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The Pole Position: Is Stripping for You? (And How to Stay Healthy Doing It)

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119 pagine
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Pubblicato:
Dec 28, 2011
ISBN:
9780984725519
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In these uncertain economic times, one of the job possibilities young women may be curious about is stripping, even though they may never have imagined themselves taking their clothes off for cash before. THE POLE POSITION: Is Stripping for You? (And How to Stay Healthy Doing It) answers all those technical, emotional, financial, and moral questions to reveal the truth behind the fiction.

• Are high-end Gentlemen’s Clubs in the city as glamorous as you’ve heard?
• Will your local dive-club be dangerous and demeaning?
• Will you be expected to perform “extras” for the managers?
• Is leaving the stripping world as difficult as some say?

THE POLE POSITION does not try to convince women not to enter the adult entertainment business—it simply answers the questions most necessary to think about before deciding if stripping will be a healthy lifestyle choice.

• Why do you think you want to become a stripper?
• How do you think being a stripper might affect your future?
• Do you think you possess the right skills for the job?
• Are you prepared for the difficulties involved?
• Have you considered the people in your life?
• How do you really feel about stripping?
• What are your long-term goals in life?

THE POLE POSITION: Is Stripping for You? (And How to Stay Healthy Doing It) is a Decision-Making Guide and Self-Discovery Journal that will help women to further value their own identities through their quest to understand their motivations for stripping. For women interested in developing their own life narratives, they will explore how writing their lives and discovering their selves is all part of an ongoing process. The dots are connected between the bonds of body, beauty, and self with which all modern women struggle, so that readers may be able to look to themselves for answers to questions of identity.

Each of the 9 chapters is followed by ten questions for review with space to journal answers, which will help women explore their motivations, strengths, and possible weaknesses for survival in the business.

Pubblicato:
Dec 28, 2011
ISBN:
9780984725519
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

Sheila Hageman is a multi-tasking wife and mother of three. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, CUNY. She teaches Yoga and Writing. Her memoir, “Stripping Down,” will be published by Pink Fish Press February 2012. She has poems in the anthologies: Uphook Press, Gape Seed: A Poetry Anthology and Edgar & Lenore’s Publishing House, In the Company of Women: Poetic Musings of Wit and Wisdom, and Fat Daddy’s Farm Press, Joy Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss. Sheila’s work has also been featured in Salon, Conversely, The Fertile Source, ken*again, Prime Mincer, Foliate Oak Literary Journal, Jet Fuel Review, Ginger Piglet Press, Xenith Magazine, Girls Can’t What, and Mommy Poppins. Visit Sheila’s website at SheilaHageman.com.

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The Pole Position

"This thin volume dresses itself as a smart, sassy how-to guide for strippers, but peel off that outer layer and underneath you will find a soulful reflection on life and womanhood.  Half memoir and half self-help, Sheila Hageman's wise and witty observations will enlighten all her readers: aspiring strippers, and everyone else."

--Wendy Wisner, Epicenter and Another Place of Rocking

"Sheila Hageman's The Pole Position: Is Stripping For You? is a guide and a soul-searching journal for those considering stripping as a vocation. A former stripper, and now a married mother of three, a writer and college professor, Hageman is not ashamed of her past. In fact, she uses her lessons learned to provide insight and opportunities for her reader to self reflect. This book is for anyone curious about what it's like to be a stripper."

--Sandra Hurtes, On My Way To Someplace Else

The Pole Position

Is Stripping for You?

(And How to Stay Healthy Doing It)

Sheila Hageman

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The Pole Position: Is Stripping For You? (And How To Stay Healthy Doing It)

by Sheila Hageman

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 by Sheila Hageman

Discover other titles by Sheila Hageman at http://www.SheilaHageman.com

This book is available in print at most online retailers.

International Standard Book Numbers

Softcover 10: 0984725504

Softcover 13: 978-0-9847255-0-2

E-book: 10: 0984725512

E-book 13: 978-0-9847255-1-9

1. SEL031000, SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General. 2. OCC019000, BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth.

Cover illustration: George Berger

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Dedication

My appreciation and respect goes out to all the women I have had the privilege of sharing a stage with throughout my stripping career. And to all the young women struggling to make the best choices possible today—I hope you will find the answers and direction you seek within these pages.

Acknowledgements

I’d like to express my gratitude to my family and writing friends who have supported me through the years and believed in me even when I have not. This book would not be what it is without editor extraordinaire Elizabeth Smith. A special thank you to my sister, Peggy Hageman, for coming up with the perfect title.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. My Story

2. Motivation: Why Do You Want to Be a Stripper?

3. Requirements: Do You Possess the Right Skills for the Job?

4. Risks: Are You Prepared for the Difficulties Involved?

5. Relationships: Have You Considered the People in Your Life?

6. Morals: How Do You Really Feel about Stripping?

7. Goals: What Are Your Long-Term Goals in Life?

8. Expectations: Do You Know What to Expect?

9. Putting on Your Best Performance

Epilogue

About the Author

Introduction

Ladies, have you ever wondered what really goes on in a strip club? Ever wondered why your mate loves to go hang out and watch some other woman strip down to her skivvies? Well, now you don’t have to sit through the agonizing sneers and cracks at your local topless bar to learn the tricks of the trade. I will usher you inside the strip club world and teach you not only the secret moves you need to seduce your own man in private, but also how to decide if you really should take it all the way and become a professional exotic dancer. If you do make the decision to give stripping a try, use this guide to help you to stay healthy while in the stripping business and after your exit.

Think about it: in these uncertain economic times, there are lots of people looking for career opportunities in unusual places. If you happen to be a young woman, one of the job possibilities you may be curious about is stripping, even though you may never have imagined yourself considering taking your clothes off for cash.

You may be trying hard to look past your preconceptions of strippers; maybe you have even made fun of women in the adult entertainment business. But now here you are—wondering just what it’s really like to dance nude in a strip club for a living. You’ve even skimmed the Adult Help Wanted section of your alternative weekly newspaper out of curiosity. You’ve joked to your significant other that maybe you should become a stripper, and while he chuckled at the idea, you were secretly wondering what was so funny.

Or maybe you’re thinking about stripping because you’ve heard stories about women putting themselves through college by stripping a few nights a week and you’re thinking, hey, if they can do it, why not me? Or perhaps a friend of a friend danced for a few years and made enough money to buy a nice condo by the beach and you’re thinking, I’m just as attractive as she is; why shouldn’t I be making that kind of money instead of slaving away as a waitress for minimum wage?

There are lots of reasons why a young woman may contemplate becoming a stripper. Whatever your reasons, you probably have a lot of questions about what the business is really like. Sure, you’ve surfed the Internet in search of forums, you’ve browsed stripper blogs, and you’ve even rented Showgirls a few times, but you’re wondering what the truth is behind the fiction.

You may have questions like: Are high-end gentlemen’s clubs in the city as glamorous as I’ve heard? Will my local dive-club be dangerous and demeaning? Will I be expected to perform extras for the managers? Is leaving the stripping world as difficult as some say?

This guide will answer all your technical, emotional, financial, and moral questions from the viewpoint of someone who worked in the business for a decade and experienced the full range of strip club environments and situations. Today, as a writer and teacher, I’ve also taken a lot of time to revisit my past to understand my motivations and the deeper meanings of my experiences.

My goal is not to convince you one way or the other to enter or not enter the adult entertainment business—I simply want to give you the facts I wish I had had before I started stripping. I will present you with the questions I think most necessary to mull over before you decide if stripping will be a healthy lifestyle choice for yourself or if you should keep your exotic shows for your partner’s eyes only.

When I first started stripping in 1989, the Internet didn’t exist, nor were there books about strippers in stores. Now there are a multitude of virtual peeks into the strip club world available to you in memoirs, magazines, and strip club reviews. I went into my first club with no idea of what to expect. You could say I went in blind but had my eyes opened quickly. I’m not sure if I would have become a stripper if I had had the kind of knowledge at my fingertips that is available now to you. Take advantage of the fact that you can know what to expect before you make such an important decision in your life.

Let’s face it—becoming a stripper is not like becoming a sales clerk or a receptionist. Stripping is a job that will impact your life on many levels. As much as you may like to think you are strong enough not to be affected by certain negative influences that surround you on such a job, you may be incorrect. There is no way to become a stripper without coming face-to-face with some serious issues and requirements.

Don’t get me wrong—I’ve seen many happy exotic dancers who I believe really enjoyed the job. But for every at-peace-with-being-a-stripper woman, there are a dozen who suffer every day that they strap on their stilettos. And even worse, many continue to suffer the repercussions years after they leave the business.

This guide is written for you—the woman deciding if this is the right profession to enter or if you’d rather just be a private dancer for your mate. I am not here to judge either way. I believe in freedom of choice for everyone and that there are some women who will never regret their decision to be a stripper. But why go into something without examining the facts? You wouldn’t buy a new camera without checking out the options available, right? So take the time to study this guide and learn what to

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