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What It Was Like to Work
at the Lusty Lady,
a Unionized Strip Club

The Atlantic, by Lily Burana

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Posted By:Hobbiest, 9/2/2013 1:23:00 PM

To locate the ethos of San Francisco’s just-shuttered Lusty Lady peep show, one must look for a sign. Not some mystical “message from the universe” sign, as one might expect in this city of hippie roots, but an actual marquee sign. On the peep show’s Kearney Street façade, among the enticements for “Live Nudes and Movies” and “Private Booths” curling out in Olde Tyme script, is a telling graphic flourish: Two hands pointing to a banner stating “Free Admission.” (snip) The nation’s only unionized (SEIU since 1997) and dancer-run adult entertainment business closes September 2 after almost forty years in business.

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Only in San Francisco.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: The Advocate, 9/2/2013 1:54:02 PM     (No. 9502443)

Good news! Now if the same fate awaits the public unions destroying schools etc!
FTA That the closing date falls during Labor Day weekend seems especially poignant for this unique union shop."


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Reply 2 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 9/2/2013 2:16:01 PM     (No. 9502474)

Somehow, I doubt the place featured very attractive strippers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wws, 9/2/2013 2:19:21 PM     (No. 9502479)

dang, them unions will mess up everything! But yeah, #2, I figure the act would be some 300 lb. guy in a tutu named "Frank", and if you asked "what the heck are you doin´ here???" he´d say "Seniority!!!"

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tip35c, 9/2/2013 2:23:44 PM     (No. 9502484)

The SEIU could probably drive a liquor store out of business. Gifted and talented..

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Reply 5 - Posted by: quantumman, 9/2/2013 2:37:24 PM     (No. 9502501)

#2 search for the author (who used to work there)on Google Image. She could work anywhere and, from the article, I think she believes in her native abilities over collective bargaining, IJS.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 9/2/2013 3:12:30 PM     (No. 9502541)

#5. And if you read the article you´ll learn she thought the place was there to empower her feminism rather than to meet the customer´s sexual fantasies.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: shamus, 9/2/2013 3:24:41 PM     (No. 9502547)

At one point the IRS owned a bordello. It went out of business.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 9/2/2013 6:06:24 PM     (No. 9502657)

#7 It was the Chicken Ranch in Lost Wages. Pretty bad when you can´t make it selling sex and drugs. Guess they needed Rock-N-Roll, too.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 9/2/2013 6:33:40 PM     (No. 9502677)

Unions and past tense verbs are often found together. No coincidence.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Roark, 9/2/2013 7:50:04 PM     (No. 9502743)

Great Story! It beautifully captures the aspects of free markets, the comparison of good and bad business models, the effects of unionization and a dose of inverted feminism all in one short essay.

That they lasted as long as they did is an amazing testament to the foolishness of the patrons to endure the seemingly squalid conditions of the Lusty Lady served up.

It seems they forgot what business they were in (if they ever knew in the first place).

This case should be taught in business school. It would make staying awake in those evening classes easier.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bob913, 9/2/2013 10:18:44 PM     (No. 9502885)

Judging from the photos of the women I ah.. can surmise why the place closed......

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