Look, if you believe that the gorgeous woman on the stage is actually named Persephone von Allura, you’re probably not exactly the most strip club-savvy dude at the rack. But sometimes, even the most die-hard clubgoer tends to believe a set of lies about what really goes on under the neon glow.
That’s why we asked author, activist, and dancer Elle Stanger to identify eight lies patrons still believe about strip clubs — and reveal the truths behind them. Turns out Persephone might be the smartest one in the room.
The lie: Strippers are selling their bodies
The truth: They’re renting their time
I go home intact. I don’t carve little pieces of myself off in exchange for cash. Just like a therapist rents their time to listen and speak in an office, I rent my time to listen and dance in MY office — the private dance room — or the stage.
The lie: Strippers are trying get you off
The truth: Good lord, please don’t get off
I don’t care how you orgasm, but I don’t need to be there if/when you do.