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.