Despite heated debates, Casa Diablo will be opening a new strip club location in Southeast Portland. This vegan strip club has detractors who worry about crime being attracted to the neighborhood. Others who oppose it see it offensive to sell women’s bodies.
This is not the first time Casa Diablo has been the focus of criticism. In 2008 Casa Diablo was featured in a New York Times article discussing the unfortunate combination of using women’s bodies to promote veganism. Peta has also caught public criticism for the use of women’s bodies to promote animal rights.
Of the two biggest critiques, I think the misuse of women’s bodies is the bigger issue. It doesn’t matter if it’s a strip club with a pure profit motive or a strip club with a political motivation. Either way this becomes objectification of women… and that is never a good thing.
Objectification = women in patriarchal societies also undergo a kind of fragmentation ‘by being too closely identified with [their body]… [their] entire being is identified with the body, a thing which… has been regarded as less inherently human than the mind or personality’ (Bartky 1990, 130). All the focus is placed on a woman’s body, in a way that her mind or personality are not adequately acknowledged. A woman’s person, then, is fragmented. Bartky believes that through this fragmentation a woman is objectified, since her body is separated from her person and is thought as representing the woman (Bartky 1990, 130).
It is difficult to a hurt a human. Objectification turns women’s bodies into things.
For men it is easier to hurt a thing, something less inherently human… thus, objectification has been linked with rape and domestic violence. Therefore all strip clubs are a problem… not just Casa Diablo, because strip clubs objectify women’s bodies…