This particular thought has always caused me an unusual amount of confusion in addition to an inordinate number of questions. Why do male same gender loving (bisexual or gay) bars and establishments always label bare practitioner (naked, nude) dancers as XXX rated entertainment? The facility itself is primarily focused on a same gender loving audience and the overwhelming majority of those in attendance are the same. Thus, why is it necessary to even label the performances offered?
If the audience is male and the dancer is a man, whether he is clothed or not should not be of any concern. If both individuals were dressing in the same locker room, no one would feel the need to label the locker room, right? If they were both in the same restroom, again, a label wouldn’t be necessary. Any type of label, whether “X,” “XX,” or even “XXX” is both redundant and totally un-necessary.
So, why is there a policy or requirement that a clothes-free dancer, performing for an all-male audience, be labelled as “XXX?” The very label creates the implication or the notion that the performer is engaging in a type of sexual intimacy with another onstage.
Actually, the entertainer is doing nothing aside from dancing without clothing onstage. How is this offensive for a predominantly male crowd? What makes this performance indecent or provocative? Men are often naked or clothes-free together without even realizing the circumstance is there.
The single, double or even the triple “X” rating is used mainly to prevent minor-aged (young) people from access to specific entertainment and/or forms of shows. If a facility serves alcohol, there is more then likely a specific age requirement in order to enter the bar, club, facility or show-room. Minors are strictly not allowed. In most instances, this practice is in compliance with the legal code.
I fully appreciate and understand the importance and necessity of the age restriction for any depiction of sexual intimacy between two adults. Too often our youth encounter a barrage of age inappropriate and misleading entertainment and material. Community and decency standards should be respected.
I even, in a convoluted way, am at ease if sexually intimate appearances are suggested between two adults and a single, double or triple “X” rating is used. Some adults are offended by that very implication. However, for a solo dancer, dancing bare hardly meets that criteria. To overuse a rating merely reduces the meaning and the very nature of the rating and all that it implies.
For me, it is far more accurate, reasonable and sensible to utilize the rating system in a consistent and logical pattern. In doing so, we eliminate any misconception and any misunderstanding that arbitrary use can and does create. Let’s not needlessly label something inappropriately – that only causes confusion!