Female strippers are thought of usually as either hot, sexy, gorgeous women or skanky, slutty whores.
Male strippers are thought of as what by the general public? Are there the same polar opposite opinions?
What about funny?
Channing Tatum’s co-star in Magic Mike XXL, Joe Manganiello said:
Male stripping is funny, it just is. You would have to work so hard to work around the comedy, the innate comedy of male stripping…
It says a lot that we see men stripping as funnier much easier than we do women stripping.
I think that the humor for audiences comes from the awkwardness we may experience at seeing men do something that is seen as “womanly.” Being sexy has always been a female’s territory.
I think there is something inherently funny about public nakedness in general.
If I tried now to do what I did back then, I would not be able to keep a straight face. Trying to “be sexy” is quite funny.
One photo shoot I did for a foot fetish magazine was actually hysterical. The shoot took place in a real studio with photographers, lighting, and sets. I worked with two other models. We started dressed, eating grapes on a velvet couch. We ended nude, legs entwined, displaying our toes to the camera. My improvisation of feeding grapes to the others from my clenched toes was a hit. It was outrageously funny to me, but the other models really seemed into it. The blonde sucked on my toes and moaned. I did my fake head-back orgasm, but I think hers was real.
In some ways, it’s so simple as a stripper or model to put on that fake sexy face and pretend to be so hot and bothered. It was easy to make men think the look was real.
Perhaps that is also where part of the “funny” came from for me. What kept me going when the men were jerks was knowing that they were giving me money for pretending to feel and be something I wasn’t really experiencing or being.
We would laugh backstage at how easy it was to make men believe we were real.
Looking back now, I see I really was an actress playing a part most of the time.
It makes sense that I would be confused about who I really was after leaving my other life.
What was real and what was fake got all mixed up.