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Inside A Strip Club

Inside A Strip Club

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Published by Tom Matlack
Tom Matlack interviews the former manager of an L.A. gentlemen’s club to find out what it’s like to work among strippers—and the guys who shower them with cash.
Tom Matlack interviews the former manager of an L.A. gentlemen’s club to find out what it’s like to work among strippers—and the guys who shower them with cash.

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Published by: Tom Matlack on Dec 07, 2010
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What
REALLY 
happensInsideaStripClub
 
TomMatlackinterviewsaformermanagerofanL.A. gentlemen’sclubforaglimpseofwhatit’sliketoworkamongstrippers—andtheguyswhoshowerthemwithcash.
AcouplemonthsagoIhaddinnerwithfriendsinLosAngeles.AtthetablewasaguyIhadn’tseenin20years:Brad,theyoungerbrotheroftwoofmybuddies.Bradhadanattractiveyoungwomanonhisarm.Weallenjoyedadrinktogether.Aftertheyoungwomanleft,theconversationquicklyturnedtothenatureofherrelationshipwithBrad.Hisbrotherschuckledknowingly.Bradoncemanagedastripclub,andthefresh-facedyoungwomanhadbeenastripperthere.Hehadsincemovedontothegourmet-foodbusinessandhiredhertoconduct,andthenmanage,demonstrationsinhigh-endgrocerystores.BradproceededtotellstoriesIfoundfunny,sad,andsurprisingaboutwhatit’sliketoworkatastripclub.
Thatconversationcamerushingbacktomewhenthe
GoodMenProjectMagazine
ran“TheProfessional.”Inthatarticle,sexworkerCharlotteShaneexplainsthatshedoesn’tthinkofherselfasexploited.Sheclaimsthatmanyofherclientswere
 
goodmen.Ofallthestorieswe’vepublished,“TheProfesional”wasperhapsthemostchallengingtowrapmyheadaround.Theeditorialteamatthemagazineoperateswithcompleteautonomy;thefirsttimeIwasawareofthepiecewaswhenIgotanemailfromasourceononeofthestoriesI’dwrittenaboutteenagegirlsbeingforcedintoprostitution.Shewasemphaticthatpublishing“TheProfessional”haddoneirreparableharm,byendorsingprostitutionandminimizingtheviolencedonetowomeninthesexindustry.Atfirst,Iinstinctivelyagreedwithmysource.Ihavesatwithchildprostitutesandthepeoplewhotrytohelpthem.Ilearnedfirsthandhowtheiryounglivesweredevastatedatthehandsofpimpsandjohnswhoexploitedthememotionallyandphysically.Buttwothingschangedmymind.IpostedthepieceonFacebookandaskedmyfriendsiftheyfounditoffensive.Adozenrespondentsallsaiditwasarevealingglimpseintomalesexualityandhowthesextradeworksforsomewomen.Theydidn’tinterpretitasanendorsementofprostitution.Shane,awell-educatedwomanwhochosesexwork,wascarefultopointoutthatshewaswritingaboutherexperience,nottheexperienceofallsexworkers.ThesecondthingthatturnedmearoundwasrecallingmyconversationwithBrad.WhileIdidn’tcompletelyagreewithhisperspectiveonstrippingasavocation,Irealizedthatit’simportanttodistinguishfactfromfictionwhenitcomestothesexindustry.WhereIhadpreviouslyseenitasablack-and-whiteissue,Ibegantoseeshadesofgray:allsexworkisnotthesame.

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