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Times Are Tough, Moms -- Get Naked!

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Radical Mommy: Right now, times are pretty tough. But if things got any worse, there is no doubt in my mind that I would get naked and shake my moneymaker for dollar bills ... or loose change (which is all I think my current bod would elicit) to support my family.  Currently, I am lucky enough to have a job that I love. But should that ever come to an end, and if I couldn't get another job where I made enough money to support my family, I would march right into the nearest strip joint and beg for an audition. And I think all other moms should too.

kid looking at his mom in stripper clothes

I know that all you high-on-your-horse, holier-than-thou supermoms are judging me, but let me tell you something -- if you wouldn't strip down to make sure that your kids have a roof over their head and food in their tummies, then I am the one judging you. Bad mommies!

I'm not saying that you have to give lap dances in a dingy back room. But I am saying that if someone would hire you and you could make enough money to feed your kids and get back on your feet, then it is your responsibility as a mother to make friends with a pole. Anything else is bordering on negligent.

Now I know that by no means would this be the ideal job, but if you could make $300 a day and only have to work three or four days a week then I think it's a no-brainer.

As for not being a good role model -- I think that's bull****. I think that the mother who would do this as a last resort for her family is an absolute hero -- someone who should be commended, applauded and respected for doing whatever it takes to get by.

I was really curious to see how far other moms would go if they were in a financially dire situation, so I turned to the momlogic community and asked members to weigh in. Would they ever strip to support their family??

I was really surprised by what these women had to say. Many of the women who responded said that although it wouldn't be their first choice, they would do it for their family.

Mommy Dearest wrote: I'm blessed to be very creative, crafty, clever, resourceful, loaded with ingenuity, favored, blessed with a generous extended family and a mouth that works perfectly fine. Oh and did I say abundantly BLESSED! But if I ran out of all that and had no other options ... show me the pole.

Joan Olson wrote: Yep, I actually know a stripper and she works in a not so sleazy place where lap dances are not allowed -- she simply dances the pole (so to speak). She makes a fortune, only has to work a few nights a week, supports her family, has a nice home and car. Her kids want for nothing. They know she is a dancer -- but not a stripper (they are young) She used to work a "normal" job, but was laid off, which was just as well. She used to rely on daycare to raise her kids, now she raises them herself. She also used to be broke a lot and stressed -- now she is not. She does not go home with these men -- they go home to their wives LOL. She is just an entertainer who just happens to be naked. I would do it if I had the body for it.

Ethansi wrote: In a two-second response, yes I would, but if I really were to think about it, no. My sister-in-law did it for awhile and the money was great, but it took a toll on her emotionally and she isn't the same person I knew. It ruined her relationship and it ruined her self-worth.

If you want to read more about what other moms would do in this situation, check out momlogic's Would You Strip to Support Your Family? community discussion.


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Anonymous March 31, 2009, 10:58 AM

If I had the body I think I’ll propaly do it too

mistress March 31, 2009, 11:16 AM

Ladies Men like all sizes! trust me!

rugbymom March 31, 2009, 12:21 PM

Good topic. First you have the body issues, then the values. I would not condemn someone for this choice, but I would not personally be comfortable with it. I will tell you one reason why; I have known several strippers, one of whom is my closest friend and 98% have used drugs or alochol to cope. Regardless of how nice the place is, things happen, inappropriate things. There are always stories, it is just a matter of time. Most strippers I knew where high on cocaine the whole time they worked. Why? I can’t answer that, because I’ve never been there, but i think that something must be up if all these women had to do something to get through it.

To be devil’s advocate though, there could be more women gravitating towards that job becuase of the state of the economy who were not prone to do it before-hand, bringing in a different type of dancer who perhaps did not need to cope…hmmm. Vewy Interwesting…




Angela March 31, 2009, 2:42 PM

Been there, done that. When I was 22 I worked as a stripper for about 6 months to get through an expensive divorce/custody case. It was exhilerating. Thirteen years later, I can’t do it due to bilateral mastectomy from breast cancer. But if I had to, AND I could, I would in a heartbeat.

Jenn02 March 31, 2009, 2:54 PM

If I had to make this choice then the answer would be absolutely not. For many reasons (and none of them involve what type of body I have). A big one is that my children would then think that this was an ‘okay’ solution when money was tight. How many children want to grow up to be just like Mommy or Daddy? What type of example would I be setting? How can anyone want their little girls to say “I want to be a stripper when I grow up!”?

R. March 31, 2009, 2:56 PM

sadly i think your idea of the life of strippers is more of a fantasy than reality. if the sex work industry, of which stripping is a part, was organized and safe than i would say go for it. but it’s not. i have worked for years with young (and not so young) women for whom this is already their reality. once you are working some place you lose a lot of the decision making power that you might now think you’d never let go of. if your slimy boss tells you to give some horny old guy a lap dance in the aforementioned dirty back room or you’re fired, you would do it. especially if you had taken this job as a last mean to support your family. if you didn’t you could not only lose that job but be black balled from other clubs as well. in addition the statistics regarding the number of women who progress further into the sex trade after starting as strippers are pretty startling. there are many “amateur” clubs that only have women work for tips. no W2’s, no protection, no guarantee of working on any given night. i know girls who sit naked at the bar when they can’t get on stage, desperate for men to give them money so they can buy diapers and formula.

i think it’s very normal for women who have never been in the sex work industry to romanticize it or to think that they would handle themselves differently than others have, but that simply isn’t reality. lifetime TV doesn’t paint an accurate picture of what the day to day life is like for women in this field of work. Yet there always seems to be someone who knows of a friend of a friend who is a happy stripper mom making $1000 weekly. for 99% of women in the industry that is urban myth. This is like visiting another culture with it’s own rules, language, and code of conduct. it’s not a place to go for someone who isn’t willing to risk losing themselves along the way. i would recommend bar tending, waiting tables, and overnight cashier work to ANYONE before going down this road.

Rachel March 31, 2009, 3:46 PM

i wish i could! my husband says no way no matter what but its been a lifelong dream for me since i was a little girl. i’ll do it at least once in my life though, i just need to get rid of my evil stretchmarks!! we don’t need the money but it sure would be fun to have a lil more!

Stripper Hacks March 31, 2009, 8:00 PM

Your attitude is great! For some dancing is a last resort or a quick and temporary income. For others it is a career. With the economy the way that it seems, who has pondered the question if things were to get really tough how much further would you push your own envelope to feed your children?

The last few options in my mind beyond being an exotic dancer would be porn, prostitution, pimping or drug dealing.

Even as an exotic dancer I would never in my life do porn or sell drugs but if I had kids and it came down to it or they were on the brink of starvation hell yes I would ‘woman up’ and barter my body for their survival.

Pimping or ‘managing’ or being a madame is not advised unless you know what you’re doing. You can go to jail for a really long time.

Cassandra March 31, 2009, 8:14 PM

I think I would do anything I had to do to make sure my kids were fed and had a roof over their head. I wouldn’t do it to try to keep a lavish lifestyle, but to provide my kids with the necessities…absolutely!!!

Suzanne April 1, 2009, 12:23 AM

If I were 21 years old again and know what I know now; I would definitely be a stripper. They get paid good money and have fun at the same time. The job isn’t boring like a desk job.

Roxanne April 1, 2009, 1:21 AM

From my experience, guys really do like bad girls; not good girls. All my life I’ve been a good girl and would like to be a bad girl for awhile.

j April 1, 2009, 7:53 PM

I have been saying to everyone I know for the past year that if I had the body I would be a stripper. My husband left my child and I without a home and no money, we are so broke. I would not hesitate to be a stripper if it meant I could provide a better life for my child. There is no shame in taking care of your family.

Sherry(the real one..haha) April 2, 2009, 4:02 PM

I would definitely do it…I havent resorted to that yet…but the way things are going..thanks for the idea LOL!

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Tammy October 21, 2009, 11:53 AM

You should look up the deffinition of “Fortitude”. It’s amazing what good comes your way when you know where to draw the line. ;) good luck to your children.

Nicole March 27, 2010, 5:17 PM

i currently work at a strip club now..we are in a recesion. but i do think its wonderful. strip clubs have a bad name right now but ive worked in about 2 so far and they were great and fun. most girls i meet are in college or just supporting their families. they are super sweet and all drug free. you’d be surprised but some strip clubs even do background checks and drug tests. the clubs ive worked at had lap dances but a no touching policy where if you touched a girl u were out the club and not welcome back. on a really bad night (which is rare) i make 150 dollars and on a really good night i make about 1000 dollars but i average about 500 a night and work 4 or 5 days a week so make pretty good. i do plan on quitting soon though. im probably gonna open my own business soon with the money i have made at the club. im a very optimistic person..christian.. love helping people..and im a dancer. and not ashamed of it.

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