Oprah featured a couple that bought a stripper for their sons 16th birthday and a dozen of his under 18 friends. Had you asked my opinion 10 years ago, I may have shrugged and said “What they’ve never seen a naked woman before?” It is different now in that I believe they were teaching their son and his buddies it is ok to objectify young women.
Here’s the thing, I have been to strip clubs and I have known strippers (In College) and the following conversation is not about the art of Burlesque or Naked Showgirls or people who are in the sex industry of their own choosing. I am referring to the 18 year old girl who is in a dark smoky bar humping a silver pole with three dollar bills in her g-string and a string bikini top covering her newly bought boobs, while five drunk young men hoot and jeer at her feet.
Stripping is an easy way to make money but at 18 one is too immature to make rational decisions about one’s exploitation. These young women might think they have sexual power and prowess over their drooling minions, but likely can’t buy a beer yet and may feel later that they could never run for congress because of their actions. Now being a congresswoman - that's real power! In short practicing, promoting and accepting the objectification of a young adult (male or female) makes prostitution and slave trafficking that much easier and accepted by society as a whole.
Ok call me a prude, I think all strippers should at least be old enough to rent a car on their own before taking the job. (25 years old) It would just make me feel better.