More than 100 drunk women brawled after a dispute over the view at a male strip show in Nanaimo--just north of Victoria, B.C.--over the weekend. "I guess one woman assaulted another woman who was blocking her view and then all hell broke loose," Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Gary O'Brien told the Nanaimo Daily news. There were no serious injuries, but let's focus on what's really important: More than 100 women in a small Canadian town went to see male strippers?! At Seattle's only barely-still-in-existence male strip joint Centerfolds, it's a good night if a dozen patrons show up.
The difference between there and here? Booze.Three years ago, on assignment, I grabbed a friend and a fistful of cash and headed into the financially struggling Centerfolds to watch men with washboard abs take their clothes off. (It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.) With only soda on the drink menu, there was barely an audience to speak of until a bachelorette party arrived. And even then the club was hardly crowded.
But drop in at the amateur strip night at R Place, and the upper floor is so packed you can barely breathe. There the city's rules about distance from naked gyrators aren't too carefully observed and the alcohol flows.
So too in Canada. Get women drunk and they'll fight each other for the chance to stuff bills down a dancer's g-string. While here in sober stripping Seattle, Centerfolds' male stripping business was so bad, the club finally gave up and went women-only with the exception of the first Thursday of each month, according to an employee who answers the phone.