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Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping (Live Girls) Paperback – August 24, 2004
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Basically, because this is a book by yet another middle-class white girl from a good family who has an education and danced at a nice peep-show for a single year and decided that it just totally screwed up her life. So much so that she had to go back and try it again.
In her struggles for finding her motivation, she overlooks the main reason of why 99% of us [take our clothes off]: money, pure and simple. Trying to find the deeper meaning in using stereotyped ... roles to her advantage in her job, she twists herself into whiny knots about it all. For Pete's sake, she danced at a rather nice peep-show, not a Tijuana trick bar, and she never had to really interact with her customers if she didn't want to. Another minus is that she can't seem to get out of bad relationships, (like most women, really), or figure out what she wants in life (common to most people, I imagine). She also reports in exhaustive detail about the .../dancers she hangs out with. She managed to pick girlfriends who were screwed up as well, which is probably why they had so much free time to socialize with each other.
Overall, this book tells a lot about the Lusty Lady in Seattle, ... Other than her Lusty Lady stories, she just went into a lot of detail about her and her friends' lives (more than you'll ever wish to know) and pondered the meaning of it all.
She brought up some good points about men, women, [pysical activity] and the balance of power between the sexes, but mostly ignored money issues ...For some reason, she is continually confounded by the whole idea of stage names.Read more ›
I strip in Seattle at an actual strip club. I know a few who work at the Lusty Lady and not a one refers to herself as a "stripper." Aside from that issue, the author should never have been in sex work in the first place. One of the primary rules is that you must be able to diferentiate between your work and your personal life. If you cannot, then you should not do it. The author did not follow common sense and is left confused and feels a need to justify her one year experience.
From a feminist aspect, I felt she failed to accurately represent the dynamic between a dancer and a customer (probably because her experience in that is very limited considering she sits there naked and the exchange starts for her after they have already paid). Also, I receive a fair amount of couples and female customers which are completely absent in her experiences and so in her reasoning.
Her explanations of fellow peep show workers are those that also seem to have difficulty seperating work from personal life (perhaps they attracted each other in friendship because other workers would have been negative or dismissive of such concerns).
I'm hesitant to call them dancers.Read more ›
The main message as a man that I would take from this book is this: Except in the rarest of circumstances, you are being sold an illusion at a rather high price. Dabble in the world of flesh if you must, but examine your own reasons as to why you do so in an entirely non-judgmental, non-moralistic manner. At the end of the day, virtually nothing you will have seen is at all real, and the quest to find otherwise may leave you no wiser and considerably poorer. Dancers can be wonderful therapists and very special people.....but you will never be any closer to them than your wallet allows.....and that is the wistful yet disappointing truth. (And, in the end, on their side of the glass, it is generally no better for them to take your money for a variety of entrapping or mercenary reasons....and ultimately, no more fulfilling.)
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I thought this was a good story, especially when she writes about the other dancers and how dancing impacts their lives. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark R. ONeill author
Eaves writing is casual and readers need not be very tall to be able to ride this ride. The explicit commentary is actually quite tame. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Steven G
Ms. Eaves' book is provocative. She knows the stripper/voyeur world from three perspectives: her own (as a performer); her understanding of other strippers' claims and laments;... Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by William R. Toddmancillas
there are aspects of this book which are cool and then there are others where the subject just feels like somebody sorta went into a area, however they don't fully have a grasp of... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
Engaging read, a look inside a women's mind. Similar to Baby Proof but for real. The author shares with us she felt the need to lose her virginity before age 16, she grew up in... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by ellison
Eaves covers the stripping life in an unsentimental way, exposing the hypocrisy of civilized society for what it is. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by GrandDuc
I am finding it difficult to finish this book as I keep waiting for the characters to come to life (i.e. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by 200 won
Book was a little dull. Book seems as if it's two different stories. Book was very slow and I didn't enjoy the author and her ideas on strippers and stripping.Published on December 1, 2008 by A. Fawcett