Stripcast: True Stories from a Stripper with a PhD

My name is Lux ATL, and I am a mother, wife, business owner, former university instructor, and lifelong stripper. From the halls of academia to the strip club stage, my life as a post-academic feminist sex worker has been filled with unique sociological insight, unforgettable friendships, and a thousand beautiful messes in between. These are my true stories of the highs and lows of an ex-academic and lifelong stripper pole dancing for pay on stages all across the South.
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Apr 29, 2016

What’s up, dudes? Thanks for tuning in to Episode 3: When I Came Back for the Last Time.   

Stripping always comes in seasons--quitting and going back, quitting and going back. Today’s episode is about the beginning of my last season of stripping.  

I was 30 years old, a wife, mom, and panicking graduate student. I had my dissertation to complete, the job market wasn’t looking good, and I had started to lose faith in the academy. No to mention the frightening looming student loan debt. In this episode, I walk you through my re-entry into the trap house as an ABD PhD student with a family at home.  

This episode goes out to all the academics out there, who are freaked out about the field and wondering what to do. Enjoy! 

Truths and insights from my last reentry into stripping: 

  • A long year alone with a baby can make you forget who you are 
  • A Groupon special on pole dancing can reawaken some shit
  • You partner might not find your job so easy to accept
  • Pole tricks and dance ability don’t mean shit at The Oasis Goodtime Emporium 
  • Thousands of dollars are made in tiny dark closets
  • Once you realize you can make $1000 in a night, that knowledge dogs you, changes you, makes you reconsider everything 

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