Is working as a stripper honestly empowering? I hated the popular belief that sex workers were oppressed and without agency, victims in need of rescuing. When I started stripping in the back bar of a Christchurch brothel at 18, I was in control of my decision to get nude — or so I thought. An arts undergraduate, I had no pressing need for money, the reason usually cited for entry into the sex industry — an umbrella term that encompasses stripping, web-camming, escorting, prostitution and porn. My parents paid my rent, my Kentucky Fried Chicken and my living expenses. Rather, I was seeking transgression. I also wanted the independence to make my own choices. Stripping delivered, on all counts. On the neon-lit stage of that back bar, I let loose my inner extrovert. I felt totally empowered.
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Reagan's mother was a stripper, so she comes by her knowledge naturally. Just scrub your ass off. Stripping is hard work. Regardless of what movies like Showgirls and Flashdance would have us believe, it's not all Cristal and getting swept off one's feet by a rich businessman. Much of the blood, sweat and tears of exotic dancing goes into the backstage beauty routine. After sitting down with Reagan and Maybe at Sassy's on a slow Monday afternoon, I am convinced that women the world over should drop their Vogue and Allure subscriptions and turn to strip-club dressing rooms for beauty tips. If you have a question about makeup application, hair removal or product selection, chances are very good Reagan and Maybe could answer it. You can break out and it irritates your eyes. I'm all about the natural stuff.
Whether you call them stripper songs or simply dance tracks, one thing is for sure: rock bands sure love to write songs about mostly naked women. The trend first became hot in the '70s and then became virtually synonymous with the '80s. Not that modern bands aren't getting in on the act; some of the biggest rock songs of the past few years have been certifiable stripper anthems. Today, Noisecreep presents the 10 best stripper songs of all time. Perhaps the musicians mentioned below should thank their inspirations with an extra big tip? Don't know Kix? Then you're missing out. One of the most underrated bands of the '80s, Kix blasted out of Hagerstown, Md. Enter 'Girl Money. The song is about spending money on, ahem, strippers.
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