Lap Dancers Not Just Pretty Faces

A STUDY of lap dancers has found that one in four has a university DEGREE.

The majority of women in the industry were attracted by the money after finishing school and gaining qualifications, according to the research.

An average stripper takes home £232 per shift — or £48,000 a year — after paying commission and fees to the club where they work.

Many are aspiring actresses, models and artists who hope to use lap dancing as a lucrative platform for breaking into their desired industry.

Unemployed arts graduates unable to enter their ideal careers since university made up a sizeable proportion of the lap dancers interviewed.

The research, conducted by Dr Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy from the University of Leeds, found the vast majority reported high levels of job satisfaction.

Most said flexibility was the main attraction of the job.

But the academics called for better regulation to improve dancers’ safety, including the banning of private booths in clubs.

Dancers are also open to exploitation by the clubs, which can impose “unfair” charges or fines on them.

One dancer said: “There’s not enough security. I know of girls who have been raped and abused at work.

“You cannot go to the police as you are a stripper, so there’s no legal standing.”

The research comes after a change in the law saw lap dancing clubs reclassified as entertainment venues, giving local authorities more power to limit the number of clubs in their area.

But Dr Sanders said she was surprised at the “endless supply of women” wanting to enter the profession.

She said: “These women are incredibly body confident. I think there is something of a generational cultural difference.

“These young women do not buy the line that they are being exploited, because they are the ones making the money out of a three-minute dance and a bit of a chat.”

All the 300 women interviewed during the year-long study had finished school and gained some qualifications.

Almost 90 per cent had at least completed a further education course, while a quarter had undergraduate degrees.

Just over one in three dancers were currently in some form of education, with 14 per cent using dancing to help fund an undergraduate degree.

See original at The Sun


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