I left work on a high, thinking about all that exciting money, but several times over the last few days I’ve found my thoughts straying to Kevin and wondering how he’s coping. I don’t regret taking advantage of his heart-ache to pay my rent. It’s my job, and he knew what he was getting into when he chose to drown his sorrows in a strip club.
“It’s OK to be a 36 year old computer geek,” he said, “but it’s not OK to be a 36 year old computer geek with no future.”
. . . .
“I’m a Pisces,” he explained. “A guy Pisces is basically a girl. We only relate to girls.”
I've always found strip clubs to be some of the most depressing places imaginable. It's not that I'm immune to the party atmosphere. It's just that the whole arrangement is so cold, calculating and, ultimately, very sad.
There's a customer who ... picks a girl, seemingly at random, and gets $1000 worth of courts (the 30 minute dances) with her. During the courts, he doesn't want the girl to dance-no, he wants the girl to lay down with her head in his lap, face away from him (so not in a perv way, but more like in the way an exhausted child might zonk out on her father's lap).
Then, for the duration of the series of courts he bought, he just strokes the dancer's hair gently and says, sadly,
"Poor dead stripper."
And then he gives the girl an extra five grand (I guess he knows how goddamned creepy that shit is), and leaves again, not to return for a year or more.
coiled: "Exotic Dancer" mix:
KokuRyu: Empowerment blah blah sacred yonni blah blah sexual harassment laws mean every woman is a victim blah blah blah...but no mention of the fact that organized crime controls the strip clubs, and, by extension, the lives of every woman working as a stripper at those strip clubs. And I must state, for the record, that organized crime (like, say the Hells Angels in Canada) is scum.
clevershark: A man goes there in order to be fooled into thinking, even if it's just for a moment, that this girl showing her tits in front of you face would still be there if money weren't involved, because he's not like the other guys there. Being lied to about emotional issues is large what men go to strip clubs for.
eye of newt: The whole concept of the place is that you pay women to think they like you
rosiesugars: It didn't matter how much sexual abuse I'd experienced as a child (none) or how much I needed to buy drugs (not at all) or whether I could get the guy into the alley for a blowjob (never did that) - I was still sick to my stomach to be the cause of hurting another human being. So I never did it again. For the next seven years, I never lead a single customer on. Quite the contrary, one of the perks of the job is the right to tell any guy off who behaves disrespectfully. Most waitresses would get fired for that.
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