Following on from my recent post, Feminists Or Fascists?, this episode features in-depth interviews with two London strippers who have become political activists in order to protect their workplaces, jobs and incomes. In the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, “feminist” anti-sex campaigners have teamed up with conservative Muslims to drive legal striptease venues (serving both gay and straight audiences) out of the area. Gentrification and property prices also play a part, as newly-arrived middle-class residents move in to these formerly working class areas.
Further reading related to this podcast:
Research on lap dancing in England by Dr Teela Sanders & Kate Hardy of the University of Leeds.
Article providing a historical view on why striptease is under threat in Tower Hamlets.
Article about the mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, and his alleged links to extreme Islamic groups.