“2 Broke Girls” appropriated stripper signifiers “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” poledancing, and thigh high PVC boots for a Super Bowl commercial, and then an Idaho congressman fired an aide who tweeted salaciously about it. In the words of the Awl, “Something about ‘Two Broke Girls’ Finally Funny.”
This isn’t really about strippers, but it’s a hilarious hand-wringing editorial called “The Stripper Bowl” about how inappropriate Beyoncé’s costuming and outfits were.
In unfunny Super Bowl news, the sex trafficking hysteria that is now a regular part of the coverage of large sporting events continues to do damage to both actual trafficked workers, neglected in other industries, and sex workers. Melissa Gira Grant is on it at The Guardian.
“My view is basically that sex work wouldn’t exist in the feminist utopia.” Well, maybe you wouldn’t exist in Ho-topia.
In response to the above discussion, Harley Quinn created this great “Whorephobia Bingo” card.
Students at the University of British Columbia who have been working to build a mobile panic button for sex workers were victims of a donation scam; they thought they’d raised $16,000 but $15,000 turned out to be fraudulent contributions.
“An argument between a husband and wife at the Golden Banana early yesterday morning resulted in both being arrested on assault charges, police said.” Don’t bring a jealous wife to the strip club.
Washington State dancers are asking for an injunction against releasing the personal information they provide for county licensing after a known stalker and current inmate, Robert Hill, requested the release of a dancer’s records.
Next Wednesday, Salon sex writer Tracy Clark-Flory will do a Q&A with Cheryl Cohen-Green at a screening of The Sessions, based on Mark O’Brien’s experiences with sex surrogate Cohen-Green.
Relevant to our interests: This Sarah Jaffe piece about the gendered origins of emotional labor, or how it’s not just sex workers who are expected to perform enjoying their work.