Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right

Paperback | May 1, 2012

byJudith Lynne Hanna

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Across America, strip clubs have come under attack by a politically aggressive segment of the Christian Right. Using plausible-sounding but factually untrue arguments about the harmful effects of strip clubs on their communities, the Christian Right has stoked public outrage and incited local and state governments to impose onerous restrictions on the clubs with the intent of dismantling the exotic dance industry. But an even larger agenda is at work, according to Judith Lynne Hanna. In Naked Truth, she builds a convincing case that the attack on exotic dance is part of the activist Christian Right’s “grand design” to supplant constitutional democracy in America with a Bible-based theocracy.

Hanna takes readers onstage, backstage, and into the community and courts to reveal the conflicts, charges, and realities that are playing out at the intersection of erotic fantasy, religion, politics, and law. She explains why exotic dance is a legitimate form of artistic communication and debunks the many myths and untruths that the Christian Right uses to fight strip clubs. Hanna also demonstrates that while the fight happens at the local level, it is part of a national campaign to regulate sexuality and punish those who do not adhere to Scripture-based moral values. Ultimately, she argues, the naked truth is that the separation of church and state is under siege and our civil liberties—free speech, women’s rights, and free enterprise—are at stake.

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Across America, strip clubs have come under attack by a politically aggressive segment of the Christian Right. Using plausible-sounding but factually untrue arguments about the harmful effects of strip clubs on their communities, the Christian Right has stoked public outrage and incited local and state governments to impose onerous res...

A leading dance scholar and critic who has served as an expert court witness in more than one hundred exotic dance cases nationwide, Judith Lynne Hanna is Affiliate Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland. She has written hundreds of articles and numerous books, including To Dance Is H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.01 × 6.02 × 0.82 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPrelude: Sparks Fly: Church and State ConflictChapter 1: Scripture and Hostility to Exotic DanceChapter 2: Fighting Exotic Dance: Call to WarChapter 3: Target of Attack: Striptease 101 or Seduction by the DevilChapter 4: Nudity, Touch, and Sex: Marginal or Mainstream?Chapter 5: "Rottweilers" Lock Their Jaws: Bench TrialsChapter 6: Shooting Nude Crotches: Jury TrialsChapter 7: Exotic Dancers and Labor: Need to be Saved?Chapter 8: Christian Right Claims Club Crime: Where Are the Bodies?Chapter 9: Stripping Your First Amendment and MoreAppendices1. Exotic Dance2. Comparison3. Exotic Dance Criteria for Serious Artistic Merit4. Nudity in Exotic Dance5. Messages of Physical Distance6. Expressive Contact in Exotic Dance7. Contact in Social Dance: Lap Dance Heritage8. Exotic Dance Patrons9. Judith Lynne Hanna's Exotic Dance Expert Witness Court Testimony10. Jurisdictions that Attack Exotic Dance11. Key Christian Right Political Activists and Revenue in the News, 1995–201012. Arsenal of a Segment of the Politically Active Christian Right13. Reality and Myth: What Neighbors Say about Exotic Dance Clubs14. Protection under the Constitution of the United States of AmericaReferencesIndex

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Though her book has plenty of appendices and footnotes, it also has news stories and anecdotes, and descriptions of her testimonies in court. It is entertaining, but it is also a serious examination of how activists are trying to use sexual regulation in order to limit entertainment and enforce morality along church guidelines....Her bright, detailed, and engrossing book strongly supports free expression and shows that it makes no difference if that expression involves bodily movement, sexuality, or fantasy. - Rob Hardy