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6. Strippers bathe in Champagne and have Cartier on speed dial.
‘£400 an hour?! You should be paying me if you make that much money!’ Oh dear. A good stripper will be on a nice income and can support a nice lifestyle, for sure. However, realistically, it is a commission sales job and unless a girl is booked out all night, every night (can happen; EXTREMELY rare) then an hourly wage doesn’t come into it. Ok, if booked out for a solid 3 hours it’s a nice little packet even after the club takes their cut but if that girl made nothing the 2 nights previously, it’s only balancing things out and the job has to be worth it.
7. Strippers are lazy.
This is a very common thought across society. Strippers make easy money. Yes, stripping provides a good income, but easy it is not. Dancers always have to be on form. The working day doesn’t start when you walk into the club, it starts hours before with getting ready. Never on autopilot. Every customer and situation is different and you have to be fun. ALL THE TIME (even if you are having the worst day). If you aren’t busy then you are sitting around waiting for the next customer to come in (hoping they do as rent is due) and it’s the race to get them before the other girls without looking desperate. This is the mental side of things. Physically, swinging around a pole until 4am or later in 6 inch heels eventually does your body in and it is not uncommon for girls to develop back and knee problems that require them to retire early.
8. All strippers are drug addicts and alcoholics.
Another myth I have to bust, I’m afraid. I would be lying if I said there were absolutely no alcoholic or drug addicted strippers, but there are also alcoholic CEO’s and drug addicted actors…Addiction is a disease that doesn’t discriminate social class, gender, race or profession. Admittedly, the working environment lends itself to enabling the problems that might already exist, but good management will always be on the lookout for the warning signs in behaviour. A belligerent stripper falling all over the place is not a good look for a club that wants a classy image and drugs jeopardise the license of the venue, so it’s something that’s not welcome if management are doing it right and looking after the girls.
9. Strippers love a cat fight.
‘So, do you girls all get on with each other?’ A loaded question said by customers, that want to get the gossip. A favourite answer would be, ‘Yes of course, in fact we have sleepovers every Sunday and engage in naked pillow fights and oil wrestling on the kitchen floor…’.
Like any workplace, not everyone is going to like each other. Like any group of girls, not everyone is going to like each other. Combine the two and, yes, there are various rivalries and tensions, but, as a whole, a lot of dancers can work alongside each other quite harmoniously (see Dealing with strippers). The bonds formed between dancers can rarely be replicated anywhere else. There aren’t many situations where you regularly see people naked before you even know their name, in the cleanest sense of the word of course! There is also the fact that stripping is a job that is very difficult to understand unless you have been involved in it, in some capacity, right on the front line; the club floor. As a result, any facade or inhibitions are removed immediately. The friendships formed between strippers can last a lifetime and be the most honest relationships going.
10. Strippers are incapable of having a normal relationship.
This goes back to my point of stripping being a job and not a personality flaw. Why shouldn’t dancers find love too? It is true that it can be very difficult for a man to date a stripper. A lot think they are OK with it initially and as the relationship progresses and more feelings are involved, then the insecurities begin. It is not the fantasy some men think it will be, the anti-social hours and surprise at lack of interest in being a goddess off-duty is a common theme. Jealousy of the nature of the job is understandable and not all men can genuinely handle it but they do exist. There are many dancers that sustain strong relationships, marriages and families and, like many modern women, it can be a juggling act balancing the two. There are many girls that retire when they hit the point of their lives where they want to settle down but there are just as many that continue their independent earning the way they did before they met that special someone.