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Bristol City Council Accused Of Sexism After Banning Strip Clubs But Allowing Dreamboys To Perform

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Bristol City Council Accused Of Sexism After Banning Strip Clubs But Allowing Dreamboys To Perform

A council in England has found itself embroiled in a sexism row after it announced plans to ban lapdancing clubs while permitting a male stripping act to perform.

Bristol officials are in the process of introducing a new policy, which could see the closure of all the city's sexual entertainment venues (SEVs).

However, Bristol-based lapdancers have accused council authorities of bending the rules as the Dreamboys are performing in the city later in June.

The Dreamboys are heading on tour in 2021 (Credit: Instagram - dreamboys)
The Dreamboys are heading on tour in 2021 (Credit: Instagram - dreamboys)
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The all-male troupe dance provocatively and strip during their performances - prompting a female exotic dancer to complain that it's one rule for men and another for women.

The dancer, called Chloe, told the BBC: "We haven't got any kind of beef between us and the Dreamboys. This isn't like an us versus them thing.

"One set of workers is being welcomed but another is constantly targeted. It does seem like it's sexism."

However, Bristol City Council pointed out that lap dancing venues and touring glamour performance groups operate under separate licences, and that the Dreamboys' performance at Pryzm nightclub is more like 'cabaret'.

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Lap dancers are left annoyed that the Dreamboys are still allowed to perform in the city (Credit: YouTube - Dreamboys)
Lap dancers are left annoyed that the Dreamboys are still allowed to perform in the city (Credit: YouTube - Dreamboys)

A spokesperson for the Council explained: "The council's licensing committee developed a draft policy that, if implemented, could lead to the closure of existing licensed Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs) in Bristol.

"This is a timely review as the current SEV policy has been in place for ten years.

"The new draft policy will go to public consultation this summer."

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The final decision on the matter will be made by the licensing committee.

The Dreamboys are known for their full-on routines (Credit: Instagram - Dreamboys)
The Dreamboys are known for their full-on routines (Credit: Instagram - Dreamboys)

Dreamboys' owner and director Alice Wood said she supported the female strippers and sympathised with their predicament.

The Dreamboys' 2021 tour, titled Too Hard To Resist, is described on its website as being "a mind-blowing West End-style production full of ripped torsos, captivating choreography and endless surprises that are bound to leave you begging for more.

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"Our world-renowned production has seen millions across the globe attend to witness the best looking and most talented male entertainers the UK has to offer."

Former Love Island star, Michael Griffiths, will be touring alongside the Dreamboys for some of their shows.

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Topics: UK News, News

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