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1 in 4 UK Exotic Dancers Have a College Degree

Stripper Studies: 1 in 4 Exotic Dancers Have a College Degree

When university researchers looked into what motivates women to take off their clothes for money, they discovered that the dancers on stage might be their former students. One in four strippers in the UK has a college degree, according to a study out of the University of Leeds, and, unsurprisingly, most of these women turn to the profession for the high income. The average stripper in the study takes home $350 a night.

The researchers say that recent grads — mostly art majors — who can't find jobs after university take to dancing. Perhaps they consider lap dancing performance art. But unlike other potentially mundane postcollege jobs, the study reports that most dancers have high job satisfaction.

Would you ever turn to stripping for extra cash, or do you find it depressing that this what women, educated or not, have to do to get by?

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SeriousGlamourGurl SeriousGlamourGurl 5 years
I would certainly do it but I would have to work at a nice, relatively classy place (If it is possible). I am entering my first year of college next year and I would consider it. My family has struggled for money, and whilst I wouldn't make a career of it I would do it if I was desperate. I wouldn't do it where I am living now as I have family and family friends here. I would like to be fairly anonymous, both to protect my family from shame and so as to have no chance ruining any future job chances. My friends would probably come to cheer me on lols
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
350 a night? Now I totally want to become a stripper! I don't see anything wrong with it, I just feel bad for the girls when they don't work in th nice places but get groped and stuff...
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 5 years
I so wouldn't! God, my pride! When men whistle at me on the street or "compliment" (aka, harass) me in public I want to punch them in the face. Stripping infront of some horny pigs? Ya right! I pay my tuition with scholarships I get because of my good grades and community involvement. I like it this way.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
I see nothing wrong with stripping. Not much different than being an actress or model. I think it's a perfectly acceptable option for women who can make money that way.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
It paid for my undergraduate and graduate stories. Furthermore, I have no regrets. It was a job that I did well. I made my money, snorted no drugs, did not partake in any sex, or did not drink myself into rehab. It was an option and I took it. Also, I had an unpaid internship for those who feel that I could have "used other options".
bryseana bryseana 5 years
I don't have a problem with it personally, but I think it would break my dad's heart.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I wouldn't. It's not because I think there's something wrong with that;I get really uncomfortable when people look at me like a piece of meet. I feel a little shy when I'm wearing a bikini; I can't imagine having people see me naked. If that job makes them happy and it's honest, more power to them!
gingirl gingirl 5 years
I think it's more depressing that women are trying to use their degrees and working regular jobs and can't manage to get by. I know how hard it is. If I had the body, I'd totally be stripping!
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I already get hit on at work, but at least I don't have to cater to the creeps. I don't likea lot of that kind of attention, though with my BFA I'm totally qualified.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 5 years
i think stripping can be totally hot. lol. if i were hot enough, i'd totally try to be a high-end stripper and make loads of money. i mean, it's really not MUCH different from people "model on the side" or whatever. either way, you put yourself out there. power to those who enjoy their work.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Haha, same here, weffie. But I'd have to move to a place that has more high-end strip joints. All the strippers in my town are meth addicts. I'd be much more down for burlesque. I'd love to be the next Dita Von Teese!
weffie weffie 5 years
If I had the body for it I totally would, but I think my pale ass would only bring in about $3.50 a night LOL
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