Sassy by name, Sassy by nature, I write to explode the myths which surround the lapdancing profession - standing up for the clubs, the girls and the customers. Its not always drinking champagne and playing with my tits - it can be hassle, hustling and hangovers. At heart I'm just a regular twenty-something posh cockney living in London who likes taking her clothes off...
The Guardian did a great piece on the case in their legal section, find it here. If you prefer a more sensationalist tabloid view, the Daily Mail wrote about it here and the Sun here.
At the moment lapdancing is pretty one sided – heavily weighted in the clubs favour. There will always be more girls willing to take a dancers place after all, especially in these desperate times. A girl can be here today, gone tomorrow, even if she has been at the club for 6 months – even 6 years! It’s a real pack your bags and F**k off mentality, and whilst some clubs operate a three strikes and your out system, with a written record of any misdemeanours, quite often its a case of bullying, personality clashes and a show of power.
If she wins, the Guardian’s legal affairs correspondant says that we could get the same legal rights as other employees. I’m a bit unsure what else it could mean for us lapdancers as, unsurprisingly, all the articles focus on the kind of questions I get endlessly asked myself – How much did she earn, what was her biggest night, who did she dance for, did she get naked etc.
But I’m going to keep an eye on this breaking news story because if she wins, I know by experience that it will probably result in two things; all the dancers will be called in for a house meeting, compulsory attendance or get fined (I’ve had to pay £50 before!), and the management will probably use it as an excuse to deduct more from our wages, ie: if you miss a shift you will get fined, house fee price will rise, some glorified bouncer with nil team management skills will devise a new shift/fine system with out consulting any lapdancers to see what would work. You may read this and think I’m complaining, but I’m not – generally speaking exotic dancers get treated by the management and clubs the same way motorists often are – as cash cows, with a myriad range of deductions and heavy penalties levied on them. So I’ll be watching this, and will make space in my diary for the inevitable meeting and deductions to follow….