Remember 202 Market, the downtown restaurant where River Laker did an unauthorized and banal strip act in 2011? They announced some exciting news last week: Next month, they will play host to the Chippendale dancers.
Surely you have heard of the Chippendales. Those chisel-chested exhibitionists have been famous for decades. They’re the Gypsy Rose Lees of male stripping. They take off more than the go-go dancers at the infamous Papa Joe’s did.
They have danced in Virginia before — Northern Virginia, aka “the other Virginia.” But have they danced before in Bible Belt Virginia? That is unclear. But they will on Sept. 18. 202 Market must be trying to class up their joint.
Tickets ($15 in advance; $20 at the door) for the two-hour show went on sale Wednesday, and that morning there was a line of excited women at the door.
This raises several concerns.
First, it is an outrage. The 6-man revue thrives on the sexual objectification of the male physique.
Every feminist and church lady out there ought to be madder than Hades about this. They’ve never been shy about denouncing female dancers on stage, for the exact same reason.
Besides that, this is utterly demeaning to men, especially portly and hirsute middle-agers like me.
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