Today’s Exotic Dancer – Ready to Retire the Tassels?


Exotic dancing, a profession that was, at one time taboo is becoming more normalized in today’s society by pop culture, modern day advertisements and recent Tv shows such as the Sopranos and Sex and the City. It is depicted in many feature films today and in some cases glamorized. “Your average teen star could go right on a stage without changing clothes” says writer Lilly Burana, a former stripper. (USA Today). It is no longer just a dirty male attraction that used to be hush-hush in many circles but rather a regular Vegas Vacation outing and a traditional bachelor party theme to many of today’s young men. Also, they are quite popular on radio shows hosted by Howard Stern and Tom Leykis. Today’s society is taking a walk in those exotic dancing shoes. In some cities, there are even pole dancing classes offered to locals for recreation and fitness.

Even with this controversial field becoming more main stream in today’s world, what is it that drives a woman’s ambition to participate in this profession? This is not exactly the line of work one brings up with out a few raised eyebrows. Why do these ladies let strange men put bills into their skimpy skivvies? Do they feel silly when they know they are exploiting men’s weaknesses in exchange for cash?

Some ladies do this line of work to satisfy their curiosity, some see it as an art form but for most of these women, the number one motivation is simply the money. They often earn more in a single night, than the average American makes in a week at a conventional job. Does this line of work mess with their head? Some people may wonder if the average exotic dancer feels degraded or cheap. Kelly, an actress who danced in clubs to prepare for rolls in the Young and the Restless says “It’s pretty awful to crawl across the stage for two or three dollars for some guy. ” (USA Today) Dallas exotic dancers for a party

What happens once a dancer gets used to this quick money lifestyle? Would she do a different job if the opportunity presented itself? Only each individual can answer that. Where does she go when it comes time to hang up the tassels? In the late 90’s Kurt Cobain’s sister Kim, mentioned that in the MTV video Smells like Teen Spirit, the Nirvana band hired exotic dancers instead of professional actresses to play the cheerleaders because it was less expensive than hiring local talent. Those gals were open to earning money while fully dressed. What about today? If modern exotic dancers could make the same income or possibly more working from home, would they jump at the opportunity? It’s quite possible that many would put the ogling clients to the past if they knew they could prosper with a lucrative business that offers unlimited potential and amazing travel perks.

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