Strippers, stay home

The country which voted in the world’s first female president has gone even further in the cause of feminism. Iceland recently introduced a package of laws which make strip shows illegal. The government also made it illegal for establishments to use nudity in order to entice customers.

Reykjavik’s chief of police, Stefán Eiríksson, told the national radio, RUV, that he was quite pleased with the new legislation as it more clearly defined how police should act and the nature of their mandate. He warmly supported the new law in an interview with the radio.

Clubs which wish to provide their clients with strip shows must first acquire a positive report from health and safety officials. If they are able to do so, then the police may exempt the club from the strip ban and allow strip shows to take place. Even if the club acquires this status, however, it is still illegal for the club to provide or encourage private dancing or for clients of the establishment to ‘fraternise’ with the stripping staff.

Club Odal, in Reykjavik, is one establishment that may have to alter their behaviour as a result of the laws. The club promises clients topless dancers, fully naked dancers and provides accompaniment for the clients during their stay at the club.

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