To whom it may concern,
I have been a lap dancer for quite some time now. I work in Portsmouth as I live here and it would be inconvenient for me to travel to other cities on regular basis (however this would happen if you shut the strip clubs in Portsmouth). I am a student at University of Portsmouth and as most people know the tuition fees are high as well as the accommodation and the life is hard when you cannot get support from your parents or the government. Being a lap dancer made my education possible, because working as a bar staff or having any other job wouldn't provide for all the expenses I have. Also I choose how many nights and hours to work so I can still attend the lectures during daytime.
If the strip clubs in Portsmouth shut that would make everything so difficult. I will most probably have to go work in other cities doing the same job, it won't stop me. If I do not have this job this means I have to drop university wasting all that time and efforts I've put in so far. I don't even want to think about this possibility because it would be ridiculous. I think of myself as a smart and intelligent girl. I am not embarrassed from my job because I don't think it is something bad or that it harms anyone. Men come to strip clubs for fun and they know there is nothing else they can get except from a dance, which does not even include any form of physical contact.
I like my job not only because of the financial part but also because I meet so many different people and enjoy some nice conversation. I've learnt so many new things, broadened my knowledge on different topics, this is something that I've never imagined or expected before I started doing this job and perhaps no one would understand that until they actually get involved in this job ... any may be this is the reason everyone judge us even though they don't know what is really going on ...
I can confirm and declare that none of the girls I've met since I've been doing this job are forced to do it. It is our own choice and we all have our reasons to do it. Even some of the girls are happily married with kids and they do this job because the hours and financial part are convenient. Girls support their families or just their children due to different circumstances, others do it to support their education or just for a bit of extra money. The important thing is that we all want to be lap dancers and this is our full or part time job. If we lose our jobs in Portsmouth won't stop us being lap dancers most of us will just move to work in other strip clubs in the country but it will just make it so inconvenient.
Please save out jobs, we like what we are doing, we are not forced to do it, strip clubs don't harm anyone and our jobs are important for us!!!
Its a good letter and once again illustrates the lies and outright hysteria that play an integral part in so many Object and locally Solent Feminist Network Campaigns.