“I’ve had men overcome me,” she said. “Luckily help has arrived and nothing has happened. But I have been scared.”
Carla agreed to talk about her experience in part because she said it has been profound – in one sense, the job is less hostile than any law office she’s worked in, she said. Coming from the cutthroat legal profession, she has been stunned by the camaraderie among the women she works with.
“I thought the other women I worked with would be competitive and not supportive. We are ‘fighting’ over the same dollars,” she said. “But my female coworkers are the best coworkers I’ve ever had.” ‘
Did you know strippers needed a license to dance fully nude? I wonder what the application process is like for that gig.
Local rules allow lap dances – as long as the patrons don’t touch the dancers – and Carla sometimes performs them. The bar doesn’t have a full nudity license, and that’s just as well with Carla; she’d need a personal license to work at a place like that and she wants no record of her temporary stint in the dancing business.
“While I am proud of making a living by any legal means available to me, I realize that some will think of me as just a glorified legal prostitute and I would very much like to move on with my life and career at the earliest available opportunity,” she said.