Probably reg-required, at the Trib, Women take a seat at strip club bars:
Rose Eyong and Chantal Idouin nursed cocktails at Shotgun Willie's, the gentlemen's club that regulars affectionately call "Shotties."
The two friends faced a raised and padded neon stage near the cigar case and shoeshine booth. Their eyes darted between an entertainer in white thigh-high fishnets playing peek-a-boo through her knees and a middle-age man offering up one bill after another.
Women. In a strip club?
"I like to watch the men," Idouin said with a giggle. "They really look at those girls and give them all their money."
[. . .] I've been continually surprised by the number of female customers I've seen," said Katherine Frank, author of "G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire" (Duke University Press, $19.95).
The anthropologist danced in strip clubs for six years while conducting research for her doctoral thesis. She learned that women, along with men, enjoy the free-spirited party atmosphere.
"We spent a lot of time making the women feel beautiful and comfortable," Frank said. "If that interaction goes well, it's going to be better for everyone."
Danielle Egan also studied sexuality and body-image issues by working in topless bars.
"It's pretty incredible to watch how women act," said Egan, a St. Lawrence University sociologist. "Women, more so than men, tend to be boisterous in a strip club."
For purposes of this article, queer women do not exist, apparently.
Piece originally appeared in The Denver Post; perhaps there's a longer version there, which acknowledges that not everyone is straight.
Perhaps winged monkeys will fly out of my butt.
Update: I get curious. Here's the Denver Post version, Strip-club crowd: Why more women are watching other women take it off.
Yes, it's slightly longer.
No, queers still do not represent.
On the plus side, there's another article on Something's Gotta Give, Someone's gotta say it: She's 50+ and sexy. Covers the same territory as the ones linked here previously, really, including mention of the upcoming film Calendar Girls.
Yes, I'm reading WomanNews. You got a problem with that?
See also: Bunnies celebrate 50th on their own, about the 50th Anniversary of the Playboy Bunnies:
Former bunnies include supermodel Lauren Hutton, singer Deborah Harry and actress Sherilyn Fenn. Others include Cynthia Henderson, now a lawyer and once a member of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's Cabinet; federal Judge Kimba Wood; and Polly Matzinger, now an immunologist at the National Institutes of Health.
"There is a ridiculous number of people doing this business," says David Card, an analyst with Jupiter Research. He cites the recent announcements from networking service Friendster that it raised venture funding--$13 million in October and slightly more than $1 million earlier--as a factor in the recent explosion of new sites.
"What's happening now is Friendster has raised some money, so other people are thinking there's funding to be found," Card says.
Mind you, I still haven't actually met anyone on Friendster. . .