As soon as clothing became the norm, taking that clothing off became a profitable gig for anyone willing to learn how to do it well. But despite the venerable legacy of this career, and the utter ubiquity of strip clubs in our modern cityscapes, most people know very little about the realities of dancing naked or naked-ish for money.
So Cracked sat down with exotic dancers from across the United States: Here's what they told us: We're equipped to deal with it, but it gets shitty when they decide they don't have to pay because you aren't doing what they want you to do. I know girls who have been pinned down in champagne rooms. It's like they can't stand the idea of the performer retaining any kind of power at all.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement It's only a minority of customers -- every dancer we talked to said that -- but you interact with a lot of customers.
That means that women who work at strip clubs will be assaulted at some point in their careers. And we're saying that studies show it was percent of the cases they sampled. Continue Reading Below Advertisement And in case you think they skewed the stats by, say, declaring truckers wearing "Free Mustache Rides" baseball caps to be a form of assault, let us break it down: Holy shit, guys, what the fuck are you doing?
There's no way we can make this sound more horrifying than the chart looks: Continue Reading Below Advertisement And then there are the non-violent clients who hand over their tips with a healthy side dish of "crazy.
Another guy, "always came in with old-school bra and panties sets, trying to give them to the girls. He just had huge bags in his car full of really ugly lingerie, like something your mom would wear. Zoey and Layne both reported women as being more likely to get "handsy. The second or third time she tried to grab my ass, I moved her hand away again and said 'Seriously, you cannot do that, you have to stop,' and she was like, 'Oh what does it matter, you're just a stripper.
It's a few hours' work for all the sweaty dollar bills that can fit in a G-string. Well, keep in mind My knees crunch and pop when I kneel down now, years later. It's high-impact exercise, and you're doing it in fucking heels. Sometimes you're in a shitty mood, or just coming down with something, and that can happen occasionally at most jobs without hurting your bottom line.
Not so for strippers -- they're getting paid in sweaty, wrinkled tips, and customers won't throw money at the dancer giving them anything less than their full attention: Good luck paying your bills.
Or, an example from my life, friend dying of cancer? Too bad, rent is coming up. Being able to act is a huge part of the job. Be around alcohol and drunk people, and making everyone involved feel like they're part of the celebration. So good luck, if you're the type who has a problem with it.
Some men want to have a woman to drink with, want to feel like they're on a date. So saying 'I don't drink' can hurt your money. So you ask for a house special and that means 'no booze, please. Half of those women reported using "other substances," a phrase which here applies to both "smoking some pot" and "straight-up crack addiction.
Salvatore -- our male dancer -- said, " Salvatore assumed every woman there thought he was either a drug addict, someone with mental issues, or someone who made some "bad life choices" to get where he was or as he put, thought he was " But one consistent sentiment among our dancers was that it's actually a pretty good gig, all things considered.
And in general, strippers report remarkably high job satisfaction whenever someone takes the time to ask. And scientists the best sort of scientists, we're thinking have conducted surveys on chatrooms where strippers gather, and found that non-monetary motivations were discussed nearly four times as often as monetary ones. Which means they did it for reasons other than "staving off starvation.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement For instance, no stereotype about women who choose to remove their clothing for money is more prevalent than "you must have daddy issues. You have to have self-confidence to do this job. People who were abused don't handle being sexualized very well. Usually it's something you have that makes you good at this job. Not something you didn't have. But it does appear that sweet lady Science backs her up: And 78 percent reported no exposure to nudity or pornography as children whatsoever.
We're going to go ahead and guess more than 22 percent of the people reading this right now at least saw some porn as kids "Mommy! These people wrestled their clothes right off! Continue Reading Below Advertisement You can no doubt find plenty of stories from strippers who were in fact runaways, or dropouts, or women with low self-esteem who felt they had nothing else to offer the world. Some of you might even be surprised to talk to one who didn't fit that profile.
But that kind of raises a good point about why, in our society, we consider sex work to be so low and disgusting that doing it is automatically considered a tragedy. I bet I could strip like the dickens if I was willing to do that kind of work. How hard can taking your clothes off and gyrating be?
It didn't go well: I was so shocked I got the job, so excited about the fact that I'd gotten to that point, that I didn't pay attention to the other girls You have to learn the art of flirtation, and balancing between being direct and learning when it's OK to beat around the bush and when you must be direct.
Money directly into my hand, NOW. Despite what you hear about how men primarily are all about looks, a lot of guys go to strip clubs for more than ogling boobies -- they miss or have never known having a woman in their life, and for whatever reason this is the only place they can get something a little like that. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Emily says, "A lot of guys would just want you to talk to them, cuddle them. A bunch of times I'd walk past girls just sitting, with some guy lying down with his head in her lap, just happily snoozing away I danced for another guy who worked for the mob He was a weird guy, but nice.
His wife used to lie on top of him when he fell asleep. So whenever she was away, he'd come in, get a champagne room, and pay for me to lay on top of him so he could sleep -- that was the only way he could. But when vulnerability comes into the picture, things don't always go so well: I would not go home with him, so I was an evil conniving bitch who took advantage of nice guys like him When you're a sex worker, sometimes you get to be present during pivotal moments in the erotic lives of your clients.
Emily tells this story: Clearly never been in a club like that before, tentatively looking at the stage, and when I got off, this guy came over and awkwardly said, 'I'm sorry to bother you miss, but my wife -- we've been married for 20 some odd years, and I just learned she likes women and she says you're her dream girl.
Would you dance with her? I told her to relax. At one point she asked, 'Can I touch your boobs? Then they were all over each other by the end of the dance. Hands down each other's pants, running for the door as fast as they could. This couple had just figured out something new about themselves. A female anthropologist who spent six years working as a stripper for a study hey, anthropologists do not fuck around concluded that many men used her services because, while visiting a strip club wasn't seen as "good" behavior by their wives, it wasn't "bad" enough to get them in real trouble.
This allowed the men to walk on the wild side without risking their marriages -- it was a chance to get it out of their system without having an affair. But look, we're not here to paint an unreasonably rosy picture of the exotic dancing profession. No job is without its requisite amount of suck, and you can absolutely wind up getting taken advantage of.