Iceland Gets Off the Teet

Not to be outdone by all the attention the U.S. Congress is getting over healthcare legislation, Iceland has passed a big law of its own. Earlier this week, the Icelandic parliament voted to ban stripping on the island entirely. The new law, which was passed without any votes against it and only two abstentions, will make it illegal for any business to profit off the nudity of its employees.

That means all of the tiny country’s strip clubs will have to shut down, and topless bartenders will become a thing of the past. Icelandic police estimate that some 100 foreign women travel to Iceland each year to work as strippers, and some are presumed to have been trafficked. Supporters of the new legislation also claim strip clubs are fronts for prostitution, and that women are there because of drugs and poverty, not because they just really love to dance.

The move has some in Europe calling Iceland “the world’s most feminist country.” The country’s prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, is a lesbian and the world’s first openly gay leader, and about half of country’s parliamentarians are women. And, feminist, not religious, principles are behind the new law, with Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir, the politician who proposed the legistlation, saying “it is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold.”

Strip club owners, meanwhile, are predictably outraged. Some are demanding to be compensated for their loss of business, and, in a local paper, one said the new law was reminiscent of women having to cover up from head to toe in Muslim countries.

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