I'm a fan of lingerie, I'm a lover of nakedness and I'm a Northwest boy whose appreciation for a good craft beer is not denied. I'm not prone to pull the moral police badge to often but this week, I attempted a citizens arrest, well, more of a citizen's prosecution.
A local music venue (one of the few in town that cater to the underage crowd) hosted an evening of rap music with a lingerie hook on their promo material. There was a woman on the poster that was sprawled out on a bed, her face of course was blurred out, but her busty self was on display. The worm was set on the hook, the tag line flirted out that any lady that arrived in lingerie would get in FREE!
I was disappointed that this venue was using women to lure men, using sexuality to make a buck and potentially putting young women into situations in that part of town that could be harmful to them. I know this tactic is common in the music industry. It's cool to sing about sex and women it's portrayed as masculine in videos and on stage to slap an ass and portray chauvinistic dominance over the groveling feminine serfs. Women are candy to be consumed, whatever use they can be to prop up the urban stud's image is deemed OK, as long as it brings in bodies and bucks. As a bible guy, I've got Habakkuk's fiery words ringing in my ears when I see this type of manipulation.
“Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies," Habakkuk 2:15.
I'm a father of two of Spokane's young music artists. My son's band has played this venue many times and I've been there to support and enjoy the few dwindling places our city's emerging musicians have to play music. I've had my fair share of parental and pastoral heebie jeebies visiting these harder haunts of swinging fists, screaming banshees and beer swizzling butt rockers as my son calls them, but I support the anemic music scene. I'm a longtime fan of heavy music, I was born again out of the 80's thrash and death metal scene, so I'm not the typical fundi hater, but I loathe misogynistic capitalism.
So, I responded to the Facebook promo that was on my dashboard and expressed my disappointment and concern, argued a bit and of course the response was less than interested in catering to the 'moral police'.
I hope Spokane can figure out how to support young musicians and music lovers, provide safe and adequate venues that promote the arts and uplift the community. I pray for business people that will build a financial base off of good work and good values because our youth deserve better.