Truly Disappointing

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Counterpoint

Strippers are in danger because their work is considered shameful and shady. If you can't talk about being a stripper or exotic dance, you can't really complain about working conditions either, can you? The men who go often do so in secrecy (or in shadow) and therefore their actions there do not ever need to bear up in the light of day.

If strip clubs were open and honest, would things be different?

A few years ago, I flew out to a wedding with my SO at the time. He was the best man. The bride-to-be did not want the groom to have a bachelor party, so the best man and groomsmen sneaked in a luch-time trip to the strip club with the groom. No girlfriends allowed, of course, so they all dropped me off at a museum, but *I* knew about it and didn't have a problem with my SO going. The rest of the guys found this shocking. I guess I trusted my SO and wasn't particularly jealous. Is that overly enlightened or overly naive of me?

I would have a problem if an SO lied to me about going to a strip club. I don't need to go and monitor, though I've been in strip clubs and they don't bother me. But it is only fair that I know, right? Or that's how I feel, at least.

I guess I think of it this way: It has nothing to do with brains. If I decided to make my fortune by flaunting my body (which I won't and couldn't, not without some "enhancements"), I would want to do it honestly. Without the pretense of being a "waitress."

To me Hooters is like soft core porn.

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