Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tried Stripping. in Some Ways, It Helped Her Unlock New. [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tried Stripping. in Some Ways, It Helped Her Unlock New. [Derived Headline]

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tried stripping. In some ways, it helped her unlock new depths as a performer, she says.

"You just kind of jump in, and it's a little sink or swim. You watch the other women who are working, how they are dancing, how they are talking to people, and you just kind of find your way.

"Stripping really taught me to learn how to ask for and even demand and then reward the viewer's attention and be really comfortable taking up space."

Over time, she started letting close friends, and eventually family, in on her secret. They responded with a mix of concern and curiosity, some of which she addresses in "Sex Werque."

"People think doing something like stripping is either amazing, sex positive and feminist, or it's a horrible exploitation of women - you're a total victim and it's gross," she says. …

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