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Nightclubs and double standards [Jul. 30th, 2006|01:09 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

The ever-increasing Grinnell contingent went dancing last night. Crush was okay, but there were only about two people dancing who weren't us, and the music was kind of hit-and-miss, so we left early. At Bar Code, there were more people dancing, and the music was better (if you like hip-hop, which I do).

One thing really bothered me, though. At Bar Code they had a platform where anyone could go up and dance above the main floor -- or, at least, that's what we thought. eliciel got up and danced for a while, to the general approval of all. (She sometimes talks about not being able to dance "normally" because of her specific training in belly dance, but I think that she just says that to make the rest of us feel better, because if anything, it helps her. Like, a whole lot.) But when dan_o_m tried it, a bouncer hurried over and yelled at him to get down (which he did). Now, I can understand why they do that -- they don't want people to see a man on the platform, assume that it must be a gay bar, and leave; and they don't want women who otherwise would go up on the platform to be intimidated by the presence of a man there. I understand it, but I don't have to like it. Is there such a thing as a gender-neutral club (suggestions, please)? Or am I limited to going to places that have explicitly declared themselves gay-friendly, just because I believe that anyone who wants to dance on the platform should damn well be able to dance on the platform? That's stupid. Plus, the bartender shortchanged me, and then someone impaled my toe on her stiletto. We might be boycotting Bar Code for a while.

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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-07-30 10:14 pm (UTC)
I don't know about these hip-hop clubs. For me, hip-hop doesn't come from clubs. It comes from gutters. Literally. That is why I wrote a book about the REAL hip-hop, with me sleeping in ditches.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-07-31 12:28 am (UTC)
Heh. Well, they were playing it at the club. That doesn't mean that it came from there. It might have come from somewhere far away, in more than one sense.

I was really sorry that my Play in the Dark party never really happened. I wanted to see you freestyle.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-07-31 04:51 am (UTC)
Ah, well you are one. My freestyling seems to have some fans, but many more detractors. Which I sometimes attribute to the prevailing terrorist epistemology, but maybe I am just annoying.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-07-31 02:25 am (UTC)
I could never bring myself to visit Bar Code... it's in the former location of the Spirit Room, and while the Spirit Room was only open for a few months, it was comforting to have a place where you could order a Filet Mignon at 3:30AM. I mean, back when I ate meat, that is.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-07-31 05:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm...there's nowhere else? Doug Fir, maybe?

I don't know. The only steak I've eaten in the last several years is that which comes from my parents' farm. I think it would be hard to find a restaurant steak that's better.
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