So as part of my research for an upcoming article, I needed find out the strip club regulations in various cities. I figured the best way do this would be contact the strip clubs themselves–who, after all, have to abide by the regs. That has led to several conversations like the one below, which I had with the general manager of a club in Baltimore this afternoon.
Me: So what’s the law on nudity in Baltimore?
Her: We’re all-nude in the city. Baltimore County is pasties and a g-string. But the dancers have to be on a platform that’s at least 18 inches off the ground.
Me: And can you serve alcohol?
Me: What about lap dances?
Her: Well, we call them “table dances.” There’s no touching.
Me: By customers or by dancers?
Her: Dancers can’t touch each other. They can touch customers, but the customers can’t touch back.
Me: But they’re nude?
Her: Oh, no. Dancers have to be in uniform when they give table dances. Of course, there’s also the Champagne Room. But we consider that private, so the rules are a little looser there.
Me: I see. Any other laws you think are worth noting?
Her: Hmm. Well, there’s no toy play. And a dancer isn’t allowed to touch herself on stage.
Me: At all?
Her: Well, no, not at all. But, you know. She can’t, like, pleasure herself.
Me: Ah. So she can’t touch her genitals.
Her: She can touch them, but she can’t masturbate. Or pretend to. No penetration.
Me: Gotcha. Can she touch other parts of her body?
Her: She can, but it can’t be stimulating. So she can cup or squeeze her breasts, but she isn’t allowed to tweak her nipples, for example.
Me: So the difference between cupping and tweaking is the difference between following the law or breaking it?
Her: Yep . . . You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?
Me: I do love my job.