LETTER: Strip clubs detrimental to humanity

Thursday, July 8, 2010 | 3:09 p.m. CDT; updated 4:34 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

In response to Amanda Woytus' opinion in support of strip clubs (July 6, 2010):

The level of consciousness in a human being can be detected by the thoughts, speech, action and forms of entertainment enjoyed.

We can be fairly certain that a strip show habitué is no Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa would have found strip joints to be a waste of time when there were thousands of starving children to assist.

TV shows, where the humor is degrading and vulgar, is another example. I have spoken to people who believe that laughing at vulgarity does not define them as vulgar people. And yet it does.

When an attribute (positive or negative) does not resonate, we tend to ignore it, stare in incomprehension or believe the attribute is a lie.

When we share an attribute we either join in (i.e. laugh) or oppose it with a reaction formation ("Methinks he doth protest too much...," Shakespeare).

Ms. Woytus may think she is broad-minded to support strip joints, but in fact, by being impassive toward such pastimes, she validates an activity that debases the dignity of all human beings.

Again, Mother Teresa represented a life of action motivated by an intrinsic generosity of spirit. She helped the world to raise its eyes in hope that nobility in spirit might still be alive on Earth.

Strip joints (and other places like casinos), however, turn the focus of one's consciousness toward self with a desire to feel personal pleasure no matter how debasing the activity, no matter that the money spent might send one's own children to college or might start a community activity center that would enlighten the whole town and bring joy to the hearts of others.

Yes, strip joints are legal. But I, for one, will not stand by and be "politically correct." Strip joints encourage behaviors that coarsen and blunt the human ability to sing and dance in beauty and grace through the vicissitudes of life, which we all must endure.

I am grateful that the hours of operation are reduced, and I'm hopeful that habitués will learn to fill their hours of entertainment with thoughts and action that can benefit our community.

Julia Williams lives in Columbia.

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Ellis Smith July 8, 2010 | 6:13 p.m.

This subject can be discussed on strictly economic grounds: if there were no customers, there would be no "product."

[BTW, that's what others in the world have been pointing out for years about our war on drugs: if our domestic customers stopped using drugs, where would the incentive be to smuggle illegal drugs into the United States?]

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John Schultz July 8, 2010 | 10:04 p.m.

Shall we also outlaw "TV shows, where the humor is degrading and vulgar" since you don't like them either?

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Tim McCormack July 8, 2010 | 11:35 p.m.

If you are THAT concerned about people running around and doing things for their own pleasure, then you better start outlawing fun. I would rather spend my time kicking around a soccer ball than help out in the community - does that make me a bad person?

You also seem to be a astounding judge of character. Just because someone is a "strip show habitué" doesn't at all mean that they're a bad person or that they are completely incapable of focusing time and effort on their community. It also doesn't mean that they are destroying society, as we know it, rendering us all to be useless swine. You're the type of person that looks at someone and then applies whatever label fits, and then automatically labels anyone they associate with. (See how I judged you there? I don't think Mother Theresa went around judging people - that's God's job :D)

As Amanda said, the strip club hours are being cut back to midnight, which hinders the worker's ability to make the most money possible. That being said, why can't a person go to work each day, contribute to whatever cause they like in the evening or on weekends, and then go to a strip club at night? I have friends that save peoples lives each day, but still frequent the "strip show" - should they also be classified as "no Mother Theresa"?

Final thought: Amanda is guilty of doing her research, presenting facts about the venture, and then summarizing her experience. That in no way, shape, or form shows that she is narrow minded, as you imply. Perhaps you're narrow-minded? How many strippers do good deeds in their life? You don't know, do you? How many good deeds does a "strip show habitué" perform during their day? How many are already active parts of the community, picking up the slack that people, such as myself, leave for them?

The topic may be subjective, but the answers to those questions are not.

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