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Dancers and sex workers are honest, hard working people just like the rest of us. Their jobs are faaaar from easy. They need to have physical stamina and mental dexterity if they want to rake in all that coin. Yes I'm serious. And often the places they work at are less than... "5 star rated." The atmosphere at a strip club and the club itself is often a character in the stories for sure.

Redditor u/babybopp asked sexy dance artists... Strippers of reddit, what are some things that happen in strip clubs we are not aware of?


These girls be superhuman!! 

So many impressive physical feats, and I'm not talking about the pole tricks.

I used to work with a girl who was flexible, but her knee would occasionally just slip out of place. She'd elegantly punch it back into place and finish her set before chugging pain meds and icing it. Nobody would know the difference. Another girl I knew would get walk-into-walls drunk, yet always knew her exact amount of money and could do a standing split at the edge of a stage in 8 inch heels no matter how trashed. I once watched a 4'11" dancer nearly rock a vending machine over on herself because she wanted a snack. Same girl saved herself and another dancer from a 10 foot fall off the pole when the other girl lost her grip and they both dropped. Sheer force of thigh. Best coworkers ever. ioantha

Where they Jimmy Choo's?

I used to hang out between classes at the club my friend bartended at in the middle of the day. It was winter and I could smoke inside and ladies got in free. Plus all the free popcorn and soda. Real classy place.

I watched a friendly game of hide-the-shoe between a few of the girls when it was completely dead inside. The girl on stage after her turn would take the shoe of the next girl, climb a pole, and hide it in the ceiling. The next girl would find her shoe and then proceed to hide the next girls shoe in a different ceiling tile. I was fascinated by this.

Strippers have down time and get bored at work just like every other job. You have to make it fun during the boring times.

Did we just see that?

My first time in a strip club was at a tiny place that was completely deserted prior to our arrival. When we walked in there was a stripper being hog tied by a scrawny DJ with all the other staff watching and laughing. The second they saw us everyone scurried away and quickly tried to go back to normal. It was the strangest experience ever. Hidden_Samsquanche

Ka-Ching! 

Less typically attractive girls tend to still make insane money as desperate men think they have a chance to score with them so will pay big money to spend time in V.I.P with them. These girls know this and milk the men for everything before leaving them for the next desperate customer.

Source, am the manager of a strip club. CMK120894

Mom's are the best! 

Sometimes there are "house moms" who run the dressing rooms. Sometimes the house mom is a gay guy. Sometimes he is tasked with trimming or tucking in a girl's tampon string so it doesn't show when she is nude on stage. Ultra-PowerfulCutex

Looney Tunes...

In Alberta, Canada we can throw loonies (dollar coins) at the strippers. They make games out of it by placing other coins on their body and making you throw loonies to knock them off. Herb1515

Weigh in...

Not a stripper, but dated one for over a year, she used to get weighed before each shift. There was an agreed weight each girl had to make based on their height & measurements and if they didn't make it they weren't allowed to work that shift. hihohorazio

Clean Up in the back! 

A stripper once told me she didn't want to work at a certain other club because they had Kleenex in the private rooms. tewnewt

Good call, paper towels are rougher but they are way more absorbent. HutSutRawlson

That's a lot to deal with...

I was a strip club DJ for several years, worked lunchtime and night shifts 7 days a week, in a country far away, where sex and nudity weren't allowed on the same premises. Half the time the DJ booth was in the dressing room, other half I'm in and out of the room because organizing strippers is like herding cats. Prostitutes looked down upon the strippers as 'silly young girls,' strippers looked down upon the prostitutes as 'mental old woman.' The ages of each were the same. They both were right.

Our strippers were waged, with odd instances of earning extra money via tipping (rarely 'cause not a thing in our country), 'doing a stag on stage,' out calls, or performing the special acts each night.

Routine was 3 songs minimum (girls choose music), full dress one song, top off next, bottom off for entire duration of 3rd song. One girl is on stage for around 10 minutes. Then can relax for however many girls on that night x 10 mins each. Allowed to drink, relaxed about Pot. Girls often sat/chatted/flirted with customers out of boredom, and for tips. Never saw a girl take a customer home. Tampon string and no scissors? Burn it off with a cigarette and a steady hand.

Each girl has her desk/area/mirror - don't mess with anything in it, or on it, and don't cross the boundary. Strippers boyfriend in? No other stripper is allowed near him. Unexpected real life friend/acquaintance/relative in the club? No dance - free holiday. Strippers always have 2 names - their real name and a stage name/s, that way they know who is talking to them during the day - customer, or friend of a friend.

Girls have their own invisible unsaid pecking order. Any problems with new strippers were basically about where to fit in to that order. A strip club is like any other job - after a while it gets boring and repetitive, yes - even with nude beautiful woman around you all the time. lurker1101

Be Yourself!! 

Not a stripper but managed a strip club for 2 years.

The main thing that I found interesting is that being hot isn't the main thing that will determine success.

The girls that make the best money are the girls with strong personalities, that will create a connection that will make the customer want to pay to stay in the moment.

Also the amount of money that some people spend. We have several customers that will spend anywhere between $5000 and $15000 a night on dances alone, and do this multiple nights every week. ReturnoftheKlown

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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