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In Bars & Clubs

Destiny (not her real name) worked her way through college by dancing at Encore.

Interview with a Milwaukee stripper


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OMC: How about from a vanity perspective? Did you like being up there in various stages of undress while people ogled you?

Destiny: I think anyone who says that they don't like the attention is lying. Everyone likes to get compliments. There are days that you feel like you don't look as good as others, so that can be hard, but overall, the attention was good to get.

OMC: How shady was being a stripper? Were people propositioning you for sex?

Destiny: A few times, but I worked in smaller clubs. If people are after that, they'll go to one of the bigger clubs that's known for that.

OMC: Are there clubs in Milwaukee that are known for that?

Destiny: Yes. I don't entirely know, but I would assume so.

OMC: What about drugs? Is that a big part of the culture?

Destiny: I've never done drugs. I'm lucky I started when I was under 21, because otherwise maybe I would've been swayed. But I was stone-cold sober, but I saw them when I first started, and they're in other businesses, too. It's not nearly as prevalent as you think.

OMC: Were you given restrictions on what's allowed and what isn't, or was it at your discretion?

Destiny: All the clubs I worked at, we kind of joked and called them "Disney" clubs. They were very PG-13. In Milwaukee, you're not allowed to be nude. You're allowed to be topless, but you have to wear latex over your nipples. There's no contact. It's pretty tame.

OMC: Would you have worked somewhere where that wasn't the case?

Destiny: No. I wouldn't want to grind on someone. Some (dancers) came from other clubs and had a hard time adjusting. If someone came in and kept breaking rules, they'd be suspended for a week or fired.

OMC: There are people who think that strip clubs objectify women, but it sounds like you're saying that it's the other way around.

Destiny: I'd agree with that statement. The women that are threatened by their husband or their significant other going to strip clubs, really shouldn't be. They're more likely to meet someone at a corner bar or a bar Downtown than they are in a strip club.

OMC: Do you tell people that you used to be a stripper?

Destiny: I try to hide it, but it's hard because I did it for so long. Searching for a job, it is on my resume, but listed as a cocktail server.

OMC: Do people assume that you were abused as a child or have other deep-seated issues?

Destiny: I've never heard that, but people do judge you more harshly than if you were a cocktail server. Really, there's not much of a difference than working in a bar.

OMC: Do you find it degrading at all when guys throw money at you?

Destiny: Making it rain? Yeah, it does get to be kind of degrading because you have to bend over and pick it all up, but at the same time, it's money. If you think about what some people do for money, they shovel crap at the zoo. There are some bad jobs out there, and they would love to just be bending over and picking up a pile of money or un-crumpling up bills. There are those who love what they do, but those are pretty few and far between right now.

OMC: Considering how much strippers must drink during a shift, are your cocktails watered down?

Destiny: No, I think they're stronger. But people get suspended for drinking. I tried to limit myself, especially when I was going to school, because I couldn't go home hammered and write a paper.

OMC: Have you been to a strip club since you retired?

Destiny: Yeah. I'm still friends with people who work there. It's more expensive when you don't have to work. But it's nice to be able to get up and leave and not have to stay for seven hours.

OMC: Is there such a thing as stripper perfume?

Destiny: It's just a mixture of body sprays and perfumes.

OMC: Is using the word "stripper" offensive to you?

Destiny: I don't really care, but I'm laid back on that. Some people do prefer "performer" or "exotic dancer."

OMC: Where did you buy your stripper clothes?

Destiny: All over, and that's another myth, that people think the club provides that for you. A lot of it is expensive.

OMC: How did you remain convincing to dance in front of people that you, how shall I say, wouldn't normally dance in front of?

Destiny: I think that's in any customer service job. You're going to run into people that smell. Just kill them kindness. Grin and bear and smile.

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sandstorm | Feb. 25, 2011 at 9:40 a.m. (report)

ummm....sure....clears it up completely. by the way, no one makes wearing a tin foil hat sexy like you do monkey.

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captain | Feb. 24, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. (report)

I've never really been into strippers. I just feel bad for them. It also seems like going to a restaurant and they put a steak in front of you but you can't eat it. With 7 dollar beers on top of it.

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sandstorm | Feb. 24, 2011 at 7:38 a.m. (report)

what does this article have to do with Sara Foster? and wouldn't it be Andy who has replaced Sara Foster here, not the stripper? monkey's off his meds.

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shorewood | Feb. 23, 2011 at 2:58 p.m. (report)

Seriously? This is dumb...and very boring. There must be better things to write about than this. Lately, all the articles on this site have been a bunch of drivel and nonsense. (Funny comment about Sarah Foster!)

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TosaJim | Feb. 22, 2011 at 10:53 a.m. (report)

Sorry Andy...I have a feeling your "research" for this article was much more interesting than the article itself...this story has been told 100 times...I know you can do better.

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