Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Barely legal no more in Iowa

Well, that does it for the first high-school production of Oh, Calcutta! being staged in the great state of Iowa.

Not only that, with a stroke of a gubernatorial pen, that odd place to the east of us is going to become a
hell of a lot less cultured, as the Kit-Kat Theatre of Contemporary Exotic Dance reverts to being just another damn titty bar.

YOU ALMOST can make out the pert . . . visage of Iowa's collective IQ sinking beneath the undulating, shimmying . . . fields of corn as you read between the lines of this Des Moines Register item:
A loophole in Iowa law that allows minors to perform nude dancing has been closed.

The bill, Senate File 2197, largely deals with clarifying laws around criminals who provide false identification. The Senate, however, added an amendment to end an artistic or theatrical exception to nude dancing.

Iowa became the center of discussion last month with pundits such as Bill O’Reilly from Fox News pointed to a case of a 17-year-old girl who stripped on stage in a club in the southwestern Iowa town of Hamburg in 2007.

It’s against Iowa law for anyone under 18 to perform in a live act intended to cause sexual arousal, but the law doesn’t apply to artistic or theatrical performances.

A judge in Fremont County ruled in 2008 the nude dance didn’t violate the public indecent exposure law because prosecutors failed to prove the club wasn’t a theater.

The Iowa Court of Appeals dismissed the state’s request last month for a review of the issue.

Prosecutors would no longer have to prove that the theater exemption doesn’t apply when it comes to minors dancing naked or in other ways that are lewd or intended to elicit desire, under the amendment.
I UNDERSTAND violations of the revised law are punishable by being whacked with a toilet-tank lid.

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