YALL ASKED FOR IT AND WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO GET WORDS FROM A adult oriente
d dancer. THE CONVERSATION DID NOT GO TO DEEP BUT THE DISCUSSION WAS INTERESTING. THIS INTERVIEW SEEMS TO FIT WITH THIS MONTH’S LOVE ADVICE. THANK YOU SUSAN FOR THE WORDS.
AD: HOW DID YOU GET INTO STRIPPING/DANCING?
S: I was 18 and went to apply for a cocktailing job at the Yellow Rose. After sitting around a while and looking at the dancers, I thought it looked like more fun. I had boobs, and liked being on stage, so I asked the manager if I could dance, and he said, “Sure!” He took a look at me with my shirt off, gave me a regulation thong, and told me to be back at 7.
AD: IS AUSTIN A GOOD PLACE TO STRIP?
S: Texas in general is a good place to dance. There are a lot of clubs, house fees (what we pay to work) are reasonable, and it’s generally a relatively mainstream thing here. I like Austin specifically because the clubs aren’t targeted by law enforcement the way they are in the other major Texas cities.
AD: WHAT IS THE MOST MONEY YOU HAVE MADE IN ONE NIGHT?
S: You’d have to ask my accountant.
AD: HAS YOUR VIEW OF MEN CHANGED SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN A DANCER?
S: Not really; my view of women has, though.
AD: DO YOU GET TURNED ON WHILE YOU WORK?
S: Let me quote the great Jo Boobs here: ” I’m in it for the money, but making money makes me horny.”
AD: DO YOU GET SICK OF THE MUSIC?
S: I’m not a big fan of most of the music that’s played in the clubs to begin with, but it doesn’t really bother me. I kind of tune it out unless it’s something I like, or something really obnoxious, like hard metal or hardcore rap. I usually bring in my own music to dance to.
AD: IS IT HARDER TO WORK AT A FULLY NUDE CLUB OR A TOPLESS CLUB? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE (BESIDES THE OBVIOUS)?
S: There’s generally less contact at a nude club, though that’s changed over the years. Nude clubs tend not to be as nice as topless clubs because they are targeting a different crowd. I don’t find it any harder or easier to work nude or topless, though I have danced nude for so long now that when I dance topless I am hypervigilant about keeping my thong in place.
AD: CAN WOMEN WORK IN MORE THAN ONE CLUB AT THE SAME TIME?
S: It depends on the individual club’s policies. Some clubs in Austin don’t want you to work anywhere else while you’re working in their club. Exceptions are if you’re working in another club owned by the same people.
AD: WHY DO WOMEN NEED A MALE ESCORT TO ENTER CLUBS?
S: Well, they don’t, not everywhere. XTC admits unescorted women, and the Yellow Rose will, “at the manager’s discretion.” This dates back to a time when the only women who were coming into strip clubs who didn’t work there were either looking for their husbands or prostitutes. I think that you will see more clubs relax their policies in the near future.
AD: DOES DANCING AFFECT YOUR SOCIAL LIFE (GOOD/BAD)? ARE YOU RECOGNIZED OUTSIDE OF THE CLUB?
S: I don’t go downtown or out to clubs much, so no, I don’t get recognized. Dancing doesn’t really affect my social life at all. I still do the same things and hang out with the same people who I would regardless of my profession.
AD: IS IT STRANGE TO YOU THAT IT IS ILLEGAL IN TEXAS TO SELL DILDOS BUT YOU CAN STILL GO TO A FULLY NUDE CLUB AND BRING IN YOUR OWN ALCOHOL?
AD: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PROSTITUTION?
S :Can’t say. I’ve never hired one.
AD: WHAT LIVE MUSIC BRINGS YOU OUT?
S: Not a lot of local bands these days, though I like Walter Daniels a lot. I enjoy listening to Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Super Furry Animals, and Idlewild right now. If I go out to listen to music, it’s usually to Emo’s.
AD: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION?
S: Do you really want to talk to a stripper about politics? I liked it so much better when you were asking me if I got horny at work and how much money I made.