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Go-go dancing man asked to leave cage

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15:43 CEST+02:00
A 20-year-old IT technician has demanded his rights after being barred from dancing in a go-go cage at a Stockholm nightclub. Joakim Lindmarker reported the club to the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman after he was told that the cage was for women only.

Lindmarker was out celebrating a friend's birthday in late June when the group ended up at popular city centre nightspot Kickis. Catching a glimpse of a vacant go-go cage, the computer whizz seized the opportunity to strut his stuff.

But his career as a caged dancer was to be short-lived.

"I didn't even make it as far as the real moves. After about ten or fifteen seconds a security guard whistled and pointed to the floor," Lindmarker told The Local.

"I didn't know what I had done wrong but he just said: 'No men in the cages. Those are the rules'."

Perplexed, Lindmarker turned to the bartender for further clarification.

"He told me that was their new policy. Men were not allowed to dance in the cages because they were too violent. He said men were primitive, violent by nature and unable to control themselves," said Lindmarker.

Only when he convinced the barman that he would be "really gentle" was he allowed back in the cage. But the incident left a bad taste in his mouth.

"It was a crappy rule, so I decided to report them," he said.

But earlier this week Lindmarker received the unwelcome news that the Ombudsman had turned down his protest. Kickis nightclub had denied ever banning men from dancing in the go-go cages.

Pleased at having taken a stand, the 20-year-old was not unduly disappointed about losing the case,

"It's not a huge problem. I can take it," he said.

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