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Women’s Health Bodies and Everybody’s Discrimination News

August 8, 2009

Nashville, TN’s Metro Councilman Michael Craddock had the following to say in response to the planned opening of the first strip club in the state to have male dancers.

“I’m sick to my stomach – I’m just absolutely sick. It’s different for a man to show himself than a woman. It’s another step in the wrong direction.”

First, it’s obvious and offensive BS that Craddock is spewing here, that women’s bodies are appropriate for objectification but men’s bodies are off limits – women are appropriate entertainment (and we certainly do have women strippers in Nashville), but somehow it’s all just too shocking and disgusting for a man to be a stripper – men are better than that (that=women) and shouldn’t have to be looked upon that way, right? Women of District 4, nice how your Councilperson sees you, huh?

Craddock also opposed the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance in Nashville, which would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of reasons why Metro government could not lawfully fail or refuse to hire, promote, fire or discriminate against an individual (in addition to the existing nondiscrimination policy for race, religion, creed, gender, national origin, color, age and disability). He called it “pandering,” and argued that the city should just have diversity training, and that the existing fines for discrimination aren’t an effective deterrent.

I haven’t heard Craddock argue, however, for taking discrimination more seriously through more “effective” fines, or arguing for allowing hiring and firing based on the other identity criteria (I doubt the Baptist deacon is going to argue for removing the religion criteria, for example). I don’t buy his argument diversity training is a good substitute for a real policy with consequences – as this piece notes, explaining something to homophobes is not the same as preventing them from discriminating in hiring and firing or having actual consequences (however small). So you’ll forgive me if I suspect that if Craddock is “sick to his stomach” thinking about naked men dancing, there might be more than a wee bit of homophobia involved, more so than actual concern about the appropriate ways to attack discrimination in local government.

District 4, vote this sexist, homophobic joker out the first chance you get. Craddock can be contacted at michael.craddock@nashville.gov.

[See also: Aunt B at Pith in the Wind]

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ethel permalink
    August 12, 2009 8:02 pm

    Well, more then that ” It’s different for a man to show himself than a woman. ” is true because as women we don’t own our bodies – to some people that is, we are vessels and not people, we really are objects and not real humans. So yes it’s different, only because the dude doesn’t value women.

    • August 13, 2009 7:11 am

      To me that is not evidence that it’s truly, inherently different, but further evidence that that “dude” and some other people have some issues with women and men and non-heterosexuals and gender roles.

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