I fought hard to prove otherwise. No other profession I knew paid women significantly more than men. I could choose my hours, take time off and still have a job to come back to. Stripping offered endless possibility. Feminism Sexuality Women comment. I know now that male-dominated society needs this stigma to maintain the status quo. When I started stripping in the back bar of a Christchurch brothel at 18, I was in control of my decision to get nude — or so I thought.
And I did choose stripping, again and again.
As a stripper I've spent two decades naked, and this is what I learnt
Putting myself up onstage and demanding payment for being watched were exertions of control. And still I told myself it was my choice. Additionally, what I did for work on weekends was seen as the sum total of who I was. Show 25 25 50 All. Sex workers were stigmatised as morally bankrupt, lacking in self-respect, so not worthy of respecting. And I did choose stripping, again and again.