24 Jun 2020
Stereotype revealed: Gay male strippers
They have varying day jobs – a graphic designer, a surgeon, a builder, a real estate agent, an engineer, an accountant, a vet, and few of them have been cast on reality TV series. Despite being on different industries, and are professionals in their fields, there’s one thing they have in common – they strip over the weekends. And why not? They strip because they can and the job is rewarding.
However, male stripping has been described as a deviant occupation. It is thought that performers who engage in this line of work do so to primarily maintain a positive sense of self and to fuel their egos.
There are many social stigmas associated with the occupation as a male exotic dancer, aka a male stripper. Some of which includes dancing itself which is commonly associated with females, thus, false accusations of being gay, being a womanizer, and doing all dirty deeds to name a few.
Let’s end the stigma on male strippers and get real talk, stat!
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Industry full of Gay male strippers
The answer to this is no. A very small percentile of male strippers defines themselves as homosexual. Most male strippers identify themselves as heterosexual and are in long term relationships with supporting, loving and caring partners. It’s not uncommon for stripper relationships to include their partner in the adult industry, or have girlfriends in the same field. It’s fair to say that male strippers have a very upbeat and interesting lifestyle and are very talented in their line of work. From sessions in the studio to group rehearsals to training to keep their physique in the optimum condition – the day in the life of a male stripper can be exhausting.
Are all male strippers short?
No, not all male strippers are short. Magic Men Diesel towers in at 6”6 with many of the guys averaging a height of 6”. The social stigma “all-male strippers are short” comes from the fact that short men generally look more muscular because their bodies have compact body types, making them appear bigger. Meaning, people with fit bodies are generally shorter and as strippers are super fit, it is assumed, they are short in height.
Do you need a gay male stripper for a gay event?
Again, the answer to this is no. Most male strippers are happy to perform for any audience and clientele, they do not discriminate when it comes to gender. Since the legalisation of gay marriage in Victoria, and the rest of Australia in December 2017, there has been a significant spike in bookings for same-sex hens and bucks’ nights, keeping the industry fresh and very busy.
Male strippers won’t perform for gay clientele.
Male strippers will perform for a gay clientele, in fact, some strippers even prefer it. Few remarks from male strippers on performing for gay clients are:
“It’s a lot more fun and they appreciate my art for what it is.”
“I also do not have to worry about them trying to pick me up after the event is over.”
Oftentimes, same-sex parties invite 2 special guests for their hucks party. Yes, it is a combination of bucks and hens party. Male strippers usually do different acts or performances to make sure both parties are having an enjoyable time and catered to their likes and interests.
In conclusion, most stigmas around male stripping and their sexuality are false. Moreover, no matter what their sexual preference is, this is not a factor to determine who they want to perform for. Male stripping may be an extra job for some, but more than that, it is a form of art. They may be gods on stage, but there is more to it than what our eyes can see.
“Performing in front of screaming women is the best reward we could have. But just because we’re dancing topless or in briefs doesn’t mean we’re doing all the dirty stuff all the time.” – Anonymous