Sex + City’s Feb. 13 presentation of the documentary “Live Nude Girls Unite!” gave City College audience members an in-depth look into the world of peep shows, lap dancing, and stripping.
“Live Nude Girls Unite!” highlights the historical unfair treatment of female adult entertainers and the issues they face: racism, lack of privacy, harassment and unequal pay. Most women in the film are college-educated and worked at the now defunct Lusty Lady peep show—the world’s only unionized gentleman’s club.
The film documents continuing unsatisfactory working conditions that led to a strike in hopes of helping dancers attain better working conditions. In front of the Lusty Lady peep show theaters located in downtown Seattle and in the North Beach district of San Francisco, female performers came together to chant the words, “Two, four, six, eight—don’t go in and masturbate.”
Since, Lusty Lady has closed its doors and today no union exists for exotic dancers, strippers, or female performers of the adult entertainment industry.
Following the presentation, film-viewers discussed whether the women of that era had the right to unionize in the fight for better working conditions. The majority agreed the female performers did indeed have that right.
Overall, the documentary successfully shows that females performing peep shows, striptease, and other adult entertainment are not mere sex objects, but rather women who deserve the same rights in the workplace as those working in other employment industries.