Rihanna took her “ooh, I’m so edgy and bad” steez a little too far this week when she violated the no-touching policy at a London strip club, going so far as to put her head between one of the women’s legs. The bouncers stepped in and reprimanded the 23-year-old, who was kicking it with ex-beau Matt Kemp. Naughty!

My personal (meaning NOT representative of Clutch, its other writers and our advertisers) feelings are a bit mixed. I’ve been to see both genders dance and I think it can be a totally healthy, safe experience for all parties. The biggest issue for me is that of dancer safety and respect from clients and employers; you have dudes who enjoy the feminine form and can pay for their lap dance and go home peacefully…but then you have those who think of the women as lowly sluts because of what they do. And then there’s the people who come in to watch without tipping, as if someone should just be flattered to dance for them.

Oh, and I did have a guy try to get me to flash him in a strip club. I resented that. Yes, there is a culture of sex there, but there are paid professionals in the house to sell that illusion. It put a damper on my experience and reminded me how many folks just don’t know how to enjoy the business of stripping without it spreading over into a general attitude of ‘women are objects!’

Clutch fam, how do y’all feel about the strip clib? Sexy? Sleazy? Both? Do you enjoy going to watch women dance? What about men? 

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  • Jenn

    Strippers have the potential to be talented and intelligent persons…. who are routinely harassed and abused by their customers. While stripping may (or may not) pay well there’s little respect *inside the club* for the dancer and I really can’t stand by that. If you’re job only gets lip service when you leave then why go?

  • Trini

    Maybe it’s simply because I’m a hardened skeptic by nature, but I honestly have a hard time completely believing ANY celebrity gossip!

    Don’t get me wrong I’m sure theres some truth to this story. I’m pretty sure that she was there and it’s also very likely that she was there with the person they said she was with. But anything beyond that I just can’t bring myself to blindly believe the word of a bouncer or whoever it was that supposedly saw her with her head between some dancer’s legs!

    Its waaay too easy for some random source to say they saw so and so doing or saying this, that or the other and then exaggerate it just to sell a story. And yes people do make money off stories they sell to gossip mags. Just like paparazzi make money off pics. We ALL know people will say and do just about anything for some $$$$!

    Now of course theres stories that are easily verifiable, like arrests, marriages etc. Beyond that however I will always remain a skeptic!