LaDIYfest Sheffield have been made aware that ‘Zero Option’ are calling on the Sheffield Council to reject the application for a renewal of the SEV (Sexual Entertainment Venue) licence from lap dancing club, Spearmint Rhino.
We encourage people to read a statement written by the Edinburgh Feminists when a similar situation arose in York the other year. Like the Edinburgh Feminists, we offer our solidarity to the dancers of the clubs under threat – we support their right to bodily autonomy and their right to work in safe conditions, and we oppose the campaign to take these women’s jobs away.
We would welcome opening up a safe dialogue not just with Zero Option, but with the women that any action would effect.
EDIT: We’ve put together a sample letter which you can use as the basis for your own letters of support. Letters and emails need to be received by 7 April – so get writing!