A STRIP club has been allowed to keep its licence despite objections — after the lapdancers told a council they were all feminists.
Urban Tiger in Bristol was labelled ‘sexist’ by equality campaigners who wanted it shut down.
But Philip Kolvin QC told the city council it was a safe environment for the dancers to work in. ‘They regard themselves as feminists,’ he added.
There were 16 objections from groups who wanted the licence revoked on moral grounds when it came up for annual renewal. ‘I experience this as a constant reminder of my place as a woman in our society and of Bristol’s tolerance of sexism,’ said one objector.
It was ‘not appropriate’ to have a strip club in the city centre, she added.
Urban Tiger employs 37 dancers and seven bar staff, all female. Some women posted support for the club on social media. Emily-Jayne Strange wrote: ‘Feminism is not just about equality it’s about women coming together and doing jobs like this but in a safe environment where they cannot be groped without their consent.’
Tasha Thwaites wrote: ‘I am a women and visit here with my partner regularly. I enjoy the atmosphere! It is not sexist at all. Just because somebody dislikes something, that others actually enjoy, is not a reason to try and label it in a negative light!’