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Strip-Club Ban Cements Iceland's Feminist Cred

Female politicians key to movement
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 9:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – A law that forbids any business from making a profit off its employees’ nudity has sounded the death knell for strip clubs, and indeed the sex industry as a whole, in Iceland—news that has Julie Bindel hailing the island as the world’s most feminist country. Iceland is the first to put the kibosh on stripping for woman-friendly—as opposed to religious—reasons, Bindel notes in the Guardian.

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And it’s all thanks to the number of women in high political places: Almost half of its legislators are women, including Johanna Sigurdardottir, the country’s first female head of state—and the world’s first openly lesbian leader. “Once you break past the glass ceiling and have more than one third of female politicians,” one of the number tells Bindel, “something changes. Feminist energy seems to permeate everything.”
(Read more Johanna Sigurdardottir stories.)

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