so.








Tony Wright

Age: 28

Resides:: Middle Island, Long Island

Occupation: Student

Do you agree with the ruling? On one hand,
it seems okay, but when you think about it,
Giuliani wants to drive the smut out of Manhattan. Like in the Bronx, where my sister lives, there’s a whole lot of them and nothing happens to them.

Ever rented an X-rated movie or gone to a strip club? Yeah, I saw one, like at a bachelor party. And I’ve been to a strip club. It’s more of a bonding thing, you hang out with your friends.

Has Giuliani gone too far? Oh yeah. I’m a CUNY student, and he’s trying to put
down that whole system.





Viktor Ryshkov

Age: 17

Resides:: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Occupation: Actor

Do you agree with the ruling? Not at all. The sex shops, it’s part of
the city’s essence. A lot of the tourists, they come to see like the Twin Towers but also
this. It’s part of the ambience.

Ever rented an X-rated movie or gone to a strip club? I’ve never rented, but I’ve seen it.

Has Giuliani gone too far? With the sex shops, yes. Overall, I like Giuliani.






Toni Geller

Age: 34

Resides:: Oceanside

Occupation: Executive recruiter

Do you agree with the ruling? I agree with it. It’s not good for those shops to be near anyone who doesn’t want it.

Ever rented an X-rated movie or gone to a strip club? Never rented. And I haven’t seen one. Not in its entirety.

Has Giuliani gone too far? No. I think he’s
a great mayor.






Kisha Monroe

Age: 25

Resides:: Long Island

Occupation: Security

Do you agree with the ruling? Yeah. You don’t want to expose that to kids or to people on their way to church.

Ever rented an X-rated movie or gone to a strip club? Yeah. In an intimate situation. And I’ve been in a strip club. Professionally. As in, I used to work in one.

Has Giuliani gone too far? Some of his quality-of-life rules have gone too far.










Donald Picarello

Age: 24

Resides:: Bayside, Queens

Occupation:
Construction

Do you agree with the ruling? It’s a violation
of free speech. You can’t push people out that have been in business for years. It’s wrong.

Ever rented an X-rated movie or gone to a strip club? Yeah. It’s just entertainment. A place to hang out with your buddies.

Has Giuliani gone too far? Yeah. This is
America, this is not a police state. And that’s coming from an Italian American. We’re
supposed to stick together






Steven Taylor

Age: 49

Resides:: Jamaica

Occupation: Supervisor

Do you agree with the ruling? Yes. It’s bad around kids.

Ever rented an X-rated movie or gone to a strip club? Oh, definitely.
It doesn’t offend me personally.

Has Giuliani gone too far? I agree with this
ruling, but in general, Giuliani has gone too far. I would never vote for him if he ran for Senate.










Elana Weinstein

Age: 24

Resides:: Forest Hills

Occupation:
Administrative assistant

Do you agree with the ruling? I don’t have any moral opposition to porn. The ruling is an infringement. This country is based too much on puritanical ideology.

Ever rented an X-rated movie or gone to a strip club? Yeah, I’ve seen it, not rented.

Has Giuliani gone too far? He’s gone a little
too far. He’s very power hungry.