6 Misconceptions About Strippers
Whether you realize it or not you probably imagine a certain kind of girl when you think of a stripper. We’re often glorified (though sometimes we still get a bad wrap) in songs, music videos, and on social media. Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter have taken the phenomenon to another level, giving dancers a medium to share intimate glimpses into our world. In recent years strippers have progressed from being viewed as outcasts, thanks in part to a slew of famous, former exotic dancers who have transcended social barriers. I’m glad to see the culture shifting and I want to add to that change. Read several common misconceptions about strippers below and remember to respect and tip your local ballerina!
We all have daddy issues
Some women, like me, have present fathers and come from two-parent homes. Both my parents know what I do for money. They don’t like it, but they love me, and that’s enough for them to continuously support me emotionally.
It’s a last resort
Many dancers strip as a side hustle and have 9-5 careers. Some are educated (🙋🏽♀️) and are resisting corporate America. Some are in between jobs. I’ve even worked with a woman who was happily married with children, whose husband made enough money for her to be a stay-at-home mom but she danced because she liked it and it made her feel good.
We’re confident all the time
Although we’re comfortable being naked in front of strangers and typically have strong sense of self and sexuality, we’re not exempt from feeling insecure. The dressing room is full of beautiful bodies in the mirror being nitpicked by their owners. The good thing is we have each other to lean on for support and reassurance, which leads me to my next misconception.
We don’t get along with each other
It may seem like because we’re all vying for the same goal we regularly bring the claws out. The truth is we are united in a sacred sisterhood. We’re uniquely bonded through our work and we support and hype each other up constantly.
We’re separate from sex workers
Whether or not dancers engage in physical sex or escorting, we’re still part of the sex work community, and we all want to be recognized as people in the work force.
We’re gold diggers
A lot of the women I come across in my work are goal-oriented and have long-term plans that surpass the strip club. We know how to stack our money and have incredible work ethic. We don’t mind working hard—we simply want to be adequately compensated for our time and the physical and emotional labor we provide.