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SAN FRANCISCO: Lusty Lady needs investment bigger than 1s and 5s
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/10/12 | C.W. Nevius

Posted on 05/10/2012 8:11:16 PM PDT by SmithL

The Lusty Lady has been serving the nude dancer and peep show needs of North Beach for nearly 30 years. But now that it is facing financial problems, San Franciscans should remember the club's place in the city's colorful history.

A case can be made that the Lady is the most pro-feminist strip club in the city - and maybe in history.

In 1996, the dancers at the Lusty Lady created a national sensation when they became the first nude club to create an "exotic dancers union." Seven years later, they had another landmark moment when the dancers banded together to form a workers' cooperative and buy the club from the original owners.

The board of directors also made a point to employ diverse body types and ethnically diverse dancers. So they are exotic, erotic and politically correct. How much more San Francisco can you get?

But now the Lusty Lady's business model is failing them.

On Wednesday a few of the girls...called on the city to recognize and support this civic jewel.

Or a tarnished jewel

Granted, once you walk over the tattered and stained rug in the back room, "jewel" is not the first word to come to mind. And it is hard to imagine San Francisco's power brokers banding together to save a venue where the business model is to insert a $1 bill (no more quarters) in a slot so customers can watch live, nude dancers through a window.

Yet the ladies argue they are one of only two privately owned venues left in the city - the rest have gone corporate with strippers that look like Barbie dolls. They don't serve alcohol (which also allows them to put on a totally nude show). And they made "talk to a live, nude girl" a local catch phrase.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: lustylady; onlyinsanfrancisco; sanfranciscovalues; unionthugs

1 posted on 05/10/2012 8:11:22 PM PDT by SmithL
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"Since 2008 my paychecks have been going down, down, down," said Bijou. "I'm making half of what I was making when I started in 2005."
Unions help a lot of people like that.
2 posted on 05/10/2012 8:12:19 PM PDT by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: SmithL

so, they want taxpayers to subsidize them?

lol


3 posted on 05/10/2012 8:17:52 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SmithL

Wow so the Obama economy is hurting the strippers.


4 posted on 05/10/2012 8:25:24 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: SmithL

Only a union could destroy a business built on sex.

A union or the government.

Worse yet, a government union!


5 posted on 05/10/2012 8:26:46 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SmithL
Looks like the gravy train days weren't so bad under President Dubya years afterall. Under King BOZerO's banner of (less pocketbook) change, well...not so much!
6 posted on 05/10/2012 8:45:08 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: SmithL
A case can be made that the Lady is the most pro-feminist strip club in the city - and maybe in history.

A male San Francisco tourist needs a pro-feminist strip club like a fish needs a bicycle.

7 posted on 05/10/2012 8:46:06 PM PDT by TChad
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To: SmithL
the Lusty Lady's business model is failing them.

Noooooooooooooo. The capitalism model is sooooooo evil and wrong. /s

8 posted on 05/10/2012 8:48:28 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: SmithL
walk over the tattered and stained rug

I'm not even gonna ask what the stains are. Nope. Not going there...

9 posted on 05/10/2012 8:50:21 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Hookers and peelers are one of the best indicators of the health of the economy. They love their chrome, their mischief and what money can do. If the money isn’t there, they move on.

If you have a thriving economy the single guys have high disposable income. Once that dries up , the hookers move on to greener pastures.
They are on the leading edge.

Newspapers and financial reports wait for the information to come in and that’s typically a year later.
Accordingly, if the hookers come to town and stay, that means there is a economic motor running somewhere providing the single men with that disposable income that the girls like.

Great real estate leading indicators!


10 posted on 05/10/2012 8:53:26 PM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: SmithL

Time to relocate to the Castro district and go Tranny to evolve and AIDS the business revenues. Sorry ladies but those San Frans Mans no likey the ladies cans.


11 posted on 05/10/2012 8:54:23 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: SmithL

The internet is full of free porn. People are not going to go to a strip joint unless it offers some extra services.


12 posted on 05/10/2012 8:54:47 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: SmithL

Time to relocate to the Castro district and go Tranny to evolve and AIDS the business revenues. Sorry ladies but those San Frans Mans no likey the ladies cans.


13 posted on 05/10/2012 8:55:32 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: SmithL; a fool in paradise

14 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SmithL

15 posted on 05/10/2012 8:59:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SmithL

ugly strippers don’t make much money

and as the economy gets tougher... waitressed and strippers get better looking. that’s nothing new.

unions try to help strippers keep their job... while preventing the prettier strippers from moving in (punishing ‘success’ or ‘talent’?)

my guess, there is a competing club in the area that has no union... and therefore better quality personnel


16 posted on 05/10/2012 8:59:29 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: mamelukesabre

this must be the fault of bush


17 posted on 05/10/2012 9:36:53 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: SmithL

SF was never the same after DiFi was mayor. She made them put plastic windows over the front of the peep booths in the Ultra Room at the O’Farrell Street Theater.

Uhhh, so I’m told.


18 posted on 05/10/2012 9:55:50 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: TChad
A male San Francisco tourist needs a pro-feminist strip club like a fish needs a bicycle.

A male San Francisco native needs a female strip club like a fish needs a bicycle.

19 posted on 05/10/2012 9:57:39 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: himno hero

“peelers”

What’s a peeler? A pickpocket? A pimp?


20 posted on 05/11/2012 4:52:47 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Its someone from the constituency of Peel or a descendent of Sir Robert Peel. Really, you have never heard that? Peel a orange? Peel off those clothes?....remove the outer layer?


21 posted on 05/11/2012 7:21:16 AM PDT by himno hero (UQ)
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To: jocon307

At one time a “Peeler” was a London cop. Call that after Sir Robert Peel the head of London’s police force. Later they were referred to as “Bobbies”. What it means in queer land, I do not and probably not want to know.


22 posted on 05/11/2012 7:29:34 AM PDT by sport
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To: mamelukesabre
The internet is full of free porn. People are not going to go to a strip joint unless it offers some extra services.

I don't think Lusty Lady's policy of "ethnic and body-type diversity" helps.

I've seen the inside of a strip joint. You know who makes money stripping? Attractive white girls, preferably blonde, 18-23 in age with athletic figures. It's depressing to watch the tables empty when a black girl steps on stage but that's exactly what happens.

23 posted on 05/11/2012 7:54:41 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: himno hero
Really, you have never heard that? Peel a orange? Peel off those clothes?....remove the outer layer?

My old skipper called those places "peel clubs" and while I had never heard the term before, it wasn't hard to figure out what he meant.

24 posted on 05/11/2012 7:56:37 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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