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Gentrification...

Sex shop Soho retreats into just a small half mile block


Link Here 17th July 2018
Full story: Sex Sells in Soho...But the authorities aren't so keen
Researchers from the University of Kent and Middlesex University have said that Soho is under threat from gentrification and corporatisation that threatens to rob it of what makes it so special.

Their study explains how the area is being sanitised with the number of licensed sex shops in the area declining from more than 50 to just 12. These are slowly being concentrated in just a small area and almost all such venues in Soho are now located within a small half-a-mile block.

The process of gentrification in this area has further marginalised already vulnerable groups (including homeless populations and sex workers) and the sanitisation of the area means that many populations who have lived and worked in this area for generations will no longer be able to part of the Soho community.

 

 

Lets ban everything...

Sheffield feminists win judicial review claiming that the council should consider the impact of strip clubs on the 'wider community'


Link Here 30th June 2018
Full story: Lap Dancing in Sheffield...The usual nutter protests
Feminist campaigners in Sheffield have won a legal case claiming that the local council failed to consider the impact on the community when it licensed a strip club, paving the way for activists across the country to challenge similar venues.

In a judicial review in Leeds high court, campaigners argued the council had only considered the impact on women and gender equality at the branch of Spearmint Rhino, and had failed in its legal obligation to consider the impact on the wider community -- the so-called public sector equality duty.

The council conceded partway through the case that it had not consulted properly, and must now go back to the drawing board.

The new consultation exercise could lead to Spearmint Rhino being forced out of Sheffield. However, the council said the strip club operator's current licence still stands and would not be removed as a result of the court case.

The judge in the case, Mrs Justice Philippa Whipple, criticised the council, saying it was the second time its policy on strip clubs had been successfully challenged in court. This is the second judicial review the council has conceded on the same issue, and conceded on public sector equality duties grounds on both occasions, she said. That is disappointing. I hope council will take it seriously.

Surely everything will have to be banned if such logic is allowed to stand, after all restaurants and take aways contribute to wider obesity issues, pubs contribute to wider health issues, mobile devices contribute to no end of wider societal issues and most forms of transport contribute to wider climate issues.

 

 

Updated: Can we have a few spaces safe from the PC lynch mob?...

Sheffield University has a masterplan to impose its brand of PC intolerance on a local lap dancing club


Link Here 25th June 2018
Full story: Lap Dancing in Sheffield...The usual nutter protests
Spearmint Rhino, which has been on Brown Street in Sheffield for more than 15 years, has applied for its sexual entertainment venue licence to be renewed.

And now the local university, Sheffield Hallam, has decided to initiate a morality campaign against the venue.

A Sheffield Hallam University spokesperson claimed the club could seriously undermine its multimillion-pound masterplan for the area.

However not all university students follow the intolerance extreme and PC that once has come to expect from academia. A female student who wrote to support the application said removing a safe workplace for women is irresponsible. She said:

Removing a safe workplace for a great many women without consulting with them or whether that is what they want and need is irresponsible at best and at worst will cause direct harm.

However the university said students walk past around the clock and are entitled to feel safe and secure. A spokesperson also claimed it undermines equality and diversity.

Councillors are due to consider the club's application on 19 June.

Update: Women protest in support of Spearmint Rhino

20th June 2018. See  article from bbc.com

Campaigners for and against a strip club have demonstrated outside a council meeting to discuss the licence renewal for Spearmint Rhino in Sheffield.

Sheffield Hallam University, leading objections, said a lap dancing club so close to a world class university was ludicrous.

But Charlie Murphy, of Sheffield Students' Union Labour group, said:

Feminism is not about telling other women what to do with their bodies and what jobs to do.

Women should have full autonomy. Shutting down a strip club claiming it is feminism whilst simultaneously putting women out of work is not feminist.

All labour is exploitative. Claiming that women are being exploited by Spearmint Rhino is no different to saying you are being exploited when you work in a supermarket.

Single mother Rachel McCoy who performs at the club, described women in the industry as strong and supportive. She said financially the job had transformed my family's world.

Update: Licence renewed

22nd June 2018. See article from bbc.com

A Sheffield lap dancing club has had its operating licence renewed despite dozens of objections from feminists on morality grounds.

Spearmint Rhino, on Brown Street, has operated for 15 years without trouble and the chair of licensing, councillor David Barker, said there was no evidence of poor practices at the club. Granting the licence, Barker said:

There was a very strong case against sexual entertainment in general from the objectors. However, we could find no strong evidence of poor practices or detrimental impact on the local area arising from the operation of the club.

Offsite article: Trashy Swerfs in Licence Objection Failure

25th June 2018. See  article from strippingtheillusion.blogspot.com

An interesting investigation into the campaigns for and against Spearmint Rhino.

 



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