Oregon Strippers Lobby for Workplace Protections

 

(TL;DR)- We need input from entertainers and club employees on proposed legislation.

 

I’m a member of the panel that is working to improve workplace conditions for Oregon adult entertainers.

 

What we don’t want:

  • Unions
  • Entertainer Licensing
  • Mandatory Employee status

 

What we do want:

  • Clean and safe working conditions
  • A safe place to report sex trafficking activity
  • The clubs to treat Independent Contractors like Independent Contractors (I.C). (This means that entertainers can set their own schedules, choose their own music, choose their own outfits, the ability to refuse service to individuals)
  • Elimination of fines (this is illegal for Independent Contractors, employees fall into a different category when it comes to fining.)

 

A group of adult entertainers are meeting with state law makers and lobbyists to draft legislation to enforce industry standards and practices similar to how the health department monitors restaurants, with regular inspections to insure safety for adult entertainers.

 

We now have the input of club operators and managers, who were nervous at first about our proposals, but have now come to the same conclusions as the entertainers that something needs to be done to protect the clubs who treat their entertainers well, while creating a system to end abuse of entertainers by a few bad actors in the industry.

 

Elle Stanger is acting as our spokesperson, and has agreed to be the media liaison. The other entertainers/managers involved remain anonymous for obvious reasons.

 

What we have resolved so far is that we will have an Entertainer “Bill of Rights” developed with the help of the Bureau of Labor and Industries(B.O.L.I.). The bill of rights will list what a club is responsible for and what an independent contractor dancer is responsible for according to the litmus test already created by the State of Oregon.

 

It will likely include rights such as:

 

*I.C. Entertainers have the right to set their own schedules, but may have to give the venue advanced notice as to when they will be performing.

*I.C. Entertainers are not subject to fines imposed by the venue

*I.C. Entertainers have the right to select their own entertainment standards (music selection, costuming, level of customer interaction etc)

 

This “Bill of Rights” will be required to be posted in dressing rooms, locker rooms or wherever it is obviously visible to all entertainers working at that venue.

 

The “Bill of Rights” poster will also include phone numbers and websites where entertainers can report abuses and/or suspected sex trafficking of minors anonymously to B.O.L.I. It will also include crisis hotlines to help with suicide, domestic violence and mental health services for entertainers.

 

This will be paid out of the general tax fund. We expect the costs of implementing this program to be minimal.

 

We are also drafting a second bill to require that clubs that have live entertainment more than 280 days a year (approx) to acquire a license from the state. Licensing will be based on compliance with the Entertainer bill of rights.

 

The licensing body will be made up of industry professionals including adult entertainers, managers, DJ’s, club operators and club owners. We will decide how to police our own businesses, but we need industry professionals to make this happen.

 

Again, you can remain anonymous and out of the public eye. Just like clubs and businesses like XoticSpot work to keep you identity private, the licensing body would like to do the same.

 

Please pass this information on to anyone who may have an interest in the Adult Entertainment Industry. We need all the feed back we can get!

Witchy Woman

 

I consider myself a sensible person. I know that good luck charms aren’t real, that there’s no such thing as ghosts and that demons and monsters and sorcerers only live in fiction.

 

But damn if I didn’t do an energetic cleansing on my home yesterday and today. I threw in a couple of manifesting sessions in the spirit of “The Secret.” Oh, and a prosperity candle spell. I felt like an idiot through it all. I was acting on superstition and chastising myself for even considering these rituals might have any power to affect the day’s events.

 

Just the same, I blessed my home and thanked the benevolent spirits for giving me a fruitful workday, and I went out the door.

 

I forgot all about the “law of Attraction” mumbo-jumbo I had been listening to while I fixed my hair and makeup, once I got behind the wheel. The cold weather seemed to be impacting the touch screen controls, and distracted me from manifesting energies while driving to work.

 

I’ll be damned if today wasn’t about the most pleasant workday I’ve had in a while. It stayed busy enough in the bar but not so busy as to feel rushed. Everyone was pleasant and in a good mood. The day moved by quickly, whereas lately I’ve found myself being a clock-watcher. The first time I checked the time, it was half an hour until the end of my shift.

 

It was then that I became aware of my rituals this morning. Then I remembered an article I read about Sylvia Brown the psychic; people forget the losses and only remember the wins. If I had gone through all that rigamarole and had a slow and boring day with little income (loss), I’d have internalized the situation, looking at my own performance and how I could improve myself and do a better job next time.

 

But when I have a win, I think that some mysterious, magical power somehow assisted me with that win. On the face, that kind of thinking seems totally backwards if one wants to remain mentally well. It’s also human nature and we all do it to some degree or another.

 

Does this mean that I will skip doing candle spells in favor of other activities such as reading up on selling tips? Probably not. Maybe I’ll look into high performance skill building techniques that have science behind it. Like “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Or I’ll just “Think and Grow Rich.”

Interesting Video About Sex Worker Discriminization

As a stripper in Portland, OR I haven’t experienced much of this at all. Stripper is a legit job here. This city is used to strange careers, such as professional cuddlers who, are NOT sex workers (Please don’t make that mistake. You’ll get an earful). Or the Unipiper.

If you haven’t seen the Unipiper before, you have to check him out here in all his performance glory:

I’m not naive, either, and know that some women have a really hard time squaring their personal and professional lives due to stigma. Things that most people take for granted, such as banking or apartment leasing, are frequently difficult to obtain in a cash based career.

For being the “world’s oldest profession” one might think we would have come a bit further than we have.

17 Popular Myths About Strippers, Busted

This girl is the real deal. Thanks for Myth Busting Isabel Kennedy!

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We make $1000/night, and lead glamorous lives of luxury

Yes and no. Talking averages here, that is incorrect. It’s 2014, and last time I checked, the world hasn’t recovered from the global recession. Spending money on a stripper is a luxury expense, not a mandatory one, like your light bill. Dancers are working longer hours and more shifts than a decade ago, because it’s like that now. Respect the hustle. I’d say that on average, strippers are making between $150-400/night nationwide, but there are no figures out there to validate this. Of course there are nights where sometimes we make a LOTTTT, but it’s rare. Also, take into account all the times a dancer works her entire shift, and leaves with $30, or nothing, due to “house fees” and tip out. We’ll get to this later. It’s commonplace.

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My Strip Club Bullying Nightmare…

My Strip Club Bullying Nightmare

I saw this article on salon about a woman who was bullied in the course of her work day as an exotic dancer. I just shrugged and thought her situation wasn’t all that bad considering what I’ve experienced in my years in the club. She wasn’t drugged or poisoned or physically assaulted. She wasn’t publicly humiliated by management. She wasn’t drummed out by the staff and dancers. No cops or ambulances were ever called. And she managed to make a successful business despite an initial hazing.

When exotic dancers set their mind to taking out a coworker, there is no way this woman could have been a top earner for long. Eventually she would have to find somewhere else to work, or starve. For the most part, when a stripper doesn’t quite gel with her environment, management will take her off the schedule before the other girls set about “convincing” her that she should work somewhere else.

Since sex work is so marginalized, there isn’t a lot of recourse when this kind of work place harassment occurs. Many club managers don’t care what their dancers think of each other and will let the situation work itself out.

I will take this moment to describe the most horrific bullying I’ve seen while working.

I used to work at a small club in rural Montana. A bartender got a bee in her bonnet about the girls she worked with. Mind you, she was not willing to get on the stage herself, but she had some serious jealousy about the kind of income these girls were making. She would regularly steal from the dancers when tallying up the lap dance sheets at the end of the night. If a dancer wasn’t good at managing her time or money, this bartender would make a clerical error in her own favor.

If a dancer had a moment of “Wait a minute, I thought I did a lot more dances than that?” but didn’t have proof of the number, the owner would always side with the bartender. Especially if the dancers were drinking.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this particular bartender was stealing from the dancers. The girls cut off her cash flow, by keeping a visible tally sheet of all dances sold so that there was no argument at the end of the shift.

As you can imagine, this bully of a bartender was not pleased with her now reduced income and began actively trying to convince customers to NOT buy dances. Not that it worked. If something the customers want is for sale, why would they not buy it because a bartender didn’t want them to?

Eventually, she got frustrated enough to poison the dancer’s drinking water. I wish I was joking. She put Visine eye drops into the communal water cooler that both dancers and customers drank from. The reaction wasn’t what she expected, probably after watching the movie “Wedding Crashers” where the Visine prank created hilarious diarrhea and vomiting, but seemed otherwise harmless. In real life, people feel like they are having a heart attack and this situation can be complicated by other substances the person may have ingested such as alcohol or prescription medications.

None of the dancers got sick, but a customer left the bar on a gurney from drinking from the poisoned water. He made a full recovery, but spent a couple of days in the hospital due to being poisoned. When the doctors suggested that the customer was likely poisoned from consuming a spiked drink, the police reviewed the security tapes and there she was, spiking the water with Visine.

The bartender got fired and arrested for poisoning someone. You can rest assured that she’ll not be serving drinks again any time soon.

Yes, this kind of work place bullying is common in strip clubs. Just be glad that it isn’t the Zombie Apocalypse.

Kinky Boots

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Not content to enjoy the promising messages I’ve been getting in response to my newly-reactivated OKCupid profile (this week’s winner: “The ghost in me wants to have a foursome with the ghost in you”), I crawled on over to FetLife, which claims to be “the world’s most popular FREE social network for the BDSM, Fetish & Kinky communities.” I’m certainly kink-friendly, and I figure I’ll get less of the boring vanilla bro-tripe that OKC is vomiting at me hourly. (“Are you into younger guys?” “I’m going to be in town for a conference…” “Your [sic] gorgeous.”)

Irritatingly enough, however, all of the choices to define my “Role” on FetLife are bondage/submission or otherwise master/slave-y type personas except “Other.” Other? It seems like “Good Giving & Game individual who seeks same” would merit more than a choice of “Other” … is “equal partner in whatever kink you’ve got” such…

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