Reagan's mother was a stripper, so she comes by her knowledge naturally. Just scrub your ass off. Stripping is hard work.
Is working as a stripper honestly empowering? I hated the popular belief that sex workers were oppressed and without agency, victims in need of rescuing. When I started stripping in the back bar of a Christchurch brothel at 18, I was in control of my decision to get nude — or so I thought.
We spoke with a young woman who once worked in a Berlin strip club. She spoke to us about the challenges of stripping and explained what it is exactly that she likes so much about her job. The following are excerpts from our interview, which speak to her experience working in Germany, where prostitution is legal.
I know I was not the only one who enjoyed the performance since most of the men in the gym had their tongues hanging out of their mouths as they watched. Surprisingly, other than me and my workout partner, none of the women in the gym seemed to notice. Apparently they were all there to focus on their workouts.
Show less Contrary to popular belief, not all strippers are young, perfect looking women. In fact, strippers range in age from 18 all the way up into their 50s, and come in all different body types and shapes.
It takes more than pole-dance classes and locker-room selfies to become a stripper. Stripping -- and the hustle of selling your time and company -- is a competitive sales job in a highly stigmatized atmosphere. As a stripper of seven years, I know that my chosen work is not for everyone.
Yes, you get a lot of exercise dancing and swinging around a stripper pole, but you need to exercise above and beyond your normal routine. Instead of going on a diet, make healthy permanent changes in the way you eat. The key is knowing your body.
Most people have preconceived notions of what it's like to be an exotic dancer. Despite the rumors, both negative and positive, the job is ultimately neutral and dependent on the stripper in question. It's a high-income, unskilled but demandingunreliable job that can be at times both exhilarating and exhausting.
She leaves you open-mouthed, jaws hanging in unexplainable admiration and desire. Out of nowhere, you hand her your money, wishful to touch and own those smooth curves in exchange. Some women may feel envious, not of the job as a stripperbut of their alluring figures.
If you've got what it takes it should be as simple as walking into a club, dancing on stage for the manager, and booking your first shifts. What we dance to allows us to clearly declare who we are to the whole club, so imitation is not really flattery. So it's important that we have some goddamn heavy blinds, or throw an extra blanket over our curtains. Most strippers are freelancers, so some nights we might be booking continuous dances and going home with lots of money, but on others the club might be empty and after paying a house fee, we end up with less cash than we came in with.