So many people have their own opinions on what your life should look like; and something I've learned is to live how I want to, when I want to, and where I want to. I live in Atlanta and have learned everything in Atlanta. I work in a safe,amazing, and thrilling environment: I am an Atlanta female stripper- and I couldn't love it more. I am a prime example of someone who is in the sex work industry and who genuinely adores her job. I have gotten all the backlash, snarky comments, and angry glares. But I wouldn't think of changing my occupation for a minute. Nobody pressured me into it, nobody is making me do it- I chose this for myself.
There is so much negativity around sex work. Some people assume the worst about us, judge us, or put a story to us that couldn't be further from the truth. Well, I 'm writing this article to set the record straight. I am a normal, joyful, and positive woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. Strip clubs in Atlanta have become my happy place and where I find pleasure and joy. I love what I do, and I say that honestly. I only wish and hope people could open their eyes and see the positive parts of sex work. If the word "sex" had more knowledge and understanding behind it, maybe we would be at the point of acceptance around it. Sex is the most natural and normal action a human being can take part in. Pleasure is something (I feel) that everyone wants. We want to be happy, we want to do things that make us feel good- and if you can't admit that one of the things that makes you feel the best isn't sex, you need to be more honest with yourself. There is absolutely nothing bad, or gross, or dirty about desiring sex. That's the best thing about me being a stripper is that I know I bring pleasure and happiness with what I do. I enjoy making people happy and making them smile. I love helping people fulfill their desires; whether that means making them their favorite meal, or helping them achieve a hard goal, or shaking my ass in their face because they love my naked body! I am not ashamed to say that I get naked in front of a bunch of people and feel my sexiest because I have dozens of people drooling over me. Not too many people can say that.
The sex work industry puts a bad taste in people's mouths because of what they "know" about it. But truly, people know nothing about it.They hear something online or watch it in a movie and believe that that is real life. Unless you talk to a stripper or learn the facts about it, you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. I work in Atlanta strip clubs and with Atlanta stripper agencies because I want to. Atlanta male strippers and Atlanta female strippers make a lot of money and have a great time doing it. I am speaking about Atlanta because this is where I get my experience. Strip clubs in Atlanta are exciting and all I see from the customers is smiles, laughs, googly eyes, drooling,and a genuine look of pure entertainment. Whether it's a male strip club in Atlanta, a Gentlemen's club in Atlanta, an Atlanta adult entertainment experience, a female strip club in Atlanta, everyone there is having an amazing time. The work is exhilarating and exciting. Every time I perform I get an instant rush of adrenaline and can't help but smile. I have never had a bad or uncomfortable experience stripping. I have never felt pressured to perform or intimidated by a boss. I choose this work, just like all of my co-workers. The flexible hours, the insane money, the adrenaline- all of it factors into why I (and so many others) couldn't be more happy and thrilled to be in this line of work. If we didn't want to do it anymore- we wouldn't.
The sex work industry is full of honest and genuine people who know what they are wanting and who they want to be. They push away negativity and judgement and live their life the way they want to and are supposed to. I have never in my life as a stripper felt dirty or gross about myself. And I have never ever felt ashamed of what I do. I proudly tell people what I do for work and whether they want to agree with it or not, I keep a smile on my face. I try to educate people everywhere to know that this isn't dirty work- we just are more open-minded about life and we understand that people want sex. Have you ever really thought about that? Yes! People want sex. People even need sex! If you're willing and wanting to pay for it and someone agrees to fulfill that need- more power to you! There is nothing wrong with escorting, there is nothing wrong with shaking your titties for money, there is nothing wrong with doing exactly what YOU want. Live how you want to and do what you want to. We are not dirty or slimy people. We are just like you. You wouldn't be able to spot us out of a crowd unless we tell you about ourselves and choose to inform whoever we are talking to about our occupation. I can't say this enough: we are just like you. We have a job, we make money, we do what we need to to get by in the world. I just think we have way more fun doing it.
Again, I love my job. I love being a stripper. I love making money and having a hell of a good time doing it. I love meeting other sex workers and talking about how awesome it is to be so comfortable with ourselves and our sexuality that we have the courage to be exactly who we want to be. I have never felt more confident in my life then when I started stripping. I am here to tell everyone out there that has judgement or negativity about the sex industry that the majority of us are in love with our lives and wouldn't want to change a damn thing- so we will continue to shake our asses for anyone who wants to see it.
-Lola, one of the many Atlanta strippers for hire.