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07/23/2009 09:39 PM ID: 79821 Permalink   

If You Are 16 You Can Strip In Rhode Island


Rhode Island is a state where indoor prostitution is legal, but it also is a state that allows anyone from the age of 16 and up to legally strip. There never was a question until a 16-year-old runaway was found working at a strip club.

It is up to each city and town to decide laws about adult entertainment. Providence city solicitors are saying there never has been a push to keep teens off the poles; it hasn't been an issue until now.

Peg Langhammer, Executive Director at Day One, says "It isn't until later that we allow them to drive alone and we have a law that allows them to strip in clubs? It really is disgraceful." Her organization will be fighting to change the law.

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I never knew Rhode Island was such a libertarian state.
  by: ben_reilly     07/23/2009 09:54 PM     
Is 'libertarian' the new word for 'liberal'?

Maybe it's less offensive.
  by: jamesmc   07/24/2009 12:22 AM     
if they are legally aloud to screew why not strip?
  by: shiftyfarker   07/24/2009 01:10 AM     
some may want to have sex and even strip other will be pushed into it, 16 is a gullible age for many, the brain is not yet adult at that age, even if the body is.
  by: captainJane     07/24/2009 01:14 AM     
No, "libertarian" is what Ron Paul calls himself. They believe in fewer laws altogether, and agree with liberals on some social issues. Of course, you could have found your own answers, but I'm always happy to help the less informed members here.
  by: ben_reilly     07/24/2009 01:17 AM     
  A is for apples  
U.S. libertarianism is often thought to refer to the free market pro-property position along with smaller government, and lesser taxes
  by: sour4d20     07/24/2009 01:24 AM     
naturally bald!
  by: dook   07/24/2009 01:31 AM     
Despite the hyper-obsessive focus of some of the younger Ronnie-come-lately libertarians on fiscal issues, traditional libertarianism has always been just as much about fewer laws regulating social behavior, meaning no laws prohibiting prostitution, gay marriage, drug use, etc.
  by: ben_reilly     07/24/2009 01:37 AM     
  @ ben  
That is what i said "smaller government, lesser taxes" pretty much plays in to less regulation and less laws because you have less spending on enforcement.

So what is "traditional Libertarianism"?
How many different variations of libertarianism are there?
When did "traditional Libertarianism" first develop and in what nation?
  by: sour4d20     07/24/2009 02:16 AM     
you can't really stop them from f**king, as you put it, but you can (and in my opinion should) stop them from stripping. Any 16 yr. old who strips is completely messed up in the head. Once they start doing that, they can't simply "change their mind" later. Yes they can stop stripping but it will be public knowledge that they did it. They will have that "former stripper" tag on them forever.
  by: gryphon50a   07/24/2009 02:20 AM     
  To me, thats just wrong  
Wouldn't that be considered child pornography?
  by: DoubleTake   07/24/2009 02:42 AM     
I really could care less. If you'd like to find out more about libertarianism, I'm confident that's possible.
  by: ben_reilly     07/24/2009 06:20 AM     
still keep the 18-year-old age suitable for doing such a thing.
  by: vizhatlan     07/24/2009 01:02 PM     
That is how I feel about it. I feel that at 16 it is still way too young to be getting into a job like this. And yet someone else made a point that I can understand (not agree with), which is many of these strippers are supporting young kids and some drug habits I'm sure someone will point out.

Some people have to do whatever it takes to survive. I would go apeshit if it were my daughter. I also won't judge the girls that are doing it because I don't know why they choose that job. But yes, 16 is too young and the men or women that are watching should be warned somehow.
  by: TaraB     07/24/2009 01:33 PM     
"I really could care less."

Hate to be 'that guy', but the phrase is 'couldn't care less'.
  by: barryriley   07/24/2009 01:52 PM     
Naturally bald? At 16? I think you've met a few girls who've been lying about their age! ;-)
  by: TabbyCool     07/24/2009 02:22 PM     
That one always winds me up too, it's one of the most commonly misused phrases going!
  by: TabbyCool     07/24/2009 02:24 PM     
  @Tabby, TabbyCool  
Sorry, it must come from my reluctance to have sexual relations with children :D

If only mr jackson were still with us to clarify!
  by: dook   07/24/2009 04:44 PM     

Here you go, this should cover everything you need to know.
  by: archbobert   07/24/2009 06:08 PM     
"free market pro-property position along with smaller government, and lesser taxes"
That describes a Republican to a tee. I guess that's why Ron Paul is a member of the GOP.
  by: Lurker     07/24/2009 06:28 PM     
My take on libertarianism is that its similar to anarchism in some respects. Many libertarians think the state needs to be altogether removed. This one of the end goals of pure communism as well as anarchism.

The overall idea is to create a state that basically stays out of your business or possibly to not even have to have any government whatsoever.

We all know that we as people are to crazy and do way to many dumb things to not have a government of some sort. So in that case most libertarians are basically for small efficient government that has low taxes, defensive military only and stays out of your business.

Truly if you look at it from a classical view of the founding fathers, they were developing the original US Federal system to work along these lines and that the states would be the majority powers. However after years and years of growth of the bureaucracy, its pretty plain to see that the US today is nothing like the intended government it was founded on...

At least that is my take on libertarianism. I consider myself a quasi libertarian since I think I should be able to do as I please and not have to get a license or registration for nearly any action I want to partake in! As long as I am not hurting anyone the government should have no business in my life.

A good quote:

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."

-Thomas Jefferson

That above quote is a major reason why I both despise and fear large government.
  by: slavefortheman     07/24/2009 06:28 PM     
Yeah, but libertarians have this notion than anything bigger than what they like is too big of a government. And they can't even agree on that. Some would abolish public education; others realize what a lunatic idea that is.

I bet if you go through those things you need a license or permit to do, though, you'll find that every single one of them has the potential to cause harm and that the license tends to reassure people that you're responsible with your automobile, boat or hunting rifle ...
  by: ben_reilly     07/24/2009 06:58 PM     
  Lets go to the source  
If you want to know more about Libertarianism and the Libertarian Party, please refer to There is absolutely no sense in debating the definition when the authoritative Libertarian website is so easily accessible.
And yes, I do consider myself to be a Libertarian. I am registered and vote that way whenever possible.
  by: tomblik     07/24/2009 10:50 PM     
I thought it was already legalized back when Brittany Spears became popular.
  by: Kolman   07/25/2009 06:14 AM     
I could care less what you think about my choice of phraseology. I think that common usage beats anal-retentive logic when it comes to language, which is, after all, used by quirky, illogical humans.
  by: ben_reilly     07/25/2009 07:53 AM     
2 more years she'll be able to... nevermind
  by: ru18yet   07/25/2009 01:21 PM     
It's a location thing. In the UK we always say "Couldn't care less" so as you can imagine, it's really strange to see people write "Could care less" because it doesn't really make sense.
  by: dook   07/25/2009 05:42 PM     
I'm so moving to Rhode Island... Oh, wait, 16 is legal age here for um.. Well never mind but hey!

  by: kristmen   07/25/2009 06:51 PM     
Hey, if it's legal, do 2 at a time :)
  by: dook   07/25/2009 07:09 PM     
also pants-less

  by: Mannyishere     07/25/2009 08:13 PM     
  I'd rather see the stripping than...  
...prostituting. And in many cases that's exactly the choice. This is a no-clear-right-answer argument. On the one hand making it legal will probably mean more of them will do it. On the other hand some girls really will be able to avoid prostitution by stripping instead.

I don't think it's a lifelong stigma anymore. (as someone stated.) Most people won't ever know, and those that do won't admit it. In fact most people, even if they know, won't look down on them for it.

Yet the whole idea of hyper-sexualizing a 16 year old, as would happen with a stripper, can't be healthy. The best that can be said about it is it's better than prostitution.

Like I said, this is a no-clear-right-answer argument.

Perhaps the answers don't come in a simple yes or no answer to whether it should be allowed. Perhaps the answers come in the form of better services and support for teenage runaways. Give them better options and they won't have to choose between stripping and prostituting.
  by: mystylplx   07/26/2009 04:47 AM     
  I say  
If not forced into it, let them do it. They have children at this age, they can drive and kill someone at this age, why not dancing on the pole!?
  by: skcusswentrohs     07/26/2009 03:28 PM     
  It is odd  
They can have sex, but can't dance in a sexually provocative manner..
  by: dook   07/26/2009 03:59 PM     
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