UCDenver- A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that male exotic dancers, or strippers, remain committed to stripping because it enhances their self-concept.
“Because stripping is a stigmatizing occupation, it has the capacity to negatively affect exotic dancers’ self-definitions,” Scull said. “I looked into what motivates men to continue dancing and found that stripping led to feelings of mattering, mastery and enhanced self-esteem.”
Scull spent almost two years interviewing and observing male strippers who dance for women in an American strip club. She found that unlike many female strippers who report that it is the money that keeps them committed to exotic dance, male strippers continue dancing because they experience higher self-esteem and self-confidence.
In fact, while the majority of the men interviewed said they became strippers for money, few earned more than $100 per shift; substantially less than female dancers in the same club. Instead, Scull found that men continued to strip because it made them desirable and feel good about themselves.
Science coming in hot with yet another 'discovery' that we all already knew, but never really cared enough to say. Starting to think I should just start every blog title with 'According To Research'. Boom, already a scientist, and I didn't even need any extra schooling or the findings of completely obvious experiments.
Anyway, No one is surprised by this, right? Everyone that is looking for a job is looking for something that showcases their talents. Well, there's not many options available if your only talent is having a 6-pack. It's like model, personal trainer, stripper. Pretty short list considering how much effort people put into looking good. I would imagine the people that pick stripper or model out of that group don't have too much of a personality to fall back on. Everyone that is looking for a job is also looking for something they enjoy doing. It may seem extremely superficial, but who the hell doesn't enjoy being stared at like a sweaty glass of lemonade on a warm summer day? That goes for all people, not just the select few that do it as a profession. It's no secret that the best way to have an inflated sense of self worth is be attractive. If we are talking about judging someone on the surface than looks supersede all. That's only exacerbated when your '9-5' consists of dancing naked on a stage.
Why else would males continue to strip? I know it's not for the money. I don't think I am going out on too much of a limb to say that there are far more heterosexual men interested in going to all female strip clubs than heterosexual women going to all male strip clubs. That in itself makes stripping as a female far more profitable. Hell, look at 'Magic Mike'. That movie was meant to glorify male stripping and one of the lead characters nearly got killed selling drugs and almost died from an overdose. Doesn't sound too glamorous to me. I haven't looked into the plot of the sequel , but I think it's safe to say they aren't a bunch of retired millionaires sipping mai tai's on the beach. Literally the only good reason to strip is because it makes you feel good about yourself, and gives you some fraudulent sense of fulfillment. I don't often converse with male strippers, but I would imagine they don't often say "I'm just doing this to put myself through college". Male strippers aren't the type to go to college. Those singles are going straight to rent and a lackluster calorie intake so they don't ruin the money makers.