1 in 4 Lap Dancers Is a College Grad

Study finds high levels of job satisfaction in adult industry
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2010 6:24 AM CDT
Performance artist and lap dancer Cathy MacGregor, who holds a PhD in drama and feminist theory, rehearses for her multi-media show 'Scarlett''s Story' at the Castillo Theatre in New York City.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Lap dancers are often better-educated and better paid than the guys they're dancing for, according to a British study. The researchers found that a quarter of the women in the industry have undergraduate degrees, and a third are dancing to fund their studies, the Independent reports. Educated women were attracted to lap dancing both because of the pay—taking home an average of $360 per shift—and because of the lack of opportunities in the fields they gained their degrees in.

The study—which didn't uncover any evidence of coercion or human trafficking in the industry—found very high levels of job satisfaction among lap dancers. The lead researcher says she was amazed at the "endless supply of women" who want to be lap dancers. "I think there is something of a generational cultural difference," she says. These young women do not buy the line that they are being exploited, because they are the ones making the money out of a 3-minute dance and a bit of a chat." However, the researchers did find that the clubs didn't always do enough to protect the girls, and recommended the banning of private booths.

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