Strip, please

In a somewhat unusual turn of events for Holy Week, I’ve heard a lot about stripping, lately.

First, I read a Facebook posting from a ‘friend’ that supported the right of women to give lap dances and not be called ‘pigs,’ even though it’s usually the lap-owners who get tagged with that moniker.  Apparently, it’s rude to call women who provide “ooh-la-la” for the “moo-la-la” anything other than honorable, valuable members of the work force.

Right.  Nothing more honorable than taking off your clothes for monetary gain. 

But of course, it’s legal.  The lovely ladies can do whatever they want with their own epiderms, provided they don’t hurt anyone in the process (and giving that leering geezer at the counter a heart attack doesn’t count.) 

Another thing that’s legal, according to the high court, is strip-searching.  On Monday, the Supremes ruled that invasive intrusions into your body cavity did not violate the Constitution if you were going to end up in the general population of a prison.

The five-justice majority, led by Anthony Kennedy, ruled that “courts must defer to the judgment of correctional officials unless the record contains substantial evidence showing their policies are an unnecessary or unjustified response to problems of jail security.”

The civil libertarians, the ones who think women should be able to strut their inner-slut with impunity, are not going to be happy about this one.  They believe that any unwanted interference with bodily integrity is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, and some think it’s tantamount to rape.

I wouldn’t be surprised to hear the opponents of trans-vaginal ultrasounds marching to DC in protest of this horrific invasion of privacy.

But let’s look at the facts.  The prison environment, unlike a strip club or a medical office is a very dangerous place whose inhabitants would like nothing better than to scam the system.  Preventing any of them from smuggling contraband into the general population where it could pose a security threat for other inmates or, more importantly, correctional officers and innocent visitors is a compelling state interest.  And when you enter the prison community, you’ve already shown that you have relatively little respect for the rights of others, so you have to expect that your own rights will be severely limited.

Stripped to the bare basics,  as it were.