Video: ‘Shit People Say To Strippers’ Is The Latest Reappropriation Of The Meme

Earlier today, an acquaintance posted something truly asinine and ignorant about strippers to my Facebook wall, and it made me super annoyed. I’m used to having my blog posts trolled but that’s a safe space, dammit! Needing to counteract the effect her words had had on my mood, I headed over to for-and-by-sex-workers blog Tits and Sass and found precisely what I was looking for: a video that skewers the things people say to (and about) strippers. BOOM, ROASTED. In my head, at least.

The clip satirizes not one, not two, but three types of people: the clueless, naive person who thinks that being a stripper is akin to being a glamorous, confident (but potentially molested) money-making superhero; the equally clueless, ostensibly “feminist” asshole who’s convinced she knows you better than you know yourself; and the kinds of male patrons who constitute the not-so-fun parts of a stripper’s night.

My personal award for “best line” goes to 1:15: “I mean, I sell my body when I’m a waitress, but I’m selling, like…my hands.” The motorboating at 2:04 is pretty great, too.

And if that weren’t enough socially conscious, sex-positive, and yes, feminist re-appropriation of what started out as a somewhat sexist meme, here is one about the shit people say to sex workers:

I’m not saying we can’t have productive discussions about sex work, and I’m not saying there aren’t aspects of it that can be problematic. Many sex workers would agree with this statement. (And some wouldn’t! Different people are different.) But part of being a true ally to other women is entering the conversation in good faith, and knowing when to shut up and listen. And please refrain from making rude assumptions about other people’s past, their character, or their other psychological makeup. If you can’t do this because it’s the right thing to do, do it so you don’t get called out by a disgruntled sex worker someday. You’re welcome.

(Via TitsAndSass)

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    • Eve

      “What do you do for a living?”
      OH MY LORD.
      Yup. It’s not just strippers, people say that to all kinds of people WHILE THEY’RE DOING THEIR JOB. I used to get it as a tour guide. It’s so disrespectful.

    • MM

      I thought the sex worker one was spot on but I can’t help but agree with the people who ask “well, what about the women on the street?” even though I wouldn’t phrase it that way. I am all about women having a free choice to do what they want with their bodies but it’s undeniable that a lot of women in sex work are there because they are poor, desperate or trafficked and sometimes it seems that the happy sex workers don’t even want to talk about them.

      • yau

        its true that there are many differences between the conditions and stigma that street sex workers may face compared to other sex workers such as an escort or a cam worker. but also its important to not presume someone’s work background when they say that…ie. if you find out they are a sex worker they might actually currently be or have in the past worked on the streets. so i guess thats part of what was written above by titts and sass about not presuming people’s backgrounds in these videos or when you meet any worker! x

    • bobbie

      OH MY GOSH! ! !
      Can we also get our team to post a link to http://shitpeoplesayabout.com/ shit people say about

    • Nathan

      ‘Shit Alcoholics Say’ is pretty funny, and it has a super heavy ending! http://youtu.be/tUsTwfBE17E