Outraged feminists have been invited to York’s lap dancing club ‘Upstairs’ in response to an online petition which calls for a rejection of the club’s lease renewal.
‘Upstairs’, located in Mansion, will see its license up for renewal on the 30th November.
The renewal has provoked a strong response from the York Feminist Network, separate from the university, demanding that the York Council does not renew the club’s license.
The petition has caused a stir amongst the University of York Feminists who claim that the petition doesn’t focus on the bigger issues. One slams the petition as an “attack” and comments that this “is just another case where society ignores the reality and focuses on maintaining a ‘moral’ glossy facade.”
The online petition, which currently has 120 signatures, states, “Lap dancing clubs have no place in our community. They promote sexist stereotypes, create ‘no go’ areas for women and local residents, and impact negatively on the character and reputation of York as a welcoming, family-friendly city.”
A student stripper working at the club tells Vision, “Multiple friends of mine have tried to ‘save me’ from my job, until I have explained to them that it is actually something that I enjoy and want to do. “
“As someone who identifies as a feminist, I believe that women should be given the option to do things that they like doing. While a few of the girls that I work with do it through necessity, I am by no means the only one who likes her job.” [sic]
A York councillor, Dave Taylor, has publically stated that “A council can only reject or revoke a license if it breeches one of the four ‘licensing objectives’” and that it is not “Council policy” to revoke a license based on morals. [sic]
You can find the online petition here.