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Stripping Down: A Memoir Paperback – February 9, 2012
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The most frustrating thing about the memoir is Hageman's revelation that although people loved her, she did not feel worthy of love, and undermined a few promising relationships due to that feeling of unworth. This led to exciting sexual escapades, such as stripping in clubs, casual sex, a threesome, and a bi-curious fling. Alas, it was part of a terrible cycle of trying new sex adventures in hopes of finding love, not getting it, and feeling unworthy. My question is how can one have so much sex and always feel bad about it? Was it fun, just once?
Writing therapy is expressive writing used to help lessen chronic stress induced by past trauma. This may be one reason Hageman chose to open her closet of shocking skeletons to the world. She is now a college writing instructor, after all, and what better subject to write about than one's own history? Hageman seems to be unremarkably bourgeois these days, married with kids in the affluent suburbs. Would she have reached this happy point without spending years looking for affection or affirmation in strip clubs? It is a life mystery we shall never unlock.
She writes in an honest way that is is more courageous than vulnerable, more introspective than preachy. We are all a work in progress. I admire that Sheila has taken such a bold, cathartic step in her own personal progression. This I can learn from her. I could not put the book down even as there were tears interfering with my reading.
There are so many life themes that we can all relate to, such as: What do you do with your life when your dream doesn't happen how and when you want it to? How and why do you have to justify your adult actions to your parents and why do you crave parental approval? I'm close in age to Sheila and I could identify societal things that I also struggled with growing up - my own body issues, my own shyness, my own confused sense of what does it mean to be a woman when you are bombarded by inconsistent messages about what is sexy and what is the line where you cross into trashy? What is feminine power and how can I use it to my advantage? What is my worth as a woman and why is it tied to my outer beauty?Read more ›
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As a writer myself, I really enjoy a good piece of writing. Sheila Hageman is a skilled writer. I honestly didn't expect to find such inspired writing from a former stripper. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jen Marceaux
I enjoyed the first third of the book and found it strong and a great start to revealing a difficult past, but then the rest of the book became repetitive. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kayla
I really enjoyed this book. Real problems of real people, strippers or not. I appreciate it's honesty and that it doesn't glamorize that world.Published 19 months ago by Emily Smith
I kept reading thinking it would lead somewhere but oh the time of my life I wasted on this one. Plot what there was of one was very boring. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Sheila is like so many girls next door: afraid, loved but thinks she isn't, pretending to be someone other than herself, trying to please everyone else thinking it would bring her... Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by jobobz
I read 'Stripping Down' for the first time over two years ago, but I still love this book with all my heart and hope that every woman on the planet someday reads it. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Olivia Regan Greenwood
I really enjoyed reading this book. I would highly recommend it. It will keep your attention. Worth the time to read it.Published on February 3, 2014 by books4you
Sheila writes in a way that is so comfortable. Though obviously a talented writer, she manages to tell her story in a very relatable and inviting way. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Felicia G.
It was an interesting view of the life the character led. A soul searching, survival story. I really enjoyed this.Published on May 4, 2013 by Eryn Ancelet