Friday, April 13, 2012

NBC CT News Interview

I had a great interview Wednesday on NBC CT 11am news.

I was afraid I wouldn't make it that morning because I'd been so sick for days, but I somehow held it all together.

I have to admit, I really enjoyed being on camera again...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Children Have More Troops

Happy Grilled Cheese Day!
I get so frustrated with myself when I lose my patience with my kids.

I remind myself that Cole is only three. Three. When I think about how short a time that is to be alive and to have soaked up the cultural mores of human beings I feel guilty.

He’s only trying to have fun and be with Mommy.

But, oh my goodness, when he just seems to have cotton balls in his ears and I have to repeat myself like twenty times, I want to run down the stairs, open the back door and run outside.

Then there’s Thomas screaming, I mean—SCREAMING—at the top of his lungs. 

And then Genny will turn and snap when I say no about something: Oh! Fine! What-EVER!

And I’m standing there asking myself, oh my goodness, why is this so tough? They are only three little children and I am one big, smart, strong adult.

And then there is my answer staring me in the face: they are a much larger army than I.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stripper Baby Photo Seems Inevitable But Wrong

I opened this photo sent by a friend not knowing what I would find.

I’d like to say I was shocked, but rather I felt more of a sense of, yeah, I can see someone’s mind putting the pieces together and taking a photo of a baby on a lamp post as a stripper pole.

Perhaps the inevitability of this photo began back when stage mothers started dressing their young pageant daughters as strippers and fan dancers for the talent portion of beauty competitions.

The idea, the thought, of young girls dressed as strippers surrounds us in our culture. Until we then get a photo of a mother taking it just one step further. A mother completely sexualizing her baby in a stripper outfit with a pole to swing on.

Awkward moment to explain one day to this girl?

Is it funny? Cute? To me, no. To most mothers, I would think not.

Maybe some would say it’s no worse than dressing up one’s baby in a cheerleader outfit or a sports jersey with one’s favorite team. I mean, the baby doesn’t choose that either.

I’ll even admit I was guilty when my daughter was a baby when I dressed her in a pink bikini style bathing suit.

But for me, this photo just seems wrong on another level as it purposefully uses a child in a hyper-sexualized fashion.

I’m an ex-stripper and believe in the rights of women to make their own choices when it comes to their occupations. But I’m also a mother and just don’t see the humor in dressing a baby up as a stripper.

Were you surprised by this photo?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Guest Blog at Sassy Lapdancer

Check out my guest blog post about strippers uniting in their mission to tell their stories at Sassy Lapdancer.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Selling a Stripper Story

Most people assume that nowadays the way to make a splash with a memoir must be to have been a stripper.

But in my latest Huffington Post blog, Sarah Tressler: Marketing Genius or One Lucky Stripper? I discuss how difficult it actually is to be taken notice of if you were a stripper.

"Stripper stories" have been told a few times already, so, you know...they must be all alike.