A TRADE union has hit out at the “hypocrisy” of a potential ban on lap dancing bars in Glasgow after it emerged that the curb would not hit a well-known group of male strippers.

Up to 700 women could be affected by a city ban, but the local council has confirmed it would not cover venues that host acts such The Dreamboys.

MSPs gave local councils the discretionary power to regulate sexual entertainment venues (SEVs) by determining how many should operate.

Glasgow council launched a consultation into the future of the sector, which could shut down if councillors agree to reduce the number of SEVs to zero. The GMB union, which represents many of the female dancers, warned that a ban could lead to hundreds of women losing their livelihoods.

Supporters of restrictions believe lap dancing is degrading to women and is an example of male exploitation. However, critics believe a ban is full of anomalies and could punish women more than men.

At Glasgow’s King’s Theatre recently, The Dreamboys performed their show to a predominantly female audience.

A promotional blurb stated: “The Dreamboys are undeniably the most famous and successful male strip show in UK history. If you’re celebrating a hen night, birthday party or looking for the best girls night out in the UK, then our high energy, fantastically fun and entertaining male strip shows are an absolute must see for you and your friends.”

A Dreamboys set includes male nudity from the waist up and features suggestive body movements such as gyrating. Under legislation, however, the venues hosting The Dreamboys would not be considered as SEVs, while strip clubs employing women would be curbed.

Sexual entertainment is defined in the relevant legislation as “any live performance” or “any live display of nudity” for the purpose of sexually stimulating any member of the audience. A woman taking off her top would fall into the category of a “display of nudity”, but a man doing the same thing would not.

In addition, Glasgow council pointed out that premises where sexual entertainment is provided on no more than four occasions over twelve months will not be treated as an SEV.

Female lap-dancing clubs are open for most of the week, but acts such as The Dreamboys do not perform at Glasgow venues regularly.

GMB Scotland Organiser Rhea Wolfson said: "What we have learned by campaigning throughout the summer is that there is significant public support for our members and their right to choose how they make their living – but we have also seen first hand how the agenda of small groups within the political bubble can attempt to impose their own entrenched views.

"The pick and mix approach and frankly, the hypocrisy, around what's termed as sexual entertainment is an example of this. It looks like one rule for men and another for women across the adult entertainment industry.

"The point that we will be driving home as the council takes forward the SEV process is that the workers have to be front and centre in the debate concerning their livelihoods. This is how we will tackle the inconsistencies and ignorance around employment in the adult entertainment industry and defend the interests of people who choose to work in it."

Citing the legislation, a Glasgow council spokesperson said: "On this basis, I’d say that Dreamboys appearing at the King's would not lead to the King's being considered as a SEV.”