After a New York nightclub tried to justify its dancers getting the same "artistic" tax exemptions as ballerinas, New York's highest court ruled this week that strip clubs will have to pay their state sales taxes (guess the lawmakers don't see the artistry in stripping). This means the club's cover charge and lap dances will be taxed. While New York isn't giving a break to the pole-twirling ladies, Hollywood just can't get enough of them! Olivia Wilde plays a sharp-tongued stripper who tries her hand at butter carving in the film Butter, Vanessa Hudgens will slip into lucite heels for her role as a stripper who escapes a serial killer in next month's thriller The Frozen Ground, and Salma Hayek plays an exotic dancer for the third time in the recent French film Americano. Popular culture has a history of fascination with strippers, from tell-all books to R&B songs. So let's take a look back at some of the most notable stripper moments in pop culture!
This month, bachelorette partygoers are going to be saying "Whoa!" when Blossom star Joey Lawrence strips with Chippendales at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Teen '90s heartthrob no more, Joey is still mighty fine — and ripped — at 36 . . . heck, we'd watch him take it all off on stage!
And lucky for us, Joey isn't the only shirtless stripper eye candy of late. On Friday, Magic Mike hits theaters, featuring a sexy cast the likes of Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Matt Bomer showing off their bods in the male stripper flick.
But the male stripper phenomenon is relatively new and had its big break with the creation of all-male stripper troupe Chippendales in 1979. From boy bands to SNL skits to murder, male stripping has had a sexy, scandalous history. Check it now!
Whether he's the groom or just a friend, bachelor parties offer guys an excuse to engage in wild behavior that ranges from a few extra drinks to a long night at a strip club. While some women don't want their significant other entertaining strippers, pre-wedding ritual or not, others will give their guys a pass.
Still with a male vow of silence often sworn at bachelor parties, sometimes we don't even know what's involved. This can cause even the most laid-back girlfriend or fiancée to get curious. So I want to know: do you want to know?
Should dollar bills find their way from g-strings to grade schools? That's what viewers were debating on Headline News this week, as a group of strippers in Long Island proposed a "pole tax" to funnel money toward education.
Though some suspect it was just a publicity stunt, taxing exotic dance clubs isn't unheard of. Texas already has a similar "pole tax," which has reportedly brought in $13 million since 2007.
Considering that states tax other vices, including cigarettes and booze, while funding education through lotteries, taxing strip clubs sounds pretty reasonable. In the words of dancer Carmela Cioffi: "If the men — or anybody who enters a strip club — if they're going to spend money, they might as well help give a few dollars and throw it to the school. The kids are losing all their extracurricular activities, music, art, sports, everything is going."
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First of all my husband and I have been married for half of a year now. He's in the Navy and just got deployed, but right before the deployment he was sent to Hawaii for one day. I dropped him off at the airport and it was so hard for me to let him go. He called from Hawaii and we talked for five minutes then he said he had to go and he would call back.
As I was checking our bank account to check on the bills I noticed he had paid to go in to some type of club. While crying my eyes out because of how much I already missed him and knowing he wasn't coming home any time soon, I waited for him to call back. When he finally did I got him to tell me the truth and it turned out to be a strip club. This was his first time going into a strip club. The problem is that I feel so offended and disrespected. I know I'm not unattractive, and I'm very open minded in our sex life. So to me it seems as if I'm not enough for him, and that he didn't care about how I feel about strip clubs. The fact that he was lusting over those girls makes me so angry and upset.
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From the stripper pole to the Olympic podium? Proponents of "pole fitness" want more respect, and perhaps a gold medal would help. In an interview with Marie Claire, dance instructor Collette Kakuk, cofounder of the Pole Fitness Association, makes a case for pole dancing as an Olympic sport.
Poles aren't just for strippers anymore. There are stripping-based fitness classes, sport poles, and even national pole-dancing competitions. The moves require no small amount of strength, flexibility, control, and balance. Kakuk argues:
But if you look at rhythmic gymnastics and figure skating, so many of the movements are similar to what we do on the pole. We have to shatter the taboo. The pole is just another fitness apparatus, like a vertical balance beam.
I don't doubt that you have to be incredibly fit to pole dance. But I can't help but think the pole dancers might be a bit overeager for Olympic glory. As Kakuk points out, "we need to unify the sport. We don't even have common names for our moves." Well, at least they have a readymade soundtrack!
Alternative, hip-hop, country, rock, and now: lap dance. A radio station in Denver recently underwent a format change to become 101.5 The Pole, devoted to "classic nonstop stripper hits" from the '80s and beyond. Though it may just be a temporary stunt while the station transitions to an actual new format, The Pole is indeed spinning strip-centric hits until further notice. Do you think it's funny or foul?
A job-seeker stops by the Centerfolds booth during an adult entertainment industry job fair yesterday in San Francisco. Hundreds of people showed up to find out about strip clubs jobs ranging from bartender and cashiers to exotic dancers and waitresses.
DearSugar and Grossed Out Gretchen need your help. Her boyfriend enjoys the occasional jaunt to the strip clubs with his buddies, but she doesn't understand the thought process behind it. I'm sure many of you have experienced this before, so do you have any words of wisdom for her?
Why do attached men go to strip clubs? It's a topic of conversation that I try to bring up with my boyfriend, but he brushes me off every time I broach the subject. I just don't understand why they spend money to see a strange naked women who won't dance for them for less than $50, when they could go home to the women they love and do the horizontal tango for free! I totally get that men need their guy time, but why can't they do it at a bar that doesn't involved scantily clad women? — Grossed Out Gretchen