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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1st edition (May 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559702907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559702904
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

From a working-class family, Mattson was seriously in debt after two years at Brown University, where she wanted to remain to achieve her dream?an Ivy League education. Having tried her hand at a series of jobs that still left her unable to make ends meet, she took a shot at stripping, which, she quickly discovered, generated enough income to finance her education and then some. Moreover, she asserts, this career, which she embarked on with some trepidation, proved to be immensely empowering: drawing on the work of Camille Paglia, Mattson argues that men's desire for the female body empowers women who exploit this. While not all readers may agree with her version of gender politics, Mattson's account of how she negotiated an often bizarrely disjunctive double life during her remaining time at Brown is interesting and inspirational, and her commentary on the worlds between which she moved is clear-eyed and astute. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

Heidi Mattson was determined to go to Brown University. But the $22,000 per year to attend was a trip to the moon for her struggling, blue-collar family. Yet nothing could stop Bucksport High's spitfire valedictorian from claiming her dream and her Brown diploma. After two tough years cramming odd jobs between classes, three years on leave cleaning houses, and a terrifying brush with breast cancer, the fresh-faced coed entered the sex industry as a topless stripper -- and discovered a hidden power that turned her into a "top girl" overnight. Facing the ridicule of her wealthy Brown peers and their strident political correctness with dignity and courage, Heidi's ultimate hurdle was yet to come: could she reveal her double life to her loving parents after years of deception? Ivy League Stripper is the compelling, poignant, outrageous, and true story of one woman's extraordinary education and adventure in the rarefied worlds of the Ivy League college coed and the topless dancer. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This was a major problem in the book, and the reason I could only give a two-star rating.
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The night club industry is not at all like the book describes, there's drugs, affairs and alcohol everywhere.
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I have always wanted to be a doctor and my family could not afford to put me through school.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I find the incredibly negative reviews of Ivy League Stripper interesting. I almost wonder if I read a different book than some of these people. Perhaps they were written by some of her rivals. Who knows?
Heidi does not "advocate" stripping anywhere in the book that I can tell, nor did she when I saw her on Real Personal with Bob Berkowitz. In fact, she made a point of saying she did not recommend it as a way of earning money. On TV and in the book she made it quite clear that it is not an easy or safe way to make money, however addictive that money might be. My sense of the book was that she came across as just about the only undamaged person in the business. She did discuss topics like drug use, prostitution, money addiction, and self-esteem, but since the book was about her personal journey, she didn't dwell on the problems of others. Perhaps it didn't appeal to people who wanted a more dramatic, negative, and victimized approach. She never said anything to give even the slightest impression that she was attempting a tour de force of sex work in the US. (I recommend Susie Bright or Carol Queen for that sort of thing.) This was a book about her personal journey, not yours. If your experience was different, then write your own book so we can read it, too.
I'll admit that my experience with "exotic dancers" is somewhat limited. I have only been to the clubs a half dozen or so times, and I don't know any dancers personally. I do hear by second and third hand stories that the scene does have a high rate of drug (including alcohol - it is a drug) use, prostitution, and other unsavory activities. There would probably be far less of such things if sex work were not forced into marginal areas of towns and the people involved treated like garbage by so-called "good citizens.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am an exotic dancer and have been for 4 years. I thought that this book was a very good documentary on heidi's life, but the overall content on dancing is very sugar coated. I have worked in very classy upscale strip bars and hole in the wall bars also. Every bar that i have worked in dancers have issues w/ prostution, drugs, gambling and much more and none of this was included in her book. She made dancing out to be a very ligit job w/ no problems. That is just not true i have not met many dancers like heidi they are like 1 in a millon. Im not saying this wasnt a good book im just saying that i think she left a lot facts on dancing out.In fact i am writing a book now about the hard core reality of an exotic dancer. Look for it in the spring of 2000.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was 23 and thought, "Wow! Even I could be a stripper!" Heidi makes this profession seem easy, fun and extremely profitable. I worked part-time as a stripper for three years after that and it was nothing like her book. She shows the fantasy side of stripping but doesn't touch on the realistic side. Now that I have survived through that experience, I realize how misleading the book was. If you want a true-to-life account of stripping, read STRIP CITY. I would, however, enjoy reading about how Heidi's life turned out after college.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I believe the person who rated the book a 2 only skimmed through the book with an already prejudiced view point. The author never saw herself as a sex goddess, in fact she thought just the opposite of that. The author is also a VERY practical person, which is what made the book interesting to me. She wasn't doing it for drugs, sex, or female dominance. She saw it as a practical means of paying for her education. What interested me in the book was that it answered questions that most people in society ask: What makes some women do stripping? How do they overcome the social stigma of stripping? and how does that decision then affect their life after having made that decision? Also, after having made that decision, are they then happy with their decision, or regret it later? This book answered all of those questions and was very well written also. I would recommend this book to anyone who has had similiar questions about stripping. But I would not recommend it to people with an already prejudiced view point and who are not open to a new prospective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rufus James on March 28, 2008
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Heidi, the author, is a very determined lady. Halfway through her education at Brown University, she was injured through the fault of the university. Thanks to Brown University's denial of the claim and other very underhanded treatment, the author became a stripper to pay for her tuition.

I found her unemotional treatment of the wrongs done to her to be fascinating and well written. Her saga emphasizes what determination and force of will can accomplish, despite opposition.

If I were advising Brown University, I'd suggest that they offer her big dollars to remove the book from circulation and then try to buy up all the existing copies. The author very coolly and unemotionally shows Brown University to be a mean spirited, uncaring place that treats its paying customers badly. They made a bad mistake in treating her so badly. However, the book is her revenge. Good job, Heidi!

I wonder how many of the negative reviews of this book were placed by people working for Brown University. I say that because the book is well written and thoughtful. I cannot fathom how anyone could give it a negative review unless they were being paid to do so to protect their employer's very exposed posterior.
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