Dollars intended for strippers’ G-strings soon could be plucked away by Illinois politicians to go to other women. Humorously dubbed the “pole tax,” the $2-per-person admission charge targeting the state’s 120 strip clubs has a serious goal — helping financially ailing rape-crisis centers across Illinois, reports the Arlington Daily Herald. Dave Koehler, the Peoria Democrat pushing the idea in the Illinois Senate, said he hopes for a vote this spring.
He signed on to the idea after being approached by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which came up with the possible tax remedy in the face of pending federal funding cuts. “We’re going to lose approximately $1.4 million and those are funds that have been directed to counseling and advocacy,” said Polly Poskin, the coalition’s executive director. “Strip clubs contribute to society’s objectification of women and taxing the products of objectifying women by rape-crisis centers is appropriate.”