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Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper Paperback – December 28, 2006
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For the record, for six months she worked in the Dollhouse in Sexworld, which is a peepshow. While that is part of the sex industry, it is a very different job from dancing. In fact, as she points out in the book, anything involving penetration is illegal in MN, yet the Dolls could get away with doing it. Because of this, I find her attitude of being "above" the "dirtiness" of certain clubs disingenuous, and her condescending description of dancers an insult to any woman in that occupation. Her sudden vague-ness when describing what occurred in the Loft at Deja Vu also begs the question of how candid she really is. The few things she actually mentions are blatantly illegal, things that many dancers never do, yet despite this lack of willpower in the face of a generous and pushy client, she still expresses her belief in her own mental superiority to other strippers. I guess she didn't see the irony.
For the most part, her book revealed a few important things about the industry (club fees, work expenses, irritating customers) but did little to explain stereotypes, or even debunk them. Instead, her patronizing descriptions of dancers (either blond fake-titted bimbos at Sheiks, or drug-addicted boorish wrecks at Skyway) simply echoed the two most common stereotypes of strippers.Read more ›
Not only is she an unlikely choice as a memoirist, as it turns out she was an even more unlikely choice as a stripper. A self confessed geek with pale skin and a non-surgically enhanced body, she was well into living the life of a faceless cubicle slave when she got the sudden urge to do something radically different with her life. From tryout night at the seediest strip joint in Minneapolis to the grungy booths of Sex World and a couple of other stops along the way, she soon sheds her naivete and becomes a seasoned pro in a matter of months. How she shed her inhibitions is one of those questions left unanswered, although it seems she didn't really have any to begin with.Read more ›
It does read fast and keeps you entertained, but don't go looking for insightful or eye opening revelations. If People magazine twists your brain - you will feel very satisfied reading the book.
The writing style is some kind of hipster thing. It's as if there were some school that taught writing something in a trendy, clever way would make it stand out. "Dinero to spare-o" doesn't seem to communicate any better than "money to burn", or "plenty of extra cash". You also have to wonder about the less hip readers who are going to get lost in that.
The part about stripping held my interest, but I was a bit disgusted when she started doing the sex shows. It made me realize that you never really know what your friends and neighbors are capable of or do in the privacy of their own bedrooms. A couple of the customers should get the death penalty for ciminal disgusting.
Overall, it's an entertaining book, but not anything revealing about the world of stripping.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story but sad to hear how women aren't treated as a human being, rather a peace of meat. Its a sick world and this is the truthPublished 5 months ago by Jesse Krasno
I am still reading it -but WOW -what a writer! Diablo Cody knows how to keep you riveted to the next sentence! Its also quite a story to boot.Published 6 months ago by Julianne Englander
Ah, Diablo, we love you. Anyone who can spend a year stripping, maintain her sense of humor, and actually have a high IQ is a hero in my book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jennifer a evans
Loved this book! I couldn't put it down until I finished it!!Published 12 months ago by Elena Torres-Kruzan