Stripping might not be the oldest profession, but it is certainly a lucrative one. It’s a low impact way for some women to make a little extra money — and it’s legal. But how many women have availed themselves of this sensual revenue enhancement? If the New York Post is to be believed, strippers are all around us! And they’d like to keep their secret identities, well, secret:
Nearly two dozen current and former dancers for Rick’s Cabaret — including moms of school-age children — filed court papers yesterday seeking to block lawyers from contacting them about a pending class-action employment suit against the Midtown jiggle joint.
No word on whether the strippers are also seeking an injunction to place a gag order on Texas alum Vince Young…
The Post goes to great pains to explain that strippers are normal people:
The Jane Does “include an aspiring lawyer (who utilized entertaining to fund her legal education), a real-estate broker, an independent business owner and a cosmetologist,” according to the Manhattan federal court filing.
“Several have school-age children and are members of the PTA. In their lives outside the nightclubs, they pursue normal, ordinary lives and become seamless members of the community,” the papers say.
The sad thing is that these strippers are probably right to be wary of being exposed. Men can frequent a club like Rick’s Cabaret with impunity. They can brag about it. They can take summer associates to strip clubs with little repercussion.
But if a woman works at a strip club, well that’s a different thing entirely:
“While they know that entertaining is a legal pursuit, they recognize and are sensitive to the stigmatization and negative stereotypes that often attach to this line of work. They are painfully aware that if their identities are revealed in connection with their work as entertainers their lives will be changed,” the papers state.
CHECK YOU DOUBLE STANDARDS.
Of course, the stigma the “aspiring lawyer” faces for being a stripper might not be all that different than the stigma she’ll face if she completes her legal education and passes the bar. From the comments on the NY Post:
i am trying to understand the difference between someone selling themselves for money and a lawyer
What a dumb question, everybody knows strippers aren’t allowed to f*** you.
Strippers: Don’t bare our secret [New York Post]