This is an unprecedented period in history. Life as we know it has ground to a halt. We are trapped inside our houses until further notice.
Nobody is making an income. We are faced with the possibility of an unchecked epidemic. We want to know when life will return to normal.
For now, this is all we have.
Here were some of those answers.
A couple of clubs in Portland are doing Boober Eats - topless food delivery by dancers.
I am not a dancer. A few of my friends are though and this is going to save them during all this.
Never The Same
Male stripper here. Mostly dance for private events (and a few clubs), but the virus will definitely affect business, probably for quite a while.
We Are Freaking Out
Most of us are freaking out. My city did an 8 week closure of all the bars.
I actually file my taxes but was injured in late 2017 and did not have income for 2018 to file taxes, so I probably don't get the stimulus check, which is not great.
Weather The Storm
I am a stripper with an actual answer. There are three clubs in my city, the one I work in just closed it's doors for good due to non-virus-related issues so I've been out of a job for over a month. All the girls from my club flocked to the other two clubs, one of which just closed for the virus. The one club left is still open for now but is likely to close soon.
I'm lucky that I'm very good with my money and gave myself several fall-back accounts with enough money to last a few months on. A lot of my friends didn't and are very very scared. If clubs don't open soon and I can't find any work I'll likely join a phone sex line (yes they still exist) or do Uber eats driving. I can't do camming or only fans because I'm extremely private about my identity.
Stripping is basically the second oldest profession and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Ladies who do sex work will ALWAYS find ways to make money and are some of the most enterprising people I know. We will be fine and we will always be fine. I have no doubt when this blows over the clubs will reopen and I'll be working again soon.
21st Century Solutions
Local one that's normally open 7 days a week finally closed as of today through the end of the month. I was wondering that myself. Can't see as this would be a good opportunity to make up for it in house calls. Maybe camming instead?
A Little Bit Of Help
Stripper here! Everything went into lock down on Saturday and our club shut... I'm self isolating at the moment, I'm anxious though as I was in such close contact with so many people before we shut. I'm going to be relying on admireme (like onlyfans) and help from kind friends!
At Least There's An Alternative
Serious answer, wife is a stripper and the clubs here closed down, the last few days they were open they were really dead anyways though understandably. She has an onlyfans account, but also trying to find work with something that's still open.
Personally I urged her to stop going when this all started, rubbing up on strangers is a sure way to get sick right now imo
How Long Will It Go?
I was a stripper for awhile, but I've been away from it for a little over a year now. No one I've talked to is worried. One of the women I worked with was posting that she was looking to rent a house with a private beach to wait this whole thing out.
Given the amount of cash that passes through their hands on a nightly basis, a few weeks off really isn't going to hurt them. It's a common stereotype that strippers aren't financially smart, but that wasn't true at all in my experience.
The only thing that's a little iffy is rent -- I live in a city where basically everyone rents, and a lot of my old coworkers live in really nice places because they can afford them. Like I said, I'm sure everyone has savings, but to be fair, I'm not sure if they have enough to pay 3 months of 10k in rent without working, depending how long this thing lasts
The Government Won't Help
The owner of my club is going to keep it open until she legally can't anymore, which would be great if there were any actual spending customers still coming in. I was supposed to work this week but I've come down with something, likely the pandemic but I don't meet the testing requirements (despite being in close physical contact with travellers frequently) so I guess we'll never know. Making webcam preparations with my best friend/housemate/coworker. I am trying very hard not to panic.
Anything We Can To Survive
I'm probably going to test the waters of a shift at a club I had regulars before it gets locked down and shut but expect it will be unprofitable.
I'm selling off my dead car in pieces, seeing what I can sell on eBay. Looking for a warehouse job asking my friends for office or warehouse Jobs.
And worst case scenario, paying a massive fee to access the over payments on my mortgage.
And the guy who made a joke about live streaming, well yeah that's definitely an option I am heavily considering. 😊
Being an exotic dancer is generally not necessarily people's vision for themselves as children, but the financial draw of the job is pretty great.
A person can basically pay tuition with the amount of money they walk away with from working in a club. It's a very lucrative thing. But it also draws a crowd that is rather unusual, as it is an unusual job.
Those unusual crowds can sometimes be hard to deal with.
Reddit user iamiconick asked:
[Serious] Strippers of Reddit. What do you really think of the people that see you perform?
"Was male stripper for a bit. My opinion: it's all types for all reasons. Passing judgement on folks generally just makes you less approachable. There are good folks who like gyrating naked people but are awkward socially and have lots of money. Creepy is still creepy. Considerate is still considerate. Only difference is I'm not wearing pants."
Parallels To Customer Service
"Ex stripper. The guys that came in and knew the deal were great. Tip the girl on stage, get a lap dance, be polite. The worst were the guys that thought they were smarter than the strippers or that they could somehow game us. Like, one guy I remember went on a whole rant about how smart he was because he could tell it was all fake and the girls weren't really attracted to the men. Uh, yeah dude, you're a genius. Or when they think they're funny by degrading the women. It's not funny and you're the one that looks bad. Honestly, for the most part I didn't think about the guys much at all. I was on autopilot most of the time and didn't judge them any more than thinking who looks interested in a private dance or who was a jerk I wanted to avoid."
"You get your share of creeps but mostly where I worked (a long time ago) a lot of young groups of guys just looking for a good time. Every once in a while you have someone who has too good of a time and gets rowdy and acts like an idiot. Granted I only worked 2-3 nights a week, people who dance full time (especially during the day) have a whole different kind of crowd to deal with. But customers are generally all the same, just looking for something to distract them from life for a while. Feels like a lifetime ago that I danced, my husband and I go together now every once in a while to get a private dance for a while and it's way more fun being on the other side."
Cinnamon Told You Nothing
"Generally depends on what kind of customer that person is really. The best kind is the dude who understands that it is all a game. They tip well, they are sociable and polite, may even be regulars with certain girls and are never a problem. The entire club staff loves guys like this."
"The ones that the dancers hate? The "I don't pay for dances" guy who thinks that line will somehow make him desirable for dancers? His trademark line goes something like "You are too beautiful/smart/amazing to be doing this, if you get with me you can leave this behind".
"The pimps that go around asking the girls if they "Want to make some real money" are real POSes as well. Then there was the ones that I really had a personal dislike for, the dudes who would try and wait in the parking lot at the end of the night because "Cinnamon and I really had a connection you know? She told me to wait for her!" No she didn't buddy, IF Cinnamon told you that, she did so knowing that I would be kicking everybody out of the parking lot before the dancers left for the evening."
"The strip club industry is a weird place."
"Source: Longtime strip club bouncer."
A New Way To Talk
"Ex-stripper here: Of course I encountered all different types, but I am here to mention one type in particular (my favorite). There were a lot of customers who were lonely, or didn't have anyone to talk to who would really listen to them. They figured out that they could come in and pay for company. I would sit at the table with one of my regulars for a few hours and just talk. I made a point of showing that I valued them as a person and was genuinely interested in their conversation. He knew that he was taking up my time, and every so often would hand me another bill. I didn't pity them, I respected them for figuring out a way to engage with other humans and satisfy their need for connection."
"Depends on the person."
"I've had stalkers follow me home. Creeps who tried to get violent with me at work. People who pissed me off."
"I've also met some really wonderful people I'm fine with calling my friends. I just had a baby and invited two ex customers to my baby shower in June."
"I used to have a girlfriend who was a stripper, and sometimes I'd visit her at work and hang out with her and her co-worker buddies when it was slow. One time when we were doing this, another stripper sat down with us and said, "Cool, I just got 10 straight lap dances with Bob." I asked, "Which one is Bob?" No one said anything, then one of the girls giggled. My girlfriend said, "Um, Jeremy, they're ALL 'Bob' "
"I dated a stripper for a while (no we didn't meet at the club). We were 18. She liked some of her regulars, but she would often get married guys in there and she absolutely hated them (not that she wouldn't take their money) because she wanted to just have fun and not worry about ruining people's marriages. She also disliked the people that were old enough to be her dad because there were a lot of old creepy people who would proceed to show her pictures of their kids who were around her same age."
"In general though as long as people tipped well and didn't make things awkward she seemed to really enjoy most of her clients."
"Also never ask your stripper out, she probably doesn't like you. And also don't propose to them because that makes it super awkward. They're just people, no one proposes to cute girls out of the blue, there's no way to handle that situation that ends well."
"As a male, I asked a stripper this same question. She said "it's just a job. It's their fantasy and they pay for it. Some of these guys are lonely. Some have wives/girlfriends at home who don't give them the attention we give them in a 5 minute lap dance in 5 months. Then you have all the others in-between"
"Most of the people there are just coming for a good time. You get your occasional creeps who you're giving a lap dance to and they flat-out try to shove their hands down your front but it's all fine and dandy, there's always a bodyguard just around the corner. The one thing I love about working at my local strip club is the younger ones who are always so shy and timid. I was giving a lap dance to one boy with the cutest little face and he didn't know he was allowed to touch us, so when I took his hands and set them on my behind he started freaking out a little bit by stuttering and saying stuff like "is this allowed?" and "I don't know about this".
What an eyeopening read. Do you have similar stories? Please share them below!
The human mind is a powerful, beautiful, terrifying thing. It's capable of some incredible stuff when it's working exactly as expected, but when starts to do the unexpected, that's when things get really interesting. The mind is capable of fake pregnancies, feeling limbs you don't have, "seeing" from eyes that you no longer have (speaking from personal experience on that one) and so much more.
One Reddit user asked:
Psychologists/Psychiatrists of Reddit: What Was The Most Interesting Case You Have Seen Or Heard?
Here are some of the most interesting responses. Content may have been edited for clarity.