I occasionally (once or twice a year) visit a strip club with a couple of friends. Apart from the obvious attraction of the ladies on the stage, I find that it often generates interesting or unexpected situations or raises interesting questions that cause pause for thought. I would be interested to hear other people’s experiences and how they feel about such establishments including (but not limited to) those who don’t like them, to discuss why they feel as they do and explore the arguments in an open and non-confrontational way. To start the ball rolling here are a few of my recent experiences: Being chatted up by a girl in a strip club – which was kind of weird and amazing at the same time and started me thinking why is she here? Is she a prostitute? A perspective dancer? A lesbian? Is she an official checking the club out? All of which I think I was able to rule out. In the end I concluded that she was just a liberally minded woman who was in the club with a few male and female friends having a laugh! Seeing one of the girls take a guy into a private booth who judging from appearances probably suffered from Downs’s syndrome to some degree. Having a guy who I had never met before take a picture of me and one of his friends in the club sitting whilst we were drinking - with pole in the background (no dancers on stage or in the photo). Chatting to strippers who seemed very friendly/down to earth types that gave every impression they were very happy working there and actually enjoyed their jobs. Reading that some of the greatest feminist opponents of strip clubs (and not all feminists are opposed to strip clubs) reserve their most vitriolic attacks for dancers who express views like the one above and who don’t conform to the need to be rescued expectation.