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I shake my head, a little nervous. Pound in the glass, no touching. Because the thing I quickly discover as I start talking to dancers, is that most strippers really enjoy performing. They all use the same word: freedom. A study confirms this: 81 per cent of strippers felt happy with their work.
It was just having fun as a woman and enjoying that part of myself. Strip pubs are an East London institution. But traditionally, strip pubs have also been a better work environment for dancers. Details will vary, but strip pubs tended to have fewer constricting rules, allowed dancers to express themselves more on stage, and let them keep more of their earnings. You can pick your song to dance to, which not many places let you do. Strippers have always been a source of fascination.
Admired and feared, erotic dancers are seen as morally dubious or impossibly romantic — often at the same time. The seduction, the tease, is in the implied relationship, not in the nudity. The day the strip pub glory days ended can be pinpointed to July 30th, — the last day of the White Horse. This strip pub had been running on Shoreditch High Street for 38 years, managed by three generations of landladies who lived upstairs. The White Horse was known for being a good place to work, as strippers after a reasonable house fee could keep what they earned during the evening, and there would be a limited of dancers working so the atmosphere would be more collegial than competitive.
But Shoreditch gentrification finally caught up with the White Horse, and when the rent skyrocketed overnight Bristow saw no option other than to sell. The rest of the places are cut-throat. While technically self-employed, dancers have to adhere to a whole host of rules, to the point that they arguably should be classified as employees.
While the White Horse was known for being one of the best places to work, dancers could still get fired.
The same holds true for stripping in general. While you should never ever assume, some strippers will allow customers to touch them. A key reason for why conditions for strippers have deteriorated was the introduction of the Policing and Crime Act, which reclassified strip pubs and clubs as sexual entertainment venues.
The post recession climate has also hit the industry. As long as we can see where [dancers] are and talk to them, they are safe.
Shutting down venues strips women of power. But the changing working conditions mean strippers make less money than they used to. Because of the nature of that relationship they should be entitled to rights such as holiday pay and sick pay, as well as the right to organise through a trade union. But right now, strippers are facing a new challenge: radical feminists.
I make everybody feel good about themselves. In a world where almost all women have experienced street harassment, strip venues present a fascinating dynamic: women can literally crawl naked on their hands and knees, and yet no one can touch them.
Whatever your feelings are about strip venues, they do fulfil a societal function. Whatever else it was, it was a loved pub. It was more of a collective experience than personal enjoyment. I guess ultimately, everyone comes out a winner. These days, if you want to see a good stage show you may be better off going to a burlesque venue — strip clubs, and the remaining pubs, are more about private dances now. The dilemma is that working to break down the barrier that many former dancers face when they try to move on makes individual strippers more visible, and thereby vulnerable to the stigma which still very much exists.
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