London - Margaret Atwood has defended women’s right to work in strip clubs, saying it can be "empowering" and make them feel "in control of a room".
The 'Handmaid’s Tale' author said dancers in the clubs should be allowed to make their own decisions about how they earn money.
The 79-year-old was responding to a debate over strip club licensing which has divided opinion among feminists, with critics arguing the industry is outdated and exploitative.
The debate has attracted attention this week ahead of the release of the film 'Hustlers', starring Jennifer Lopez as a stripper who scams wealthy customers.
Atwood, who published 'The Testaments' this week, told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett: "A lot of women actually do find [stripping] empowering. They feel that they’re in control of the room when they’re doing that.