Sassy by name, Sassy by nature, I write to explode the myths which surround the lapdancing profession - standing up for the clubs, the girls and the customers. Its not always drinking champagne and playing with my tits - it can be hassle, hustling and hangovers. At heart I'm just a regular twenty-something posh cockney living in London who likes taking her clothes off...
One of the most common questions I get asked – or a variation thereof;
“What are you going to do in the future? After this? When you can’t do this anymore?”
“What field do you work in when you are not here?”
“You can’t be a stripper forever you know…”
I’m sorry. You ask me that question, night after night, and quite frankly, I find it insulting. Lap dancing is proper employment. I have to pull an 8 hour shift – its a full 9 to 5, give or take the clocking in times, and I am potentially rostered to work every day of the week in many of the big London clubs – thats right, Monday thru to Sunday, ad infinitum. What other industries have the crazy working hours that a stripper can? Frontline frickin services matey…. Lap dancing venues are often open seven days a week, from lunchtime till the early hours of the morning – Secrets is open till an eyeball bursting 6am! If you are ever desperate for naked women in the middle of the night, they have venues all over goddamn town (see here)
I got asked this today, when I was soooo tired – and thats just from doing a weeks work at my strip club. I’ve worked every night apart from Sunday and the Strike action yesterday till the sun came up. yeah, so some nights I’ve been home by 4am, but mostly I have shut my eyes as the birds were crowing and the traffic was building.
I’ve been reading that book that was published recently by Danns and Sandrine, and its full of women complaining that their hard work and long hours are not recognised as valid by society, even though ‘raunch culture’ is encouraged (you can see a really interesting review of it here by a feminist book reviewer)
Well look everybody. Whilst I might say to your face that I am studying/caring/being a PA – that being an exotic dancer is just a stepping stone to new and bigger things – I’m telling you now, I’m in this for the long term. As I’ve said a million times boefore, I like my job, I like lapdancing, I think it is a great profession if you approach it with the right attitude. No job is perfect, and neither are there perfect customers. Besides, with the economy as it is, the job market sluggish, and youth and graduate un-employment rising, why not capitalise on my strong sales skills and good looks by providing a second to none service?
Besides, if my contemporaries can’t get a job, wouldn’t it be greedy of me to take up two or more???