“Feminism” In Iceland: Saving Women From Their Own Adulthood

By Dr. Marty Klein

Iceland, the world’s oldest democracy, is now heading in exactly the opposite direction. And they’re doing it in a familiar way—by eliminating choices regarding sex.

Iceland has now criminalized all strip clubs. And forget even something as quaint as a topless bar; the repression of the 1950s is looking positively progressive, as the law even makes it illegal for a business to profit from the nudity of employees.

What makes this law particularly repulsive is the crowing of self-proclaimed “feminists” and “women’s advocates,” who seem unable to grasp the simple idea of adult choice. Member of Parliament Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir says, “It is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold.”

By that, I assume she also plans to shut down all theaters and soccer matches too, well-known sites where “women or people” are a product to be sold. You say that that’s where the public purchases performances by women and men? Explain that to the strippers who are now out of jobs because Parliament disapproves of their performances.

The legislation, of course, comes bundled with claims about forced prostitution, rape, and trafficking, legitimate issues that are trotted out on cue whenever someone wants to justify restrictions on any consensual sexual expression. They are the sexual equivalent of flag-waving and mom-&-apple-pie.

Iceland’s prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottirs is not only a woman, but an open lesbian. As Americans already know, female politicians are no more willing to guarantee sexual rights to women than the most misogynist male. Apparently, lesbian politicians are just as willing to curtail others’ rights as straight politicians. No surprise there, either—as we’ve been saying for decades, gay people are just people who happen to be gay. Some of them are against sexual expression and sexual rights.

Plenty of dictatorships and women-hating countries in our world officially ban stripping—either for “moral” or “religious” reasons. Iceland has the distinction of being the first country in the world to ban stripping and lap-dancing for allegedly feminist reasons. They think this is a good thing. To an adult woman prevented from doing what she wants by a government who doesn’t trust her to make her own decisions, it’s a pathetic distinction.

Guðrún Jónsdóttir of Stígamót, an Icelandic organization fighting sexual violence, supports the ban because sex “is not a commodity.” That’s the same sophomoric nonsense that Pope Benedict XVI uses to deprive women of their right to contraception and abortion. Is he a closet feminist, too?

This piece originally appeared on Marty Klein’s Sexual Intelligence Blog, here. (reprinted with permission)

5 Responses to “Feminism” In Iceland: Saving Women From Their Own Adulthood

  1. TvT says:

    Personally, I rather enjoy lap dances.

    … this is very, very sad news. I can’t wrap my head around this type of thinking. Each time I attempt it I end up with one conclusion: fear.

  2. janitor says:

    Well, really, Marc. Rarely over the last 70 or 80 years or so have I seem any hand-wringing and complaining over laws restricting the right of women to just do stuff like wash their car in their suburban driveway without having to wear clothing men are not required to wear. Ditto laws regarding where women can and cannot breastfeed. A little normal exposure would go a long, welcome way toward eliminating the artificially hyped titillation.

    Freedom for women being advocated by the commercial sex and porn industries? Ah c’mon, stop. Hypocrisy.

    How about some activism in the area of real sexual equality and freedom.

    Because if, among all the other commercial products governments regulate or ban on thin rationales, well, what’s the complaint: sex products and services don’t deserve higher deference. And Marc, the “right” of a woman to dance naked in a strip club is not the mark of “adulthood”. (You also might want to consider how, if something is understood to be bad for kids, whether porn or alcohol or whatever, it magically can become, not grudgingly allowed albeit still bad, but actually good for adults.)

    • You may wish to note the name of the author.

      Also, How about some activism in the area of real sexual equality and freedom.

      Please define real equality and real freedom.

      • janitor says:

        Real equality and real freedom does not include exploitation.

        Too many people don’t see when it involves women and the sex industry. Oddly, many of the same people are quick to defend against things such as ostensibly coerced criminal confessions, advocate in favor of minimum wage for oppressed laborers, speak out against laws that harm minorities and immigrants…

        But women? Exploitation of women? Something gets in the way. What do you think that is?

        • K(yle) says:

          That we personally know women who would rather make large sums of money taking off their clothes than smaller sums of money doing much more difficult work?

          Or that I know at least one women personally who preferred giving underpriced blowjobs as a ‘living’ than her high paying clerical job. That is she found the ‘exploitation’ or prostitution a more titilating career choice so she persued it instead and accepted the below US minimum wage part-time money that came with it.

          Most people that earn an income are doing things they don’t want to be doing. I’m not being ‘exploited’ by anyone by putting my body on the line in doing difficult physical labor. I’d certainly rather be doing something else, but no one is going to come ‘protect’ me and demand that human societies stop building bridges, mining ore, et cetera.

          Lots of women prefer stripping to other work. Generally women who feel the work is demeaning and would therefor be ‘exploited’ don’t actually get in that line of work.

          We don’t give a shit about physical laborers risking their lives but do about women’s sexuality because feminism is in large part an attempt at the cartelization of sexual access. An overwhelming part of feminist literature is devoted to who women should be sleeping with. This is in the same vein and has nothing to do with exploitation but everything to do with control by a clique of queen bees over what women do with their bodies.

          As for the authors note about wrapping up the law with alleged trafficking et al, that is mostly just a trick. If you examine the statistics for trafficking, rape, et cetera, you will see the number of ‘victims’ very nearly exactly correlates to the same number of women that work as sex workers in total. So the presumption is that no woman is ever a willing participant and all are victims. Those that claim willingness apparently suffer from a ‘false consciousness’ as a side-effect of our ‘rape culture’. So you can’t keep strip clubs and stop human traficking because they are the same thing apparently. All strippers are sex slaves.

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