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Strip club:Would you want your school-leaver to have to consider this as a career because the DWP told them to?

On the day this year’s GCSE results came out, no doubt you can picture the scene yourself.

“Gosh!” says young Virginia. “I’m so lucky! I got just the right grades to be a stripper! My careers teacher told me a might.

“And it’s so handy because I’ll probably see him, along with lots of my other teachers, down at the club!

“Not only that, but if I work really hard, I might be able to move on into prostitution, like that nice Liberal Democrat councillor suggested!

“That will give me a chance to meet all his colleagues from County Hall!”

I know it’s a little unfair to suggest a link between stripping and prostitution, but I hope it makes the point that our young people are increasingly being treated as sex objects by people in positions of influence.

The good news is that the DWP has now apparently withdrawn the page putting forward “striptease artist” as a career option, saying it was a “mistake”.

A government website advising benefit claimants on how to look for jobs suggests people on Universal Credit could find work as “striptease artists”.

The Department for Work and Pensions’ online tool is designed to help claimants “discover roles that match your skills and interests” and suggests search terms to help jobseekers find appropriate roles.

However, its webpage lists “striptease artist” alongside such jobs as hotel assistant, lobby attendant and bingo assistant.

It suggests the term could be used “in your online [job] search”, and describes the kind of work involved as “dances in adult entertainment establishments”.

Source: DWP Advice Site Lists ‘Striptease Artist’ As Possible Work For Universal Credit Claimants | HuffPost UK

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