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Social Design: Student Projects

MAGGIE LAYLON SAUNDERS

STRIPTOPIA

Strip clubs are semi-public spaces that acknowledge and accept human needs for sexual exploration and sexual expression. This project provides an alternative option to traditional strip clubs, with the goal of giving millennial strippers full political, financial, and bodily autonomy. For the most part, the strip club industry fails to address: gender and racial discrimination as well as imbalanced power structures, such as unfair monetary exchange and hierarchical architectural spaces, which can impinge on bodily control and create unwanted interactions. Strip clubs have the capacity to meet the needs of contemporary society, but accessibility, inclusivity, and mobility need to be addressed in order to create safe, respectful, sex-positive spaces.

 

STRIPTOPIA is a pop-up strip club that uses mobile architecture, wearable technology, and a mobile application as tools to create a transparent financial system, boundaries for consent and bodily autonomy. The technology is designed to give strippers healthier client interactions, financial autonomy, and transparency in their workplace. A pop-up strip club can grant a collective group of strippers full political and financial control over the context in which their labour is performed, as well as help de-stigmatise, educate, and include diverse communities by appearing in different contexts.

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