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The Flytraps on Strip Clubs and Sexism

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Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge Laura Kelsey, 24, Marz Beeuwsaert, 17, Kristin Cooper, 21, and Beth Boyd, 20 - ELANO PIZZICAROLA
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  • Laura Kelsey, 24, Marz Beeuwsaert, 17, Kristin Cooper, 21, and Beth Boyd, 20
The Flytraps will have you know that they have no feminist agenda. Oh, and their members can "out-drink any guy," says their bassist Kristin Cooper, on a warm Sunday afternoon in drummer Laura Kelsey's backyard.

The group members are prone to giggling and teasing each other in person. They've been together for about two years; two previous members left for school. "They weren't rock and roll types," Cooper says.

The group members dressed up as dead Playboy bunnies last Halloween; a cheeky, playful approach is their style in concert. "It's all in good fun," says lead singer Marz Beeuwsaert. "The best part is when you get a positive reaction from the crowd. Seeing that people are into it and they are enjoying themselves. There's no other feeling like that."

Last month they played Cheetah's Hollywood, a gentleman's club that hosts bands frequently. A friend who'd played there previously invited them; they chose a dancer and performed on the runway at the same time. (The dancer they chose eventually tipped Beeuwsaert, who is only 17.). "It was awesome," Cooper says of the experience.

The mainly-male guests behaved respectfully to them during their short set. "They knew that we'd kick their ass if they tried anything," Beeuwsaert says.

click to enlarge ELANO PIZZICAROLA
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