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September 16th, 2007

I just wanted to be able to type that. I don’t get enough junk mail around here. No kidding, that’s the name of the film Hockey God and I watched last night — Live Nude Girls Unite! It’s a documentary about the strippers who unionized at the Lusty Lady club in San Francisco.

We like boobs around here, and unions. So it was the perfect film for us, no? (Their organizing efforts took place in ’96-’97 — the film is from 2000.) Here are their suggestions for how to unionize your sex shop, fyi.

Happy Sunday!



  1. marcia says

    I seem to be having trouble posting a comment. I’ll try this again…..Another real life version of BOOBS A LOT…by the HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS! For a good time….Check it out…

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  2. marcia says

    AND THEN>>>>all 3 posts show up! Sorry about that Wacky Mommy! My computer must have been having a brain spasm.

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  3. WackyMommy says

    Naw, it was my junk mail filter.

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  4. Michelle at Scribbit says

    That ought bring the search engines out in full force! :)

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  5. BlackFriend says

    I was talking to a friend about this a couple of weeks ago. I was talking that sex work as an empowering choice is not available to women in the bottom rungs of the industry (race, body size, education). The folks that get to organize, etc. are the same folks at the top of the hierarchy of sex work, nannies, housecleaners vs. personal organizers. The Irish/English Nannies organized for starting wages of $20/hr in the SF area around this same time period. Brown and black nannies were not “empowered” in that way.

    So yes, if you’re an educated, white dancer with some family support as opposed to “family to support” it’s a great idea.

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  6. WackyMommy says

    BlackFriend, I get ya.

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  7. Steve says

    BlackFriend, one of the main reasons the workers at Lusty Lady organized was scheduling workers based on race, hair color and breast size. Before the contract, if they were sick, they would have to find somebody “like them” in those ways to cover their shift, or they’d have to work sick.

    One of the most important clauses in their contract was that Lusty Lady stopped scheduling by race.

    That said, your observations are absolutely correct in general. I just wanted to point out that in this particular contract, racial discrimination was an important factor, both as an impetus to organize and in the contract they eventually won.

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  8. BlackFriend says

    The Lusty Lady was considered one of the more progressive places in SF, in that they actually HIRED different looking people prior to the unionization. A lot of smarties worked there. I had many friends who worked there that would’ve never been hired at O’Farrell Brothers. Which was considered the pre-eminent strip club since I was breastless girl.

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  9. jennster says

    are you typing naked?! are we all reading naked? cause that would rock. lol

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  10. WackyMommy says

    I *am* typing nekkid, how did you guess?

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