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Letters to the Editor

Respect choices

February 17, 2010

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To the editor:

The ill-titled “Community Defense Act” is a bill currently in the Kansas House of Representatives which aims at increasing regulation of adult-oriented businesses across Kansas. The regulations are such that many adult businesses would be seriously hurt or even closed. This bill is misguided and harmful to Kansas communities.

To begin with, communities are not threatened by adult-themed businesses such as strip clubs. These businesses provide a legitimate service to members of the community. No one is forced to go to or work at adult businesses, and the scope of the business is never pushed on the community. The fact that such businesses are able to flourish is a clear indication that they are wanted in communities in which they exist. Such businesses are demand-driven in nature. If Kansas communities do not want adult-themed businesses, a clear way to prevent their success is to not frequent them. Clearly this is not the case for many communities, including Lawrence.

Additionally, this bill would seriously harm the lives of women who work for these businesses. Threatening the jobs or wage rates of hard-working capable women who choose to be in an industry that some people might not like is a frightening affront to the well-being and autonomy of those women. If the proponents of this bill really want to help women working in adult businesses, they would stop stigmatizing their jobs and respect their choices.

Drew Muller,

Lawrence

Comments

grammaddy 5 years ago

I wonder how AnnaUndercover feels about this. I agree with the last sentence.

Charles L Bloss Jr 5 years ago

A lot of people go to adult businesses. I think of the one on Massachusetts street, Naughty But Nice. The city of Lawrence kept screwing with the owner until he was inundated with legal bills, and finally closed. That just wasn't right, to zone businesses out of existence. I agree that if there are enough customers to keep such businesses going, leave them alone. If they are breaking the law, such as selling drugs or gun fights inside or in the parking lots, that is another matter. Government at all levels tries to and does control our lives much more than they should. No wonder we have a $ 400 million deficit. State government at all levels is bloated. City and county government as well. Thank you, Lynn

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

According to owners and staff..... women are the most frequent customers.

Nobody necessarily makes women shop they just happen to find their way.

sully97 5 years ago

In prinicple, I agree that this industry should not be singled out merely because of its adult theme. However, I've also seen how those same hardworking girls are treated by their management when they aren't "maximizing volume." Here's a suggetion for the author. Let's let the clubs stay, but give the girls a chance to unionize. Think he'd go for that? Neither do I.

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