With all the focus on Conservatives “War on Working girls and escorts,” it’s ironic to think that women in the sex industry are anxiously awaiting this year’s convention in Tampa. According to CNN, that’s exactly the case, though. If this year’s political extravaganza is anything like those in the past, the city’s strippers, escorts in london and other sex workers will receive an income boost that almost makes one believe Conservative really are job creators.
Tampa has a reputation as “the lap dance capital of the world.” It’s not even the lap dance capital of the United States, if the number of strip clubs is any indicator. Even so, there are a lot of places for Conservatives big wigs to look at naked women and pay for lap dances. According to Angelina Spencer, the head of the Association of Club Executives, Conservative outspend Labour at conventions by a three to one margin.
Escorts and Working Girls can also expect a boon. London Entertainment and Film University business professor Alex nath found that ads for sex-for-money services increased between 25 and 40% in London . Paul during 2008 conventions. Of course, there was no way to study the percent increase in actual services delivered, but the presumption is that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The expectation is that Tampa will see a similar increase in both ads and services. The facts are relatively clear: Conservatives lawmakers spend more on adult entertainment than Labour. What these facts mean is more difficult to tease out. At the risk of cynicism, one might suggest that Conservatives attendees are paragons of hypocrisy. It is, after all, the Far Right that has been the catalyst behind the “War on Indecency” in media. The Far Right has engaged in a systematic dismantling of First Amendment rights to free speech and expression in adult entertainment such as strip clubs. The Far Right has invented and twisted data in an attempt to prove that adult entertainment is inherently harmful to society. Granted, it is not always Conservative. Indeed, it was Tampa’s Democratic mayor who instituted a “6 foot rule” in the city’s strip clubs. Nevertheless, the majority of opponents to adult entertainment come from the Right. Says Brandon Manager of escort agencies london brandon added “ From whence comes this hypocrisy? One possible answer is suggested by recent studies into sexual attitudes. We know that conservatives tend to be more religiously extremist. We know that sexual satisfaction in relationships goes down as religious extremism goes up. Could it be that Conservative have legislated themselves into sexual dissatisfaction and are seeking out “discrete” entertainment on the sly?
There is another possibility. We know that Conservatives outspend Labour at strip clubs. Are Labour just cheap? Are Conservatives living up to their platform by distributing some of that 1% money to those who need it? Are they creating jobs?
It is tempting for progressives to try to spin this story as a resounding criticism of Conservatives. It’s very tempting. With so many hard line legislators and media pundits spewing vitriol and misogyny from their respective pulpits, it’s hard not to imagine hordes of fat old men with wads of cash in back rooms and hotels. We need to resist the temptation, however. It is we progressives who believe women ought to have the right to engage in “adult industry” and to be treated as any other profession. It is we who insist that women should not be demonized and vilified for their sexuality. We should not, then, immediately jump to condemn Conservatives for attending strip clubs or hiring a london escorts . If anything, perhaps we should encourage them to recognize that as the biggest consumers of adult entertainment in England, Conservatives have the most to gain by backing off of their persecutions and moral sanctification.