A female anthropologist who spent six years working as a stripper while researching a book about strip clubs says she came to the conclusion that the establishments can actually help save marriages.
Katherine Frank, who is based in Washington DC, interviewed 30 of her regular customers at the several strip clubs in which she workd to write G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire, a book about the relationship between strippers and their customers, which was adapted from her Ph.D. dissertation.
She also debunked the myth that stripping leaves dancers and customers with unrealistic body image ideals, saying that the clubs proved to her that men have a far wider range of tastes when it comes to female bodies - far wider than women believe.
Nonetheless, the academic says she still wouldn't want her husband visiting strip clubs regularly - because it's too expensive a hobby.
That said, when asked whether or not she would mind her husband visiting the clubs regularly, Franks said she would - but mostly because of the money.
She said: 'Honestly, I wouldn’t like it! For me, a lot of it is about the money - I don’t have the disposable income to spend on that kind of entertainment, and if he did have that kind of extra money, I’d want it to be fair.
'Maybe if I could spend dollar for dollar somewhere else, but unfortunately, there aren't yet places where women can go pay hot young men to stroke their egos. That may come in the future.'
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