the erudite dancer

the erudite dancer

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i went back for a night.

it was a surreal, strange night.

imagine being heavier than you’ve ever been, and a bit out of shape, in a smoky club for the first time in years (where i live, bars are nonsmoking, but this is a full nude byob place, so smoking is allowed)… asthma kicking up overdrive, and then dancing 6 stage songs in a row.  hell, first time i’d worn heels for more than an hour in ages.  by the end of my first stage set, i had to retreat to the dressing room and pant and hit my inhaler… and hope it got easier over the next 8 hours.  

i ended up not going back on stage for the rest of the night, for reasons i’m still not sure.  maybe the dj didn’t like me, or maybe every time he glanced in my direction, i was giving a dance, i don’t know.  i don’t care, i was just grateful for the break.

i had an okay night.  nobody was overtly rude as fuck, minus a few useless time wasters.  i sat with two groups of men, mostly, and they made up the bulk of my dances, which is why i stayed with them.  well that, and i needed off my feet.  i needed to sit down and catch my breath, both physically, and mentally.  

the weirdest part about coming back to dancing is swallowing all the things i want to say to these pushy, aggressive, assholes - things that WOULD pop out of my mouth in real life, but things i can’t say if i want money from them.  it’s this incredible cognitive dissonance, this disconnect between real life and the role i play in a club.  

i am maybe not cut out for this role, anymore.  even with years between this and the last time i danced, with my burnout as low as it’s likely to ever get, i am about 3 seconds away from saying all this shit in my head that would negate the point of trying to dance for a living.   

to top off the night’s weirdness, i met a friend of mine at the club that i hadn’t seen in ages.  he bought a dance or two from me.  we’d planned to meet up the next day for dinner… but you know how these things work out.

they so seldom do.

i keep trying to talk myself back into the club.  god knows we need the money.  i am actually homeless right now, sleeping in someone else’s one bedroom apartment, which is not a workable long-term plan, but all our other financial resources have been tapped out, or we’ve lost jobs, or what the fuck ever.  in a month i went from living in a 2800 sq ft house, to being lucky i’m not living in my car.  so if i’m ever going to dance again, now would be a good fucking time.  

but every time i try to talk myself into going back, even after having a decent time last night, and making okay money, even with all of the above in mind… i don’t know if it’s going to happen.  it may not ever happen again.  i remember dancing because i HAD to, because i had no choice, because i needed the money or else i’d be fucked.  it was miserable.  but i’m not sure i have any other choice.  unless i want to end up living in my car.

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oh my godddd they are so cute!!

hi, i was a complete dork in middle school, how did you guess?

a million bonus points to anyone who can guess which scout i used to be.

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i am starting to think about dancing again.

i’m so conflicted, i don’t know how i feel about it.  

on one hand… i need money.  and it’s been years since i danced.  the burnout is probably at record low levels!!

on the other hand… i am out of shape, and it bothers me.  so i am kind of ridiculously wary of dancing again.

damnit, i need a dance buddy. or like, some extra confidence or something.

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Anonymous asked: Hey Girl, Thanks for the post. I was wondering if you or anyone you know would happen to know the amounts strippers make in KY. I am willing to travel from Lousiville to Lex. Also, I am so new to this and it extra hard trying to find a club to work, any tips on how to find a club? O, one more thing, do you have any tips on how to make breast look sexy naked, like I just had a baby, my breast are my best asset but look a lil weird free. Thanks a Billion Tasha

A: i have no earthly idea what dancers make in Kentucky.  

B: to find a good club, try out a few.  whichever one you feel most comfortable in will likely be the one you make the most money in.

C: shea butter is your friend.  like, 100% shea butter.  also, vitamin E oil.  regularly rub that stuff on your boobs, and they will thank you.

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threesomes can be HELL.

this blog really is no longer accurate; i’m not a dancer anymore.  but i’m sure i can come up with some interesting tales for you, despite my former dancer status.  they won’t necessarily be about dancing, but… well, just read.  i’ve got to have some place to put the stories that don’t fit anywhere else, eh?

thing to know:  my boyfriend and i are polyamorous.  so we see/date/fuck other people.  

last night, he invited over a friend of his, who he occasionally sleeps with. she professes to love girls, and so we all were in cheerful expectation of a nice threesome as a nightcap to our slightly drunken evening.  well.  my boyfriend and i were slightly drunk.  she was shitfaced.  

i have never had worse sex in my LIFE.  or rather, i wasn’t having sex - i was fleeing from it!  this girl… she’s young, and at least a drunk, if not a budding alcoholic.  she was in no position to take directions.  and her idea of giving a girl head was to shove her fingers in blindly (OW) and like… i don’t even know.  she certainly wasn’t just licking.  it HURT.  she may have bitten my goddamn clit.  and just in case that wasn’t enough, she would periodically stop what she was doing, and blow on my crotch, while shaking her head - like someone blowing raspberries on a baby’s stomach, i shit you not.  if she whinnied, it would have been like she was a fucking horse going down on me.

WHAT. THE. FUCK.

i have no idea how anyone who claims to have fucked a lot of girls could be THIS FUCKING TERRIBLE at having sex with one. 

i swear, if she wasn’t a friend of my boyfriend, i wouldn’t allow her back in my house, on general principle.  no one should be that shitty at eating pussy - especially not another woman.  jesus fuck.  it should be criminal.  unfortunately, she IS his friend - they go way back - and the sad part is, she’s a nice person.  fun to be around, entertaining - although i will admit i’ve never seen her sober until this morning, when she woke up in my bed.  so there’s that.  

i…  i foresee problems.  here’s my problem: she will probably try to fuck me again.  this is not good.  last night i literally escaped by “needing to pee” and i didn’t come back until the two of them were finished fucking, for fear she might try to start back in on me.  i was willing to pretend i’d puked and gone to bed, rather than fuck this girl anymore.  

and i thought i’d had terrible threesomes before.

i actually looked at my boyfriend, at one point, and put a finger gun to my head, and pulled the trigger.  that is how bad this was.  i couldn’t even pretend that it wasn’t horrendous.  i was saying “OW!” at the top of my lungs every five minutes.  

combine this lovely experience with her drinking, and i don’t think i ever want to be around her naked again - at least, not in a sexual context.  

seriously, i have no idea what the fuck to do.  it was so goddamn awful, and i’m definitely not fucking her again - but she is a friend, and i don’t want to be a dick and hurt her feelings.  but this is a shitty dilemma to be in.  i frankly don’t know what my boyfriend sees in her, as far as sex goes.  maybe if i had a dick, i would enjoy it?

i bet she uses teeth with blowjobs.

HELP ME.  advice is welcome - fuck knows i don’t have any brilliant ideas.

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dancing with myself

i dance for fun, now.

i put on fuzzy leggings and a sweater and a hat, and pulled on my heels just to show some of my friends how to shake ass in a proper stripper fashion, the other night.

standing in their suburban garage, on a cul de sac, just shaking my ass.

i miss being proud of stripping.  when i first started dancing i had a blast.  it was fun to be able to pull out that fact at parties, snag my heels, shake my ass without a care.

i can do that with my friends now, they know me.  they know my history.  but i wouldn’t be so keen on doing it at some random party.

these days, i wouldn’t go to a costume party and wear my stripper heels.

i’m not ashamed of me, and i’m not ashamed of dancing.  i am ashamed of what dancing is like right now in this country.

but i dance for myself.  sometimes i pull out my skanky little dress and my legwarmers, throw on my heels.  just walk around the house, trying to recall the feeling of what it was like to LOVE dancing.

i’m trying to learn to love it again.  i just don’t know how.

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hey y’all.

for now, i’ve quit being a stripper.  i haven’t danced in months. 

it’s just not worth it, when the money’s not there.

i’m moving to Austin, TX at the end of the year.  i’ve been curious about possibly working at some of those clubs, but i want to go and see what the clubs are like, before i even entertain the possibility of working there.  

i hate stripper burnout.

sure, i don’t want to have stripping be a career for me.  i have other goals and plans.  but i used to like stripping.  i used to love it, actually.  

i hate that my experiences have made me hate something i used to love.  

i hope one day that i will be able to be back in the stripping world - if only for fun - and regain a positive attitude about dancing.

for now, i do hate it, which is a fucking shame.  

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this was submitted to http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/
Name: Mel
Age: 27Degree:  BA in Creative Writing. I want my MFA, but I can’t afford it.Debt: $20,000 in student loans (AFTER receiving merit scholarships that required a 3.7 GPA - I was a Cum Laude graduate.)$10,000+ in credit card debt (from the unemployed years, part one.) I can’t afford to pay any of it. Creditors call every day.JOB LOST: laid off by large prosperous law firm in 2009. Since then, I have not been able to find a steady job, part or full-time.Unemployed years, part two: I WAS HOMELESS. I moved 3,000 miles away from my home to try to get a job. Any job.  Because of moving, I lost my unemployment.The economy is worse here.I have been trying to find a job for 2 YEARS. Not even a good job. Just A JOB. No luck.FIRED FROM: one part-time job because i was SEXUALLY ASSAULTED and wouldn’t shut up about it. (I live in a fire-at-will state.)My Dad: had to declare bankruptcy after over 30 years of being in business successfully. His house was foreclosed upon.My Mom: is one paycheck away from complete disaster. My step-dad was just diagnosed with cancer. I’m terrified that this crisis is going to bankrupt them, too.My Partner: has lost 40 pounds that did NOT need to be lost, because we can’t always afford to eat.Me: months behind on rent.bipolar.asthma.can’t afford meds. I have no health insurance. I have no prayer of health insurance, even if I could afford it. I have preexisting conditions.I AM A HEALTHY 27 YEAR OLD WHO CAN’T GET INSURANCE.Medicaid won’t accept me because I can’t prove my income. Ditto for food stamps.I only have part-time work - usually about one day a week. Sometimes, far less. I can only work when I get hired for gigs. And sometimes, the gigs just aren’t there.I have been a stripper to pay bills & rent, and to EAT. Until that money dried up, too.
I’m overqualified for the jobs I can get, so I don’t get hired. I’m qualified for the jobs I want, but the publishing industry isn’t hiring.  We have condiments in the fridge, ice packs in the freezer. I ate yesterday because I worked a gig which fed us. 
WE ARE THE 99%.and we are being screwed. 


actually, we are being FUCKED IN THE ASS.  
i haven’t been dancing because not only is it not worth the money (if there is any), but i have been having such severe anxiety attacks just *thinking* about going in to the club, that it makes working impossible. (My bipolar is barely controlled; my anxiety is running rampant because the only doctor i can afford won’t prescribe me anxiety meds. why, i do not know. she just won’t. maybe she thinks i’m a drug seeker. maybe she just doesn’t care.)There is not much that feels worse than 8 hours of work in 6 inch heels, and walking out with $60. or $20. or $3. while being naked, and constantly insulted by asinine men. 
this erudite dancer hasn’t been a dancer in a long while. who knows if i will ever try again.
i’m a smart, educated person who “did everything right.”  i should not be in this position. no one should be in this position.  no one.i’ll be moving again soon, because i am going to try to start again in another town, which will hopefully have a better economy.honestly, it can’t get any worse. 

this was submitted to http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

Name: Mel

Age: 27
Degree:  BA in Creative Writing. I want my MFA, but I can’t afford it.
Debt: $20,000 in student loans (AFTER receiving merit scholarships that required a 3.7 GPA - I was a Cum Laude graduate.)
$10,000+ in credit card debt (from the unemployed years, part one.) I can’t afford to pay any of it. Creditors call every day.
JOB LOST: laid off by large prosperous law firm in 2009. Since then, I have not been able to find a steady job, part or full-time.
Unemployed years, part two: I WAS HOMELESS. I moved 3,000 miles away from my home to try to get a job. Any job.  
Because of moving, I lost my unemployment.
The economy is worse here.
I have been trying to find a job for 2 YEARS. Not even a good job. Just A JOB. No luck.
FIRED FROM: one part-time job because i was SEXUALLY ASSAULTED and wouldn’t shut up about it. (I live in a fire-at-will state.)
My Dad: had to declare bankruptcy after over 30 years of being in business successfully. His house was foreclosed upon.
My Mom: is one paycheck away from complete disaster. My step-dad was just diagnosed with cancer. I’m terrified that this crisis is going to bankrupt them, too.
My Partner: has lost 40 pounds that did NOT need to be lost, because we can’t always afford to eat.
Me: months behind on rent.
bipolar.
asthma.
can’t afford meds. I have no health insurance. I have no prayer of health insurance, even if I could afford it. I have preexisting conditions.
I AM A HEALTHY 27 YEAR OLD WHO CAN’T GET INSURANCE.
Medicaid won’t accept me because I can’t prove my income. Ditto for food stamps.
I only have part-time work - usually about one day a week. Sometimes, far less. I can only work when I get hired for gigs. And sometimes, the gigs just aren’t there.
I have been a stripper to pay bills & rent, and to EAT. Until that money dried up, too.

I’m overqualified for the jobs I can get, so I don’t get hired. I’m qualified for the jobs I want, but the publishing industry isn’t hiring.  
We have condiments in the fridge, ice packs in the freezer. I ate yesterday because I worked a gig which fed us. 

WE ARE THE 99%.
and we are being screwed. 

actually, we are being FUCKED IN THE ASS.  

i haven’t been dancing because not only is it not worth the money (if there is any), but i have been having such severe anxiety attacks just *thinking* about going in to the club, that it makes working impossible. (My bipolar is barely controlled; my anxiety is running rampant because the only doctor i can afford won’t prescribe me anxiety meds. why, i do not know. she just won’t. maybe she thinks i’m a drug seeker. maybe she just doesn’t care.)
There is not much that feels worse than 8 hours of work in 6 inch heels, and walking out with $60. or $20. or $3. while being naked, and constantly insulted by asinine men. 

this erudite dancer hasn’t been a dancer in a long while. who knows if i will ever try again.

i’m a smart, educated person who “did everything right.”  i should not be in this position. no one should be in this position.  no one.
i’ll be moving again soon, because i am going to try to start again in another town, which will hopefully have a better economy.
honestly, it can’t get any worse. 

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neutralangel asked: Dear one of the five hottest girls ever, I've known you forever and have what I feel is a very obvious crush on you. But I didn't know a lot of this stuff about your dancing, so I'm glad you have this blog. I'll go back to shamelessly flirting with you on facebook now.

what, i’m only one of five??      ; ]

oh love, we’ve been hanging out together since college (well, we hang out on facebook now, but you know what i mean).  good times, good times.  you’re welcome to crush on me anytime. 

i’m surprised you didn’t know i was dancing, i was during college and i wasn’t closed-mouthed about it.  can’t believe i didn’t drag that whole social scene in there!

carry on, good sir.  carry on.   <3

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plasticcastle asked: Your blog is fascinating.

i’ve lived an interesting life to date, that’s for sure.

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clubpatron asked: Stripper Survey Question of the Week, Memorial Day Edition:

Tell me about someone in your club past who made a difference to you, and why.

the first guy i ever danced for (lap dance) was named Michael.  he was the sweetest person, and he didn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all.  he also complimented me profusely about my dancing, even my awkward first-time attempts on stage.

man was a sweetheart.  if i’d had a horrible first lap dance, i probably wouldn’t have kept dancing.  so really, he made all the difference in the world.

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on not stripping

after i became so burned out that i was crying before i went to the club every time i worked a shift, i decided it was time to go.

i have never felt more relieved in my life. 

for the past few months, i’ve been relying on a part-time job which is awesome, but now it’s summer.  and work is tapering off. 

i’ll have to get another job.

i may have to go back to stripping, for a while.  at least for the summer.

i dread this more than anything. 

i won’t go back to the same club.  too much bad energy there, and not enough customers.  i know some good friends of mine who are dancing at another club, and i may just go there, if all else fails.  i’d rather get a “normal” job.  one with a steady paycheck.  it’s the uncertainty that i hate the most. 

i’d certainly post here more if i went back to dancing. 

one part of me wants to go back to dancing, if only to remind myself that i really do love it, if i make enough money.  if the customers are nice.  when i can lose myself on stage, amidst lots of cash.

the other part of me never wants to go into a strip club again, unless i’m a customer.