Votes to Come From the Unexpected, Undaunted, and Untamed

Strip clubs and punkers set to rock the election


| October 28, 2004


Marginalized by mainstream America and its relentless moralizing, strip clubs may well have been the last outpost of apolitical intercourse; that place where mostly-male Democrats and Republicans could blow off their biases over a beer, some chicken wings, and a lap dance or two. Those in the adult entertainment industry have been no less affected by the pervasiveness of presidential politics this past year, though, and given Attorney General John Ashcroft's preoccupation with eliminating 'smut,' it was only a matter of time before someone recognized the potential of the heretofore unexploited 'strip club vote,' Angelina Spencer, club owner and trade association director, began sending voter registration kits to adult nightclubs, lingerie stores, and adult bookstores nationwide. The results were staggering -- 160,000 customers filled out voter registration cards on site, and more took the cards home to fill out at a more convenient time.

Other marginal subcultures have been mobilized, as well. While punk rock has decidedly political origins, its strong anti-establishment ethos has long kept purists away from the polls. Mike Burkett, better known as Fat Mike, the beloved singer/bassist for NOFX and CEO of Fat Wreck Chords, decided to change all of that by founding Punk Voter, an angry coalition determined to make a presidential change and promote progressive politics. A tour featuring A-list punk bands and a compilation CD/DVD have both been highly successful in bringing punkers, and even some parents, into the John Kerry camp. Even feminist icon Gloria Steinem has helped out with the campaign, lending support and well-placed obscenities to the cause. While the Punk Voter campaign, like strip club registration, is a highly insular effort, it indicates a dwindling national tendency towards being, as Fat Mike says, an 'I-don't-care-ican.'

Go there >>The Strip Club Vote

Go there too >>The Day the Music Voted

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