Thanks For Telling Me What Dudes Think About Strip Clubs, Media!

I was just catching up on all this coverage of strip clubs and massage parlours in Saskatchewan. I’m reading everywhere about how they create an environment ripe for human trafficking and the exploitation of women. But you know something I’m not reading?

Quotes from women.

A quick scan of local news gets me a sampling of thoughts and opinions from Premier Brad Wall, NDP leader Cam Broten, Regina Police chief Troy Hagen, Saskatoon Police chief Clive Weighill and Regina mayor Michael Fougere. Dig a little deeper and I find quotes from MLA Rob Norris, Saskatoon detective Tim Filazek, Regina detective Chris Hagen, author Benjamin Perrin as well as reasoned arguments from a male criminologist and a male law professor.

I even found several quotes from a strip club owner — also male. So that would be one of your potential, alleged human traffickers/women exploiters being quoted before a woman ever is.

Finally, I found a Leader Post article that makes a passing mention of former social services minister Donna Harpauer before offering several quotes from Savelia Curniski, the president and founder of NASHI, an organization opposed to human trafficking.

And now, man that I am, I’m posting my own thoughts on this subject.

And I know none of what I write will come as a newsflash to all the women bloggers who’re writing about this issue, but here goes: Do you think maybe the problems of human trafficking and the exploitation of women run a little deeper than strip clubs and massage parlours? Maybe they have more to do with how all the people making laws about women’s bodies and all the people discussing those laws in the media are male?

The system is still dudes from top to bottom. And the system is all about commerce.

So maybe if we’re trying to fix a problem with the system we should try hearing from someone other than a dude.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

7 thoughts on “Thanks For Telling Me What Dudes Think About Strip Clubs, Media!”

  1. Wall pulls a massive FLIP-FLOP, gets away with it, mostly. Out-of-the-way, ambiguous exotic massage parlours are still cool, but in-your-face, notorious “nudie bars” are (again) out.

    As for my exotic-pleasures dollar, it’s still firmly on the fence. Never much cared for the atmosphere, music, or food in the Calgary nudie bars, and I ain’t getting any massage that isn’t covered by my insurance plan, so I’m not partaking in the exotic rubs, either. Politically, I can live without strip clubs; politically for Brad Wall, maybe the cost-benefit, following a slow-down in the economy tipped in favour of pandering back to the Bilble thumpers back in the ‘belt, rather than toward the pent-up working man. the end

  2. Yeah, and she’ll probably run for the Sask Party, because, as an independent businessperson, the SP will most appeal to her short-term self-interest.

  3. Jeez people, we`re back to the way it was when the NDP was in power. Brad Wall thinks the NDP way is better I guess.

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