Senate Bill 16 - Bad for Neighborhoods, Bad for Ohio
In this post (link probably NSFW), an adult entertainer by the name of Strippergreyson predicts that Senate Bill 16 would lead to more adult entertainment in private residences:
Well, it looks like a win for private dancers such as myself. The US Supreme Court has already stated that governments cannot ban adult entertainment. All this will do is close clubs and push dancers into private homes.(link via Technorati)
There is only one problem with that for the CCV. It is understood that constitutional freedoms are even stronger and open to less regulation in a private residence.
Like I said, dancers will flee the clubs like rats from a sinking ship if the money dries up. They will simply follow the money to private parties in private homes.
Strippergreyson is probably right. Vice laws don't make vice go away, they just push it underground or behind closed doors, and S.B. 16 would be no exception. The movement of adult entertainment into private residences is disturbing for a couple of reasons.
First, I seem to remember a recent case out of Durham, North Carolina that involved exotic dancing at a party in a private residence. You might have read or heard something about that case. It attracted a fair bit of media attention.
It would be disingenuous to argue that adult entertainment in a private residence proximately caused the Duke lacrosse debacle. It had more to do with a complainant who lied and a prosecutor who withheld exculpatory evidence. And yet, had the Duke lacrosse players gone to a strip club rather than held a private party, things would have been better for all concerned. First, there would probably not have been any underage drinking. Licensed establishments take the prevention of underage drinking very seriously. Otherwise, they don't stay licensed for long. Second, there would have been a lot of disinterested eyewitnesses around. Third, strip clubs have bouncers, so strip club patrons who get out of hand are removed from the premises.
Another problem with the proliferation of residential adult entertainment that likely would result from Senate Bill 16 is the negative effect on neighborhoods. I don't think I'd want one of my neighbors regularly holding adult entertainment parties in my neighborhood, making noise and taking up all of the street parking. S.B. 16 would make such a scenario more likely than it is now.
You can help prevent the proliferation of adult entertainment in residential neighborhoods. Please tell your state representative to vote NO on Senate Bill 16. Go here to find your representative's contact information.