Law

You Can't Strip Dancers of the Right to Bare All

A Louisiana law that sets an age limit on female exotic dancers isn't constitutional.

It's New Orleans. Have fun!

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Strippers have constitutional rights too -- or at least that’s the claim of three New Orleans women challenging a Louisiana law that requires erotic dancers to be 21 to expose their breasts or buttocks. It may sound absurd, but the legal argument is pretty powerful. The law facially discriminates on the basis of sex, and arguably infringes on that classic First Amendment right to express yourself by dancing without clothes.

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