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    First they want to license our strippers, then create a national database of strippers. Then they will come and confiscate all of our strippers. From my cold, dead hand!
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    Legislating morals yet again from the 'small govt' faction of our country. Can't have govt actually help Americans because that's 'big govt', but getting govt to force others to live like you or pay (or go to jail...) AOK!
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    So it's the dancer, not the G-string? ;)

    Guess this guy has not heard of the Chippendales - at least there's no mention of licensing male strippers in the article.

    Courts in the past have tossed lawsuits against strip clubs on First Amendment grounds - exotic dance is apparently protected speech (hey, it's no more ridiculous than a corporation being a person who can give money to politicians).

    So that means this elected official is not only defying the Constitution but he's being sexist about it, too.
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    @Mogal Does the concept of sex trafficking escape you? Many of those strippers are someones daughter that got trapped in that lifestyle...
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    @Knightmare -I worked in a strip club when I was in college.
    No one was forced to be there, and locked up in a cage afterwards.
    I suggest you actually talk to people that have actually worked in clubs and not believe everything you read on tEh interwebz.
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    @Mogal {Sigh} Yes...people CHOOSE to be around sin...of course...and you're saying NOTHING ever happened untoward? You'd either be lying or naive to say it didn't...
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    ""I think it would keep a lot of girls from getting involved in that lifestyle and basically wrecking their lives," he said. "This will force everyone to clean up their act.""
    HMMM, have you (a politician) ever looked in a mirror? Maybe, just maybe YOU need to clean up your profession before you legislate on another one....doncha think?
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    What part of it wrecks their lives, apart from the ostracism they experience from misogynist jerks like this guy? Their just people, and it pays well.
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    @65snake @PoliticalSpice >> Funny how some say they (the strippers) are professionals and should be licensed. But, aren't politicians also professionals? And most of them shouldn't even have a drivers license (much less they're current license to steal from us)......LOL
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    ROFL! This is one of the dumbest issues I have read on here. First, its a nonsense issue. All strippers are not prostitutes, in fact, most are not. Secondly, I cannot imagine any woman going to apply for a stripper job and not knowing stripping was required- Zedler intimates as much. Stripping is so mainstream now, I can hardly classify it as "wrecking someone's life." Thirdly, "attack the license to neck or shoes or headband", is he for real, shit lets go Nazi style and have it tattooed on their face. Fourth, sex traffickers are rarely strip club owners. Strip clubs are a legitimate business and heavily regulated from outside and within. The type of person forcing those who are kidnapped ( or by other nefarious scenarios) into a sex-trade, do so by flying under the radar. No license would ever makes those practices legal. A person doesn't ELECT to be kidnapped. Lastly, manpower to enforce this would come from where?
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    Acording to some on this board, all strippers are kidnapped by sex traffickers and forced to strip.
    *rolls eyes
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    @Mogal We're a big country, so it comes as little surprise there are those still hung up on nudity and those who dont regard it as a big deal, and others who perv-out over it. Takes all kinds....
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    Progressive liberals legislate morals all the time...heck they redefine marriage...
    This isn't the worst idea...and yeah...it could work...the sex trafficking industry has a lot of girls that get into this because they ran away or were kidnapped...guess you all don't mind supporting that? What if it was YOUR daughter?
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    You wanna dance around nude? You are going to need a license, you might cause men to get erections!!! They might masturbate murdering millions of potential unborn children!
    You want 15 guns and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammo? Why in the world would anyone object to that? You might have to rebel against the guberment.
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    It isn't legislating morals. It is providing consenting adults the freedom to live as they choose, so long as it doesn't hurt someone else. Is sex trafficking wrong? Hell, yes. But read the consenting part. So long as all parties are consenting adults, why do you have a problem with strippers. If you don't like it, don't go.
    As for it being my daughter, I certainly wouldn't like it, or agree with it, but if she is an adult, I guess I would have to live with it.
    Let's pose this in another way. Do you agree with the New York ban on large sodas? What banning on fast food restaurants in poor neighborhoods? One could argue that both of these encourage healthy behavior. But they both infringe on the rights of people that choose to be unhealthy, so why should the government get involved.
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    @Cheenoguy And it MIGHT be your daughter or son who got kidnapped...ever seen the movie "Taken"...that is more prevalent than you think...and each dollar you fork out...supports that industry...from stripping to hooking and anything in between...

    I hope you don't have a daughter...if this is how you teach them women should be treated by men...like nothing more than meat...to arouse your animal lust...
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    @wild_turkey6 Here's the difference...this legislation doesn't BAN the practice or profession...it regulates it...just like any other business...even a self-employed person needs some kind regulation...no infringement...I mean...how is it you want tons of legislation to take guns away but are unable to accept a little regulation on the "profession" of stripping?
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    @Knightmare You are so wrong about me. I don't want legislation to take away anyone's guns. I am a firm believer in the US Constitution. As a Libertarian, I would like to see less government control over people's lives. Be it gun owners, strippers, or moonshiners, I don't think the government should tell an adult how to live their lives, as long as no harm comes to anyone else. The difference between me and this clown of a Congressman, is that I think this applies to everyone, even those that I disagree with.
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    We' find out soon enough. make book on it, the name Zedler will be in the news near words like "adultry" "escorts" or "mens room." it's just a matter of time...
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    I'm wondering the same. Why is it that right-wing men think women should bear all the responsibility for curbing a man's appetite for flesh? He's blaming the stripper for the fact that there's a huge market for her work. As to ruining their lives ... right ... I'm sure they're crying all the way to the bank.
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    @wild_turkey6 When anyone says something negative about the Prequels (and don't get me wrong, they had some serious issues), I always say two things. Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman. The two people that made those films bearable.
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    I was thinking of commenting myself but realized it was in bad taste for the extremists and was just about to do so for the minor joy of pissing both sides off when you did. Well done.
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    This is an interesting premise. The far right wants to regulate women of consenting age in the "sex trade". So does the far left. Both sides feel the government has a right to control a woman's body if it involves sex. Then they split over the consequences of that sex if the woman become pregnant. I have no sympathy for the sex slavery trade. I'd make the death penalty if I had the power. I wouldn't oppose torture to death for those who traffic in minor children.

    Having said that I find it interesting that both liberal and conservative think they have the right to legislate a woman's body when it comes to sexual nature. I oppose that. I'm anti surgical abortion but don't think I have the right to tell any woman what her decision has to be. And I don't think I have the right to tell a woman she can't sell her body. This country sells it's soul to false God's, to corporate profit, to the exploitation of violence and gangs, to legalized murder with the death penalty but you will not tolerate a woman showing/selling her body for profit. That's massive hypocrisy.
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    So choosing to a kind of soft porn sex slave, exploiting their bodies to men? Teaches what to the children of the day? That women are only worth an ogle? Nice...how respecting you are of women? Catch an STD yet?
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    @Knightmare It's not your call. Nor mine. It's each individual woman's. And in countries where prostitution is legal and regulated the incidence of STD's is far lower than here.
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    I thought it was pretty much common knowledge that many Strip Clubs play a major role in the human traffic trade. There are millions of young girls and boys trapped
    in the Human traffic business. The clubs make fantastic money off these girls, many
    become drug addicted, get involved in prositution and porn, and for many it's against
    their will. The sex trade is far from glamorous and it is definitely not a 'victimless'
    crime...it is a sad , pathetic life for most, and certainly not a life I'd want for my daughter or anyone else I loved.
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    I'm going to get my usual bashing from the usual daily brigade of authoritative posters (UDBAP) but I'm not going to back down. I think State Rep. Bill Zedler proposes a good idea. Hey, it might help to keep some marriages together and maybe some of these young women that end up being exploited will find a better way to earn a living. I know that's offensive to some of you. I don't know why, but some of you live to be offended. I still feel this way and offer no apologies. I hope Zedler is successful this time around!
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    I'm not offended by what you say, I am just curious as to how your mind justifies your position. If this was any other business you would be up in arms about the government trying to screw the small businessman out of tax dollars. I think the term is Cognitive Dissonance.
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    @wild_turkey6 - I don't think sex trafficking is akin to a typical business. There is no real product being sold, it's just a person being exploited. Would you support a business where a person was paid to be a slave to another person? Probably not. This isn't much different in my mind. It crushes the souls of all involved. It's one step above prostitution. It's just my opinion, but I'm unconvinced by arguments that the sex trade industry just represents wholesome businesses.

    Also, someone else mentioned this on another one of threads on this article, any other business has to be licensed, so why not sex traffickers? I don't see that as any different than what is already going on in this country.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix I think the sticking point is the term sex trafficking. I whole heartedly agree with you that trafficking in humans is wrong. I can think very few things worse than forcing someone into that kind of situation. But I am talking about a legitimate business with all parties involved doing so willingly. You are talking about using a government license to deter that business. This guy didn't say that he wanted to license strippers to cut down on trafficking, he said he wanted to do it because it would stop girls from stripping. The take away from that is the government forcing small businesses to close.
    Besides, if any club sales alcohol, they are already licensed. He isn't licensing the club, he is regulating the dancers.
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    @wild_turkey6 Doesn't the dancing fall under the umbrella of free speech, if so why would it need regulation or licensing?
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    I tended bar in a strip club during the summers while I was in college.
    The money was great, no one ever bothered me, hell, even my mom knew about it.
    Doesnt this TX legislator have any real, pressing issues to worry about?
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    I don't know why anyone would disagree. That's one way to keep them out of trouble. I just don't see why those girls wont get an education ,go to college. It'll worth it and they'll be happy.
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    This is a personal choice these women have to make for themselves not the governments. If they can make strippers have to get a license then what other occupations will they consider for this process. We live or we did live in a free country where we should have control over our own lives as long as we live inside the laws on the books
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