Ear Damage

Many strip clubs violate OSHA standards with regards to noise safety in the workplace. They misclassify dancers, and sometimes misclassify workers such as DJs, security, bartenders and cashiers. That way, strip clubs don't have to worry as much about ear damage that workers experience. As a general rule, workers should be able to hear one another speaking from three feet away. If not, ear plugs should be worn. Strippers and staff almost never wear ear plugs, but owners don't care about any of that.

Here's a guide on ear safety to get you started: Ear Safety

I have been so pre-occupied with misclassification and title VII violations that I have barely given attention to hearing damage. Sadly, I have never filed an OSHA complaint about ear safety, despite many opportunities to do so. There is only so much time in the day. My hearing abilities are irreversibly damaged after 12+ years.

It would be nice if some of the more popular dancer websites and internet personalities gave attention to stripper ear damage.

Is Greg Flaig in Jail?

An anonymous tipster told me that Greg Flaig was put in jail. Flaig does this thing where he tells dancers that he has a special relationship with the local police, then he speaks to dancers on behalf of the police about club rules. The trouble is, he makes stuff up. The police found out about it, called some clubs and told them Greg's a liar. I had nothing to do with that, but I do have some audio recordings of him speaking to me about how I wasn't supposed to be using the customer bathroom. He suggested that the police would come in to help him explain things to me. Recently, I learned about the broader scope of his misrepresentations. If anyone has information about his time in jail or related subjects, please contact me by clicking the contact tab at the top of this page.

I wonder if Greg's wife Carrie is worried!

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Some Bullshit in The Injustice System

Many businesses really enjoy misclassifying their employees and denying them their rights. This can lead to death, suffering, discrimination, injuries, union busting and sexual assault in the workplace. Strip clubs definitely love this, but business owners in other industries love it too. Arbitration is a bunch of bullshit, and today a new union-busting decision said that it is OK for workplaces to continue pushing forced arbitration and anti-class-action clauses in their contracts.

Please remember to vote, everybody. It matters. Thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer for trying. This wouldn't have happened if Merrick Garland was seated with them.

Today is a sad day.

Who are The Wobblies?

When most people think of unions, the AFL-CIO may come to mind. However, there is another organization called the Industrial Workers of the World, otherwise known as the IWW or The Wobblies.

The dancers at Lusty Lady Lounge were Wobblies, as are most unions made up of extremely far left people. The Wobblies have been around for a little over one-hundred years, and were founded in Chicago. I highly recommend choosing the IWW for strippers who are unionizing, rather than the AFL-CIO-- because smashing the white supremacist, imperialist, war mongering, capitalist patriarchy is really important for the survival of our species and planet! Their website is IWW.org.

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Toilet Talk

Apparently at full time workplaces outside of the strip club world, talking about menstrual problems and going to the bathroom whenever is not normal. Even with other women coworkers, this is not a normal thing to do or to openly joke about. Non-stripper women don't always like to talk about gushy blood chunks and period poop around the water cooler.

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Recently I have been pursuing a career in the building trades, which is male dominated. I was informed that bathroom breaks should be limited, and when I tried to have friendly conversation with the small amount of other women I encountered in the facility, they did not have the same bathroom warmness that strippers usually show to one another about being a cunted creature. I spent today in agonizing endometrium pain, oozing with blood, bloated, and in more uterine muscular agony than hauling cement caused to the rest of my muscles. I didn't want to take pain killers for it, because that would have slowed me down. I couldn't smoke medical marijuana for it in the bathroom stall. I didn't want to spend a half hour or more sitting on the toilet like I usually do, because that was not permitted. It was the single most physically painful day of my entire life. All of this got me to thinking about some of the wonderful things that I have experienced in strip club workplaces, that are uncommon outside of the sex worker world. It brought me to tears thinking about, but maybe that was just my hormones. Here's an incomplete list of how the rest of the world's workplaces should strive to be more like strip clubs:

#1: Strippers often make more money while they are bleeding. I have sold my blood for hundreds of dollars. Many customers just like the odor, and will buy dances for that reason. If it grosses you out to read that, it just means that you are fucked up, not me.

#2: Save for a few clubs, male strip club staff are generally sympathetic to menstrual problems. They are usually very blasé about hearing explicit details of biological realities. Over the years, I have discussed the passing of bloody tissue chunks, endometriosis and menstrual diarrhea with hundreds of bouncers, DJs, managers and door men. Most of them are unphased by all of this. While they may be financially exploitative and misclassifing, one thing these men do have going for them that most other men don't, is that it's very easy for a woman to talk to them about unpleasant bathroom issues.

#3: Strippers talk about menstruation with each other ALL. THE. TIME. It is open, honest, frank and relieving to have the comradeship of my coworkers to just know what I am talking about and not judge any of it. It can be funny or vulgar at times, but it's mostly business as usual. Many times, I have had a conversation with a coworker while casually changing a tampon right in front of them, or vice-versa. It's not a big deal at all, nor should it be.

#4: Strippers can take time off of work while they are bleeding. Many do this if the pain is unbearable. Strippers who choose to work during this time can sit on the toilet for as long as they want, in most clubs that I have worked. This is one way to not get in trouble for missing a stage rotation, with the exception of a few clubs, out of the 74 that I have worked at.

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The world outside of strip clubs is filled with toilet shaming and secrecy. Many people hate themselves and what their bodies do, and feel weird about strippers who love their bodies. Part of loving our bodies is not being ashamed to profit from, talk about, joke about, or take care of our blood and related subjects. It shouldn't be a secret in the workplace. If sitting on the toilet in blinding pain for a half an hour to squeeze out blood chunks and shit is slowing down the rest of the crew, then maybe that's a signal that the world is moving too fast, too cold, and too unsympathetic.

Menstruation is a medical issue, and it's fucking disgusting that women don't get to have paid disability for it. Many people with disabilities are drawn to sex work, because it allows for flexibility and enough money to take time off when needed. Many shitty feminists don't want to admit that menstruation is a medical issue that deserves disability checks for workers, and many of these same shitty feminists are against sex work. Sadly, many misogynist men who run the world agree with them. Their whole system is a bloody mess.

I'd rather be banished to a menstrual hut in the woods than to work with endometriosis. It would be a wonderful vacation. If only I could be so lucky.

Thanks, strip clubs, for making me so shameless. It's too bad the rest of the world has not caught up.

ABC in California!

Congratulations to California adult entertainers and strippers! It just became much easier to argue your employee status. This new ruling will encourage more lawyers to take cases when they might not have before. Hopefully more brazen dancers will sue their misclassifying clubs and have an easier time unionizing. Good luck to you all!

For the rest of the country-- please remember to vote for the farthest left candidates as possible so we can be as cool as the 9th circuit.

 

Hang Me For It.

Happy May Day, everybody! In May of 1886, the Haymarket affair happened in Chicagoland, with Louis Lingg being the most photogenic:

 "... I despise you, I despise your order, your laws, your force propped authority. Hang me for it."

"... I despise you, I despise your order, your laws, your force propped authority. Hang me for it."

Although I am currently in the process of transitioning out of dancing, my heart will always be very connected to the strip club industry. One of the most common questions I get asked in the workplace by customers is: What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?

Let me tell you.

Becoming a stripper was the second best decision that I have ever made in my life. I have never regretted it, and never will. As an alternative to the poverty wages in many other industries available to me, stripping has given me enough money and free time to achieve almost all of my childhood dreams, the ability to pay for car repairs at a moment's notice, veterinarian bills for countless companion animal medical emergencies, the ability to visit all 48 of the connected United States, backpack in Western Europe, eat from the finest vegan menus on Earth, donate to causes I care about, spend months hiking along the Mississippi River, take Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, learn how to choke out men with my bare hands. It has given me the free time to spend days and weeks reading and writing. Being a stripper has exposed me to the realities of labor organizing, be them tragedy or triumph. Being a stripper has taught me to be strong, stoic and graceful in the workplace while everyone around me wants me to fall apart. Being a stripper has taught me more about human psychology than one would ever learn in a classroom, and more about countering male domination than any women's studies degree ever could. It has taught me how misleading the media is. I've paid off my student loans from that useless English degree. I've maintained my algebra skills, as I divide hours by dollars by VIP booths and stage rotations, figuring out bills as I multiply twenties, adding in time constraints and deadlines. I've been exposed to all kinds of music that I may have never heard, and learned how powerful song lyrics can be. I've met people from all over the world and motivated them to admit their deepest secrets to me in their most candid of moments. I've been paid hundreds of dollars to remove soiled menstrual products from my body and give them to customers. I've learned to be not only shameless about my body, but proud. I've met countless washed up celebrities. I've learned how to spin very fast around a high metal pole, and had the privilege of watching other pole dancers with an artistic expertise more striking than any Mozart symphony or Michelangelo painting. I'll always be thankful for what stripping has done for me, a proletariat, within a late capitalist society. It was always the best option. Yeah, I've been pretty damned lucky, and I'm gonna miss it.

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To the individuals who think it's funny or cool to shame someone simply for being a stripper-- it is because you are an astonishingly stupid person. If you are a woman who thinks you are better than a stripper, you can fuck off too. If you are a stripper who has ever experienced problems from people who do those things, just understand that the world is full of very stupid people. You are much smarter than them, and they can fuck off, no matter who they are.

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This will probably be my last May Day as a stripper before joining an AFL-CIO organization. This is partially because I am being forced into an early stripper retirement from all of the blacklisting and harassment related to stripper labor rights. I have no rose-colored misconceptions about my new career choice. In all likelihood, I will make less money, work more hours and experience disrespect in ways that mirror my current occupation. Sadly, I know of no modern or desirable anarchist utopia that would save me from my current snafu or give me the standard of living that I am accustomed to. Most anarchists who I have met in life were not enjoyable company.

So much of being a stripper is about rebellion-- rebellion from submitting to misogynist slut shaming, rebellion from all the stigma, rebellion from being expected to submit to a man's requests for physical contact, rebellion from a traditional 9-5-- rebellion from the eight hour work day.

Often times in my adult life, I have had an eight hour work week. Sometimes in my adult life, I have eight hour work months.

Being pro-worker but anti-work, I'm going to sit this one out today folks, while enjoying my favorite take on work by Bob Black:

 

 

Are Strippers Ever Non-Employees?

Earlier posts on the site suggest that dancers who work in clubs are always employees, because the nature of a club atmosphere and because dancers are integral to the business. Later posts suggest that if a club takes away enough Economic Realities rules, perhaps a true "lease holder" relationship is possible.

My advice to dancers suing their clubs, is that arbitrators and juries will not like ideologues who believe the former. They may think you are a wingnut. When testifying, you will be asked about this. It is up to you how you want to accurately navigate answering this question.

If you are working at a new club that knows about your past litigation, the club will intentionally allow you to do whatever you want, to create the idea that you are a contractor/lease holder, and that their club is different than the others you have sued. Clubs have done this to me, so that lawyers won't risk representing me. After time goes by, the club will either terminate me or encourage dancer-scabs to harass and assault me so much that I leave because it is too dangerous to stay. As time goes by, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep a job in the industry while maintaining mental/emotional well-being. 

We Are Dancers (WADUSA.org) and Codi Schei are investing much of their energy into promoting the idea that every dancer should be a "small business" and not an employee. Codi Schei, as mentioned in a previous post, is a bougie Downer's Grove person. She does full service sex work and has worked in clubs that misclassify dancers, as well as clubs that are brothels. I consider Codi Schei a Trojan Horse to the issues of Stripper Labor Rights. My advice to dancers new to labor rights, is that it's totally OK for you to not want to work in a brothel or not want to be around a bunch of scabs who don't understand misclassification. Groups like SWOP would disagree with dancers like me on that issue, but fuck 'em.

Lusty Lady Lounge is still the only stripper workplace to have successfully unionized. Most people from Lusty Lady will tell you that however many rules a club takes away on the Economic Realities Test, dancers will always be employees. I may have interpersonal problems with my West coast associations, but still understand how powerful their writing can be. Thanks, Lusty Ladies, for showing what can be possible when educated dancers come together against oppressors and stand up for themselves. Here is a great guide for newcomers:

No Justice No Piece

Meet Greg Flaig

Greg Flaig is a loser from Ohio who works as a "consultant" for strip clubs.

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For those unfamiliar with union busting, companies will often hire a "consultant" to do just that. Greg Flaig is a strip-club-specific union buster. He likes to spread lies and misinformation about me in Ohio and surrounding states, so that other dancers become afraid of me and want to kill me. Some of Greg Flaig's business behaviors are illegal though, so his consulting group is getting sued. I am also happy to announce that I am suing him, because the type of conspiracy that he is engaging in is illegal. Clubs that Greg Flaig has consulted are also getting sued for misclassification and illegal termination.

I don't shut down clubs, I don't video tape dancers at work, and I don't have a secret spy come in to record clubs for me. If you ever meet Greg Flaig, know that he is a lying piece of shit. If I get murdered in Ohio or surrounding states, please understand that there is a possibility my blood will be on Greg Flaig's hands.

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Your Club Won't Shut Down.

One major source of the harassment and threats that I receive from dancers, is the notion that stripper labor rights will shut down clubs.

Misclassification or other stripper lawsuits do not shut down clubs. The reasons clubs shut down are usually related to IRS or vice raids. Stripper Labor Rights is unrelated to those issues.

A classic union-busting tactic that businesses often use, is to say that they will shut down if labor conditions are improved. Gullible workers fall for these kinds of tactics, and accept their unsavory working conditions, because they think that's their only option to continue providing for themselves and their dependents. Strippers are often very gullible subservients to their bosses, in the most intimate of ways.

There are all kinds of worker rights obstacles in the strip club industry that aren't always as prevalent in other industries, so union busting and misclassification are a lot easier for business owners to get away with.

I'd really appreciate it if my coworkers of past, present and future would stop worrying that their club is going to close down because of me. I'd really like the threats and harassment to stop. The people who tell you those lies are taking advantage of your naive ignorance to union busting. They want to align me with right wingers or radical feminists who try to shut down clubs, and use this as a red herring to the issues of stripper labor rights.

Entitlement

I receive regular harassment, death threats and assaults from other women who are scabs or scab sympathizers-- the kinds of people who are uneducated about the beautiful history of labor struggles. One word that these ignorant scabs and scab sympathizers use when describing me is "entitled." If I leverage independent contractor perks, these ignorant people will call me entitled. If I suggest that a workplace is misclassifying, and perhaps a union with recognized employee status should be respected, I am also called entitled. These kinds of people expect me to complacently go along with being misclassified. These kinds of people are usually other women in the industry.

I want other dancers to understand what you are entitled to under each classification. I don't want you to ever let a scab or a scab sympathizer make you feel bad for being entitled to your rights. Some of the best people in history succeeded because they knew their worth, but who were called "entitled" by other people who did not care about worth.

If you are truly an independent contractor, you are entitled to leave or enter your workplace whenever you wish. You are entitled to not be infantilized by your business partner, which is the club, by having them keep your money all night. You are entitled to treat your services like a business, set your own prices, and decide how to perform those services within the confines of the law. You are entitled to wear whatever you want. You are entitled to so much freedom if you are an independent contractor, freedom that will help you run your life like a personal business. You are entitled to tell the club owner what misclassification is, without experiencing negativity. You are entitled to exercise every factor on the Economic Realities Test that defines what a contractor or lease holder is. You are entitled to so much, and worth so much.

If you are a misclassified employee, you are entitled to a lot too. You are entitled to Title VII protections. You are entitled to form a labor union. You are entitled to a living wage. If you work full time, you are entitled to many benefits that current laws deny part time employees. You are entitled to stand up for yourself if your rights are violated. If you are misclassified, you are entitled to your back wages and other stolen fees. The checks that you will receive is money that is yours, money that you are 100% entitled to. Any woman to say you are greedy because you want your money is a really sad person who should not be influencing other women in any way.

You are entitled to all of these wonderful things, because there were entitled people of the past who fought for all of us. Entitled people like Jimmy Hoffa, Mother Jones, Eugene Debs, Samuel Gompers, Joe Hill, Frances Perkins, Timothy Healy, William B. Fitzgerald, Timothy Murphy, Michael J. Quill, just to name a few. In their day, they too experienced threats and criticism for being "entitled." How dare one tell a business how to operate? How dare one not just leave and go someplace else? How entitled.

For so long, strip clubs have felt like the entitled ones. They have a workforce that isn't always respected in society, a workforce that has been laughed at when bringing labor issues to agencies like the EEOC or NLRB. They have a workforce that so-called feminists often scorn, or tell them to just quit their jobs if they hate it so much. They have a workforce that is left out of labor rights, because the stigma that being a stripper carries is not acceptable. Because of this stigma, society has pushed dancers into the shadows. Entitled strip clubs have felt comfortable calling dancers contractors, but controlling them like employees. Entitled clubs have felt comfortable firing dancers who stand up for their rights, be them contractor or employee rights. For so long, women have accepted lower wages in the regular workforce, and told to feel thankful for bread crumbs. For so long, strip clubs have felt entitled to break labor laws. It has happened for so long, that to be a woman with the audacity to shamelessly stand up for those rights will result in threats, violence, and being called "entitled." People have lived so long with an accepted reality that favors entitled strip clubs, over dancer rights.

I'm entitled to what I have and so much more. I'm going to keep being entitled, and I know that other modern labor advocates will also continue to be entitled by fighting for correct worker classification, a higher minimum wage, shorter work weeks, benefits for part time workers, protections for contractors and so-called "lease holders," and a more strict way of protecting those who stand up for themselves. Yeah, you're goddamn right I'm entitled.

 

Full Nudity in Nebraska

The right to get fully nude in the adult entertainment workplace, without cited for prostitution, harassed or intimidated, is in jeopardy in the state of Nebraska right now. This is an area of law that labor activists and club owners are able to agree on.

I suggest that club owners in Nebraska look into the state of Oregon's nudity ruling, which allows dancers to be fully nude in clubs that serve liquor. It is a freedom of expression and human rights issue.

While I have many reasons to hate Larry Flynt, one issue that the Mohney and Flynt families and I agree on is that abolitionists who try to control nudity are causing harm to workers who choose to be nude.

Political figure Theresa Thibodeau, of Nebraska, is harming consensual workers when she makes false statements about liquor and nudity. If she really cared about the lives of strippers, she would be focusing her energy on misclassified employees and unions. Instead, she has an odd obsession with nudity that is not helping anybody. Her actions say more about her own psychological issues than those of other people. Please contact her and let her know that she should shift her focus from regulating nudity to misclassification and worker rights:

Phone: (402) 471-2714
Email: tthibodeau@leg.ne.gov

Lease Agreements

Since so many strip clubs are losing misclassification suits, one route that some of them have taken is to rename their misclassified employees "lease holders." The clubs treat them the same way they would as misclassified employees, but pretend like the dancers are "leasing space" to work instead. It's the same independent contractor bullshit, but with different etymology. The term is still pretty new to me. I haven't seen any losses of lawsuits with this new name. My guess would be that there are a lot of settlements going on that aren't in the news.

I had a joyous settlement with Silk Exotic Madison last year when they fired me as a "lease holder." The NLRB took good care of me. You can search for that post in the site search bar at the top of this page.

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The Nebraska club that I mentioned in a previous post also called us "lease holders." However, that place was a unique anomaly that I have no future plans to sue for misclassification. StripperLaborRights.com is gearing up for another series, this time about that Nebraska club, because the situation was so notable that it deserves it's own series. It will begin around the time that my New York Times interview is out and my essay about it on Whores of Yore publishes. Stay tuned for that!

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The state of Ohio does the stripper lease bullshit en masse. I learned this very recently. Unlike the Nebraska club, Ohio goes to extreme lengths to exploit, abuse and use naive dancers who don't know their labor rights. Generally, dancers in Ohio are are misclassified employees, worked like dogs and patrolled by management in ways that make me nauseous. I don't know if the water is poisoned in that particular state, but there is something malfunctioning with a lot of it's citizens that extends beyond strip clubs.

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As the Trump administration, libertarians, republicans and sell-out Democrats continue to disrupt the rights of workers that people fought and died for generations ago, the role of the term "lease agreement" in misclassification instances will probably not go away any time soon. Constant vigilance is necessary in the war on worker rights.

 

Support the #NYCStripperStrike!

Jezebel has recently published one of my favorite articles so far about the NYC stripper strike. It can be found here.

As a fair skinned woman, I am often oblivious to the many prejudices that dancers who don't look like me have to endure. Gizelle Marie is so brave and courageous, and I sincerely hope that the NYC stripper strike expands nationwide so that clubs don't discriminate in all of the ways that Gizelle Marie is bringing attention to!

If you know of a club that systematically bans dark skinned or black dancers from dancing, or prohibits black music from playing in the club, I suggest publicly supporting or promoting the stripper strike!

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Prostitution Accusations as a Control Tactic

Independent contractors and lease holders are allowed to leave a workplace whenever they wish, or to come and go as they please. Employees must follow a schedule, shift, hourly arrangement or otherwise be dominated by times set by the business that employs them. Employees often must notify their employer when they are leaving to take a lunch break, or must only have a certain amount of time when going out to eat during a work shift. Independent contractors or lease holders are their own bosses, and legally aren't required to work any certain hours. Strip clubs rarely respect these Economic Realities differences.

One common way that strip clubs prevent dancers from leaving work early is to accuse them of being prostitutes who are going to meet with customers outside of the club. There were vague rumors of this throughout my career that I didn't pay much attention to, but the first time a prostitution accusation really bothered me was at conciliation court in early 2016.

I was representing myself against King of Diamonds in Minnesota, which I won for myself. Their attorney and I were verbally sparring, when he began saying, "PROSTITUTION," while nudging his head my way, looking at the judge. If the judge was less progressive, perhaps he would have been prejudiced by this accusation and ruled in favor of King of Diamonds. Their lawyer knew about this stigma and prejudice; that's why he did that to me. It really bothered me that someone would accuse me of prostitution at King of Diamonds, not because I want to further stigmatize full service workers, but because I was so cold and assertive with customers, that to think I would do that at King of Diamonds is an absurd misrepresentation of who I am. I regularly had customers walk out of dances and complain because I wouldn't let them touch me. It was very dishonest and inaccurate for that King of Diamonds attorney to accuse me of doing "PROSTITUTION." That is part of the reason why winning that case was so wonderful.

In rural Minnesota, there is a club with fliers on the walls, forbidding dancers from leaving early, explicitly accusing them of going home with customers if they don't work their entire shifts. When I saw these fliers, it was interesting to me the way the club was using old fashion prostitute-shaming to aid them in violating the Economic Realities Test. Strip clubs are rife with hatred and shame for full service workers, so accusing dancers of this is really helpful in violating labor law. Strippers are notorious for ganging up on and accusing other strippers of doing full service work. It was fascinating to me that this club was leveraging that stigma. Strip clubs want to keep all of their workers on a shift the entire time, so that customers are happy with a variety of women to look at. But, strip clubs don't want to classify their employees correctly. This particular club did fire dancers for leaving early at times, including one dancer who had a baby and subsequently couldn't always stay a whole shift, due to heavy postpartum bleeding.

Recently during a jury trial for another Minnesota club, a very cruel, elderly, female former manager of mine successfully convinced the jury that I was a prostitute who was leaving early to meet with customers, and that she sometimes didn't let me leave early because she was worried about my safety. That wasn't true at all. I asked to leave early so I could surf the internet or go to sleep alone. She never cared about my safety at all. This manager would regularly threaten to fire or actually fire dancer employees for not doing what she ordered us to do. I audio recorded her not letting me leave early, so she had to come up with a way to get the jury against me. She couldn't deny the recording or her violation of Economic Realities. She succeeded at getting the jury to sympathize with her-- the jury thought I was a prostitute, and that my manager was completely justified in not letting me leave early. The jury didn't seem to care about misclassification at all. The scarlet letter of Prostitute had been branded on me by this vile, pitiful, miserable old woman, and respect for labor law was disregarded.

Most recently, I started working at an Ohio club with an owner and manager who didn't know about my history. On my second night working, I tried to leave early, because I was tired and wanted to go to sleep. The owner came up to me and began accusing me of things while looking inside my purse and pulling out a piece of paper with assigned dance prices on it. I had to draft a letter to them, informing them that I knew my rights. The results at work have been interesting so far, and I will cover them in a future post.

Late last year, I worked at a club in Nebraska that was terrified of getting sued again. I have never seen a workplace more lenient about letting dancers leave early. It was wonderful. I could go to sleep whenever I wanted, without getting accused of being a prostitute or threatened with termination. If I wanted to work for two hours, I could do that. If I wanted to work for ten hours, I could do that too. Their club operated just fine that way. Of course, I don't thank the owner of the club for that-- I thank the dancer who came before me with the courage to sue the fucker, and the woman attorney who served his ass on a platter in beautiful Eastern Nebraska.

 

Please Do Your Jury Duty, Liberals!

Hey Liberals, Leftists and anarchists-- I need to talk to you about something.

All my life, I have been surrounded by you people. You often victimize yourself over bullshit and state that you feel oppressed about things that aren't actually oppressive. I understand the need for constant vigilance, and I know micro-aggression is real. I know the government and system is really bad, but there's one thing that I and other marginalized groups really really need from you.

We need you to do your jury duty. We need your logical reasoning skills in a jury dispute for issues of civil rights, labor rights, women's rights and for justice. When you skip jury duty, you are potentially giving up your seat to a fucked up person, like a self-hating woman who wants all sex workers to die, or a cop, or three needle dick virgins in their 30's who don't give a shit if a club owner misclassifies and exploits strippers. These things actually happen, and court appeals are so exhausting. So please, take the day off of work, drive downtown, experience temporary inconvenience in your liberal/leftist/anarchist life, for the sake of marginalized people who end up in court. We really need you. You may understand some day if you are ever at the mercy of a jury, but most of you will never experience it yourselves. It is so much easier to sit at home and virtue signal.

Let me tell you how jury selection takes place too, so you can increase your chances of being picked. A group of people sit in a few rows. Some of them will be removed by the plaintiffs and defendants.

Questions are asked of the jury. The people who answer questions at extreme ends of an issue are weeded out or removed by the plaintiffs and defendants. For example, if you say something like,

"My roommate was a stripper and there's no way I can be unbiased because I know how clubs treat dancers."

or

"Of course I would be on her side! I can't not support that girl!"

You will automatically be removed from the jury pool, even before the trial begins. Bigots who hate strippers are good at keeping their mouths shut during jury selection. Generally, stupid people and right wingers sit blankly during jury selections, so sometimes there's no way to know to remove these people.

In order to stay in a jury pool, the chances increase if you appear completely blank, unbiased, undecided and brain dead.

You want to help marginalized people, don't you liberals? I've read your tweets and facebook posts. You care about Black Lives Matter, innocent people on death row, battered women, exploited workers and sex worker rights. Go to jury duty. Sit with a poker face during jury selection. Remember that the bad guys on the other side are trying to figure out your political biases so they can get rid of you and fill the jury with ignorant, murderous, exploitative pieces of shit. Remember that there is somebody in that court room who needs and depends on you, for all of the issues that your disingenuous hashtags promote.

Lesser of Many Evils

Every once in a while, a dancer will contact me because she has found the website through google. We will begin talking about clubs that poorly treat dancers. Sometimes, a dancer will then tell me that she found a club where the owner "isn't as bad" and "can be a lot worse." She then will begin to defend the owner, as though he is a great person for not being as exploitative as the next guy. Sometimes, she will praise his low house fee or tip out costs. That is really foolish. It's ok to be rude to them or to hate all of them. It's ok to not trust a one of them. Women are very conditioned to be sympathetic or kind. It's inevitable that they would minimize the exploitation in one club that isn't as bad, like a battered woman might marry a second time, to a husband who isn't as bad as the first. I encourage dancers to avoid this mentality and call it out when it comes up. It's OK to be really negative if the situation calls for it, if customers or staff are horrible in small or large degrees. Here is an encouraging video for you:

A Brief History of We Are Dancers USA

Long ago in NYC, a stripper named Rachel Aimee started a group called We Are Dancers.

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Rachel Aimee believed that it should have been up to dancers to "decide" whether or not they were independent contractors. With that mindset, Rachel Aimee showed that she did not understand the Economic Realities test, which is used to determine whether or not someone is an employee or an independent contractor. With that mindset, Rachel Aimee displayed her ignorance to the fact that people could be completely deluded about their own exploitation, by thinking they are independent contractors while being totally controlled by their oppressive bosses.

Rachel Aimee did not sue strip clubs herself, and mostly participated in We Are Dancers to socialize with other dancers, including scabs. A brave and risk-taking stripper who did sue clubs, named Hima, disagreed with Rachel Aimee about classification. Another brave and risk-taking stripper, named Daisy Anarchy, hates Rachel Aimee. While Rachel Aimee was creating scene-oriented cliques, Daisy Anarchy was taking on the city of San Francisco and attempting to reform labor law in the clubs, while she received death threats and feared for her life. Rachel Aimee is cowardly and lame, so she didn't do any of the cool stuff that Daisy Anarchy and Hima B. did. Here is Daisy Anarchy:

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Eventually, Rachel Aimee had kids and stopped dancing. We Are Dancers was inactive for a while.

In 2013, I started going to SWOP Chicago meetings to talk about stripper labor rights. Sadly, I was the only stripper who attended the meetings. Everyone else at the meetings did some other kind of adult entertainment. I had nobody to empathize with about the specifics of strip clubs. One person in SWOP Chicago, Serpent Libertine, told me about her friend Codi, who was a dancer.

Codi never attended any of the SWOP events that I attended, and never helped me whatsoever when I was just getting into stripper labor rights activism. She worked at an extremely fucked up club just outside of Chicago city limits, called Polekatz. Codi was also active on StripperWeb.com, under the name Daffnie. I begged for Codi to help me with stripper labor rights or do something, ANYTHING to help me in any way, but she would not. Apathy for workers and people often extends to other species as well.

Millions of animals are killed in shelters every year because of selfish, narcissistic breeders and buyers. Codi Schei is one such selfish, narcissistic buyer. She purchased a micro-pig from a North Chicagoland breeder, even though she could have adopted a bunch of dogs for the same price, or donated her money to a pig sanctuary. Here she is with her designer pig:

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Codi Schei is from the upper middle class Chicago suburb of Downer's Grove, while I am from Romeoville.

Seemingly out of nowhere last year, Codi Schei began revamping Rachel Aimee's We Are Dancers. She is now active on social media, advertising her group. Codi Schei isn't actually supporting litigious strippers who take risks and have to deal with death threats, joblessness, homelessness, blacklisting, hunger, despair, physical violence and trauma. That is because virtue signalling with memes and hashtags is more important to people like Rachel Aimee and Codi Schei. Not only is Codi Schei not doing anything to support suing strippers, but she is social media friends with scabs from Seville, as well as a scabby blog called Survive The Club. Like Daisy Anarchy was disgusted with Rachel Aimee for her disingenuous behavior, I am disgusted with Codi Schei for her disingenuous behavior.

History repeats itself, and here at StripperLaborRights.com, we hold the edge of strip club litigation, strikes and more.

The Airport Lounge, Milwaukee

I get accused of filing lawsuits for financial or personal gain, by morons mostly. It's a completely untrue accusation. One example of how this accusation is untrue is the time I reported The Airport Lounge in Milwaukee to the Wisconsin labor department.

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In the Spring/Summer of 2017, I ran out of strip clubs in Minnesota to work at. While the state of Wisconsin is mostly known as a place with grotesque strip clubs where customers put their hands on dancers, there are a few exceptions that I sought out. I wanted to stay close to Minnesota, but not deal with contact clubs. Airport Lounge in Milwaukee was one club in Wisconsin I found which did not permit customers to touch dancers. Unfortunately, it was very slow in there, so I left after only a few shifts. There was no dramatic termination or departure, and I probably won't bother to take them to small claims court for the few hundred dollars that they stole from me in the form of unpaid wages and mandatory fees. But, I did report them to the Wisconsin department of labor for an audit. This was at no advantage to me personally, but will hopefully make for a better working environment at Airport Lounge for future dancers.

While working my few shifts at Airport Lounge, I audio recorded most of it. Below is a list of questionable practices and policies I encountered during my stay:

-- Church ladies are allowed into the dressing room, where they distributed scripture and anti-abortion literature, with titles like "Healing from Sexual Sin"

-- Mandatory house fees, pressure to tip the staff and cuts of dance money

-- Mandatory stage rotation with music selected by the DJ

-- A bouncer who referred to dancers as "bitches"

-- A bouncer who threw quarters at one dancer on stage and stated that he was attempting to get the quarter in her "pussy"

-- A bouncer who meandered around the dressing room while dancers were in various forms of undress, where he discussed how attractive he thought he was

-- At the end of the night, all dancers were required to get on stage together and stand around for a set

-- The owners wife told me that I had to dance for her friend, who was seated on stage for his birthday

-- The owner's (unsightly) wife dancing on the stage in her street clothes

-- Stoned staff, obviously high on cannabis or opiates

-- Racist anti-Asian comments among dancers in the dressing room

-- Dancers not being allowed to leave until a shift ended

It was an abnormally terrible club, even by strip club standards. In my experience, Wisconsin is the worst state in the entire USA for a dancer to work. I genuinely wondered how The Airport Lounge stayed in business when it was so slow and so poorly run. The owner and his son, two Southern European immigrants, sat in the corner most of the time, directing their managers to tell dancers what to do.

The Wisconsin labor department does not allow me to know how the investigation is going, because it is confidential. After I stopped working there and reported them, I mailed all of my recordings, journal and evidence to the correct places and moved on. It would be great to know if anything has changed at Airport Lounge since last Spring/Summer when they were audited.