A spirit animal is supposed to be someone who encapsulates your essence, your soul, your very spirit. When I saw Lulu the Plus Size Pole Dancer, I knew I had found mine. Even though she’s a bigger girl, Lulu took the stage of “America’s Got Talent” in front of millions of viewers and swung herself around the pole oozing confidence. (And I’ve taken a pole dancing class: those moves are haaaard.) The judges did not seem too impressed, so I’m not quite sure she’s got a lot of talent. But Lulu sure has hell has gumption. [E! Online]
Las Vegas is the land of celebrity second acts. Some of them are seedier than others, like, say, taking your clothes off for drunk, howling bachelorettes. Joey Lawrence is the latest shameless celeb to add “stripper” to his resume: the 36-year-old will be joining the all-male stripper crew at Chippendales for a three-week engagement this June. Whoooooa!, as his “Blossom” alter ego might say. Let’s dial back to 1996 when I really would have cared what Joey was packing down below his Chippendales bow tie. [TMZ]
We know all about the ladies of Hollywood who’ve swung around a pole, whether for a role, for exercise, or for rent money. But Joey Lawrence is just one of many male celebs who have worked as strippers, too! Let’s ogle them, shall we? Keep reading »
This past March, the Houston Chronicle fired society reporter Sarah Tressler from her job after the city’s rival newspaper exposed her as a stripper. The Chronicle claimed it only fired Tressler because she did not reveal that job — not, say, because it actually had a problem that one of its reporters worked the pole at upscale strip clubs and wrote about her adventures on a blog called Diary Of An Angry Stripper.
Now Tressler, 30, has retained the notorious feminist lawyer Gloria Allred to fight back. On Thursday, she filed a federal gender discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Chronicle, alleging that she’s being unjustly targeted because stripping is a female-dominated field. Keep reading »
A Texas newspaper has fired staff reporter Sarah Tressler after she was exposed — by a competing paper, natch — as a stripper. Tressler, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree, worked as a society reporter for the Houston Chronicle and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. But for eight years, she also worked at upscale strip clubs. Keep reading »
“More feather and rhinestones! Better lighting! Bigger production value! Striptease burlesque was invented in America, so it’s not any different. … If you read anything Gypsy Rose Lee ever wrote, she liked being called a stripper. That word was used back then. I don’t really need any fancy terminology to describe what I do. I never correct someone when they say, ‘She’s a stripper.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I am.’ I am proud of what I do.”
— Dita Von Teese is right, of course. Stripping is stripping. But I also found her explanation overly simplistic. I know several burlesque performers, as well as several strippers, and my impression is that burlesque usually begins as a “past time” or “hobby” that involves spending a lot of money on costumes, shoes, hair and makeup, and it can turn into a full-time job for only a select few. My impression of stripping is that it is a full-time job, or a part-time job during school (or whatever), which women get into out of economic necessity more so than a “hobby.” I do not look down on strippers — in fact, one of my fave Frisky commenters is a former stripper! — but I’m definitely more into watching burlesque! [TimeOut London] Keep reading »