As a follow-up to last week's podcast with Ron Hargett about strip clubs, today we are posting once again on the subject. Many of our guests have spent time working in clubs. Part of our focus at Refuge for Women is educating our supporters about issues of sexuality in our culture - in particular how they relate to our guests. Today, we are pulling back the curtain on the "image" of what it means to be a stripper with 4 Things You Didn't Know About a Strip Club: 1. Ladies pay for stage time at the club
The women are subcontractors and tip the security and DJ when they leave for the night. The women pay the club to utilize space for making money. There are nights when the earnings don’t equal the required payments to everyone.
2. It’s not uncommon to start out as a waitress
A strip club is an abnormal environment that takes getting used to. If management can get a woman comfortable in the environment, there is a better chance she will be okay getting on stage and stripping. She becomes desensitized to the abnormality and willing to do what she was unwilling a few months earlier. The possibility of making greater money on stage exceeds the waitressing tips.
3. The women are intoxicated to do the job.
Women that are under the influence in a strip club have fewer inhibitions and can generate more revenue. By the time a woman comes to Refuge for Women, over 90% have an active addiction. The addiction likely didn’t begin in the club, but it got a lot worse. Some of these addictions are alcohol related, but drugs like heroin are common today.
4. No one plans to stay long as a stripper
“I needed to pay a few bills and figured I could make some fast cash.” This is a common phrase that we hear from guests at Refuge for Women. A woman intended to stay for 3 months and it became 3-6 years instead. She tried to leave a few times and when times became challenging she returned.