Like Men Without Hats, Texas state representative Bill Zedler has decided that you can dance if you want to … but you’ll need to get a license first.
(Miss Pole Dance South America 2012; AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In the battle to legislate his own personal American morality, Zedler has proposed a bill to the Texas legislature that would require all employees of sexually oriented businesses to obtain a license in order to operate.
According to the Star-Telegram:
“They won’t want to get a license as a stripper from the state of Texas,” Zedler said of his legislation. “I think it would keep a lot of girls from getting involved in that lifestyle and basically wrecking their lives.
“This will force everyone to clean up their act,” he said. “Overall, it will be a benefit to everyone concerned.”
How does one define “benefit to everyone concerned?” That’s entirely subjective. It might not benefit the women who are putting themselves through school anonymously moonlighting as exotic dancers. It might not benefit the women who make more money than Zedler working half the time. It might not benefit the customers who have their boners killed.
With an outstanding conservative history with the Texas House, Zedler hopes this bill will reduce sex trafficking and increase public health awareness. His single strip club visit in college has led to an in-depth licensing program that is to be developed by the Department of Human Services.