The question alone will thrust a percentage of you to think that I am justifying the alleged rape of the woman who worked as a stripper by Duke University lacrosse team members. If you want to go there with that foolish assumption, go ahead with it.
The fact is, women in this country who strip for a living do so because that is what they choose to do–just like men choose to go to strip clubs to watch them (supply/demand). There are no forces of race or class that bring these two groups together–just need. During this whole national debate regarding this Durham rape case, I’ve reached my fill of armchair activists that want to use poverty as a reason why this young woman was “driven” to strip in front of “white” men.
[FOR THE RECORD, IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IS LEFT WITH NO OTHER OPTION FOR INCOME BUT TO STRIP, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST AND I WILL DO ALL I CAN DO TO FIND OTHER NON-DEMEANING OPTIONS FOR YOU. THE RESOURCES ARE OUT THERE AND I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP YOU FIND THEM.]
In an earlier post I mentioned that two reasons why women chose to strip is because the money is good and quick. There are also much deeper reasons that I was not ready to address until now.
Columnist Bonnie Fitzpatrick who writes for The Pendulum (a campus newspaper for Elon University) does a much better job addressing this particular issue than I at this point in her article entitled “Working at a strip club: Is it the best choice for making money?”. First, here is a brief description of Elon University for those who are not familiar with that institution:
Elon University is a private liberal arts university in Elon, North Carolina founded in 1889 by the Christian Church, which is now the United Church of Christ. Formerly known as Elon College, it became a university in 2001. Elon is sometimes referred to as the “Ivy League of the South”. The 575 acre (2.3 kmÃ‚Â²) campus features old oak trees, brick sidewalks, a fountain, and two lakes. Elon is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. (from: Wikipedia)Ã‚Â
Here are some excerpts of Fitzpatrick’s article:
“I will be the first to admit that I would love to have more money. I think any girl would say the same. But a rising trend at Elon that I cannot seem to understand is the number of girls working at strip clubs. I can sympathize with the desire to make money. But does any Elon student need money so bad that she would need to work at a strip club to get by?
I do not want to offend anyone who works in a strip club. I myself know a few girls who do. But at a university that costs as much as Elon and brings in as many middle and upper class families as it does, I question the real motives behind why an educated and, almost certainly, well-off young woman would want to work in a strip club. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think that money is the only driving force.
Since this summer the number of girls I have known of working in strip clubs has risen tremendously. I cannot help but wonder why, since these same girls are driving new cars and sport the latest fashions. If it was money that was lacking, it seems reasonable that their parents could help them out if they could send them to Elon and buy them a nice car.
Now, for the most part, the girls who work at the strip clubs work as cocktail waitresses or at the door. But if they arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stripping, why not work in a regular bar or restaurant?
I know from talking with girls who work as cocktail waitresses at a local strip club that on a slow night they will make no more than a typical server at a place like Outback. But they have much more clean up duties after hours than a normal restaurant employee.”
“Most Elon girls are not single parents trying to raise a child on their own, or trying to support a drug habit. And, from what I see they really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t lack confidence enough to feel they can only gain it by working in a provocative industry.
The only answer that I am left with is that our culture has allowed young women to express their sexuality so openly that it is no longer even surprising to see middle- and upper-class women working in an industry that used to be dominated by the drug addicts and the truly poor.” (click here to read the entire article)