Blurring the Lines

As usual, everyone mixes strippers and hookers.

Strippers are a delicate subject.

Bob Herbert wrote, “Many of those girls are either prostitutes or one short step away.”

Trust me, if you walk into a strip club and assume every girl in there is a hooker (and are stupid enough to say so), you’re going to get a lesson in the dividing lines between various types of sex work. Slut does not = stripper does not = hooker does not = crack whore does not = everyone in the adult industry.

Amanda Brooks

5 Responses

  1. If you think you can make any money as a stripper in a Vegas strip club without doing prostitution, you will get a quick lesson in poverty and unemployment.

  2. Wow Josie- is this based on your own personal experiences dancing in Vegas? I have not danced in Vegas, however, I have been a customer in multiple Vegas strip clubs (and a dancer in other cities.) I’d say that prostitution is certainly possible in LV strip clubs (access to private areas, etc) but not mandated. Dancers need to be able to set their own boundaries with an awareness of the economic implications of their choices. It is true that some likely make more money for providing real sex services, but sexual entertainment is also profitable.

  3. When I danced in Vegas back in 2000, a stripper could make very good money in the club without having sex. And I know that’s very true in plenty of other clubs today around the nation.

    Still, even strippers who turn tricks dislike being called prostitutes. And strippers who don’t HATE being thought of as a hooker.

    This post wasn’t Vegas-specific on my part, more a comment on general perceptions (in a Vegas-based article).

    XX

  4. You don’t have to live in Vegas to know this crap but it helps.

    You know, a lot of this is available as public record. There’s a fine body of work about the Crazy Horse Too Strip Club. Most of it came out during a very public trial. Feel free to look it up. Some is even on the Internets!

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