“I’m a Stripper”
Three Male Strippers, Three Major Cities
Exposing the lives of three male strippers in three of the sexiest cities in North America is what this documentary does. In Niagara Falls, our stripper makes his living by taking off his clothes; in Montreal our young Asian stripper rebels against his family’s conservative values and in Las Vegas the story repeats itself. “I’m a Stripper” takes a good in depth look at stripping and asks the questions that many of us have including why anyone would take their clothes off in a semi-public place— is it the money? The adoration? The sexual high? The feeling of power? How does one become a stripper and why? “What do their families and friends think? Do they take their work home with them? How much do they make? Is it competitive on the floor trying to get private dances? What is life like away from the club? How do they size up a client? Do they take their work home with them? How much do they make? Is it competitive on the floor trying to get private dances? What is life like away from the club? How do they size up a client? How do our straight boys feel about dancing for dudes? And the gay boys dancing for ladies? What gives them wood? What makes it limp”?
In the film, personal lives are exposed and we get a lot to think about. Charlie David narrates and we get opinions from both strippers and experts as we try to understand how society has become more tolerant and accepting of the male nude body on display. For so long, stripping has been a women’s profession and feminists have taken it to task by saying it exploits women. Does that exploitation now include men as well?
The three men features here are, of course, very good looking and each has a beautiful body but does this put pressure on the rest of us to try to look like them? These questions will be discussed and considered here and this is an eye-opening film.