By Amie Gordon For Mailonline
Published: 17:11 BST, 12 September 2019 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 12 September 2019
Margaret Atwood has spoken out in support of strip club workers, arguing the job can be 'empowering' for women.
The Handmaid's Tale author hit back at critics, urging them to put their energy into stopping climate change instead of stopping women from making a living in strip joints.
Speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 5 Live's Headliners, the 79-year-old said women who work in strip clubs can 'feel in control of the room' and earn more money than coffee shop staff.
Margaret Atwood at a press conference at the British Library in London this week, on the global publication day of her new book
The acclaimed author was asked for her opinion on a debate over strip club licensing.
Some feminists have argued the industry is 'outdated and exploitative.'
Ms Atwood, whose new book The Testaments was published this week, told BBC Five Live that people protesting against the clubs should 'put their energy somewhere else that's really really important – like with environmental protests.'
She added: 'You can do that if you want, if that's what energises you, but my choice would to be to put it