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Iceland Bans All Strip Clubs

By Wyatt Earp | March 29, 2010

Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Miss World 2005

Add that to the list of “Countries I’ll Never Visit.”

Iceland has passed a law to shut down all strip clubs, making it illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees.

[P]olitician Kolbrun Halldorsdottir, who first proposed the law, said on Wednesday, “It is not acceptable that women, or people in general, are a product to be sold.” Iceland began hammering that point home last year when it passed a law effectively banning prostitution by criminalizing the purchase of sex; the strip club law is simply the next step.

A big impetus for Iceland’s sex work laws are allegedly to prevent the exploitation of foreign women who come there to work as strippers or other sex workers. Icelandic police say 100 foreign women travel to the country annually to work in strip clubs; it is unclear how many of those women are trafficked.

Okay, so Icelanders seem like killjoys now, but look at it from their perspective.

Would you want to see Bjork swinging from a stripper pole?

I think not.

Topics: Snarkasm | 13 Comments »

13 Responses to “Iceland Bans All Strip Clubs”

  1. Watuschskie Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    From this day on I am boycotting Iceland. I will never visit that cold, barbaric place, and I will not purchase any of their products again. This will teach them a lesson!

  2. Old NFO Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Um… take it from me, they are SIGNIFICANTLY different behind closed doors… :-) Just sayin…

  3. AJ Lynch Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    That’s cause evryone in Iceland is broke these days after their banks all failed at once. You know it’s cold there so I doubt the dancers like it when a customer tries to put a small tip like an ice cold coin in her g-string.

  4. minuteman26 Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Iceland better watch out or the volcano’s going to get them. Then it won’t matter.

  5. John D Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    If there was ever a place that needed strippers, it’s a country with “ice” in it’s name. Just sayin’

  6. Crazy Politico Says:
    March 30th, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Now there is officially no reason to go there.

    Actually, even with strippers I don’t think I could have found a reason to go.

  7. Fenway_Nation Says:
    March 30th, 2010 at 7:15 am

    It’s not like that Icelandic money you’d be stuffing into their g-strings is worth anything these days…..

  8. metoo Says:
    March 30th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    So how do young women in Iceland get their college monies now???? And, they are NOT being sold…it’s more on the level of rented for small increments of time. What a kill joy!

  9. Jon Brooks Says:
    March 30th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I will solve Icelands problem for them. Just rent out the stage space to people (preferably nice looking, young (but legal), women or men (for ladies night) who are not employees but are exhibitionists. This gets around the ‘employees’ specification in the law.

    Next week I’ll solve the volcano problem for them.

  10. Ingineer66 Says:
    March 30th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Jon that entrepreneurial spirit is why the US is the greatest nation on earth.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 30th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Watuschskie – Do they have products people can purchase?

    Old NFO – You are my go-to guy for all things overseas.

    AJ – Put a small tip in her G-string? Hey, this is a family blog!

    Minuteman26 – Krakatoa, east of Java . . .

    John D – Darned tootin’.

    CP – Well there’s the . . . um . . . I got nuthin’.

    Fenway_Nation – It’s like going to a nudie bar in Greece. Money’s no good there.

    MeToo – And some amounts of rental time are smaller then others, depending on the age of the man.

    Jon – You da man!

    Ingineer66 – “From sea to shining sea . . . “

  12. CMouse Says:
    March 30th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I wonder if they’ve ever heard of how unpopular the Volstead Act was in the United States?

  13. Woody Says:
    March 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Yes, yes I would. I think Bjork is a cutie, and I’d rather see her grab a pole than a microphone.