Male Strippers in Nashville: When did this Profession Start?

Male Strippers in Nashville: When did this Profession Start?

When the movie Magic Mike wiggled its way to more or less $50 million at the box office in its first week, it was not the first time that men are stripping on the silver screen. Male stripper stories have been a recurring plotline in most movies in recent decades, shedding their clothes in every movie, from Full Monty to Summer School. 

Not only that, even television series and memorable Saturday Night Live acts have been caught up with this phenomenon. These past years, even the New York Times declared male stripping has finally hit the mainstream. The big question is, “When did stripping for men started professionally?”

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The 1970’s

While big, muscled men have been paid for flexing their pectorals and showing off their toned and ripped bodies since the late 19th century, it is only in the ’70s that stripping for money became a profession for both genders. Before 1970, there are only a few known reports of men working as a stripper. 

The early appearance of the word “male stripper” came out in 1973 outside Big Ben. Another early appearance comes in a 1974 report, mentioning men working as a stripper during a “Marginally Illegal Occupations and Work Systems” reports.

Through the mid to late ’70s, men who work as a stripper were likely to receive citations for public indecency. But at the end of the decade, male dancers have become a regular attraction at strip clubs all over the United States. There are strip clubs that have a few nights every month for exclusive make stripping shows, usually with “ladies only” audience.

Between the mid-’70s and early ’80s clubs went from having a couple of strippers or dancers to having at least a couple of clubs with dozens of male dancers. In the start of the ’80s, traveling groups were stripping their clothes in places as far as Nashville, Tennessee, where bachelorette parties are starting to be popular. 

Clubs in Nashville TN male strippers are beginning to overflow with ladies, who are either in that club to celebrate their birthdays, bachelorette party or just having a night out with her group of friends. For example, the Concord Performance used a prevalent strategy of limiting its clientele to ladies.

They charge women $1, while they charge $15 for men. Usually, men who performed fully dressed at first, and as they danced with the music, they start to strip their clothes one-by-one. Gay strip clubs began to operate around the same time. By the mid-’70s, the Gaiety Theatre in New York featured stripping men to entertain other men. 

Unlike other shows that are centered towards entertaining women, the shows are regularly featuring men doing full-frontal nudity on the shows. But still, these shows were quite similar to the shows entertaining straight men or women, although there is a big chance that you will see drag, as well as other gender-play shows.

Gay or straight, a lot of people are still unsure of what to make off with this new phenomenon. The sudden growth of male shows, as well as men strip clubs, took place while a massive cultural movement is also happening. That includes feminism’s second wave, the dramatic rise of LGBT pride, as well as the sexual revolution. 

Popular women’s magazine, Playgirl, started in the early ’70s as a feminist answer to men’s magazines like Penthouse and Playboy. But despite all of the improvements in the situation, male stripping is still facing a lot of resistance for various communities, groups and organizations. 

Religious groups, feminist organizations, even gay groups, are still questioning the morality and legality of male stripping. There are also recorded cases where club operators and organizers are being sued because of discrimination and refusal to admit male clients in their shows. 

It was not long ago before television, and the silver screen caught on with the hype. In 1979, the New York Times made their first mention of male strippers, when their article described the television show The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo. 

In this television show, a corrupt sheriff and his cohorts agree to protect a disco club and are surprised with the fact that the club they are protecting is a male stripper club. Clubs showing male strippers have become a popular television and movie plots throughout the ’80s, starting with Ladies only, a 1981 NBC television show. It continued with movies like A Night in Heaven, a 1983 movie by Christopher Atkins.

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Before the ’70s the male body was usually eroticized in the movie and television entertainment, but its sex appeal was seldom shown as an explicit attraction. Even if people consider it as one, there is a small chance that the attraction will involve dancing. 

During the late 19th century, vaudevillian organizers figure out that if they invited fans during show breaks, they found out that the fans like to see muscular men in their sexy outfit. During that time, an actor by the name Henry E. Dixey appeared in a risqué musical called Adonis, and at the end of the show, he appeared on stage wearing nothing but skintight white underwear. 

Pageant for men who like bodybuilding called Mr. America became very popular in the middle of the century. Some of these men would dance behind famous personalities like Jayne Mansfield. But despite all of these, the contribution of males in these performances was not usually sexually explicit. 

A dozen male dancers and strippers in their underwear would start dancing in cages, bars or clubs in the ’80s, but again, they don’t usually show their private parts. All over the world, strip clubs are starting to appear as sex show attractions. Pornographic movies are also beginning to appear in the early 1900s. But only at the middle of the 20th century (60’s and 70’s) that pornographic theaters can legally show pornographic films. 

Before men can show stripping in television shows, movies or on stage, they had to be eroticized. Studies suggest that male strippers are less likely to enter the prostitution industry, although there is a big chance that they will date their clients. When asked whether they will recommend their job to people they know, all the male subjects responded yes.

Indonesia raises Bali volcano alert to highest level

THE NUMBER of tremors recorded at Bali’s Mt Agung volcano has increased again late Saturday after a lull during the morning.

Authorities say they still cannot predict when the mountain will erupt but with the threat level at its highest, an emergency response period has been declared.

And Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport (Denpasar International Airport) is preparing an emergency operations centre, in the event of an eruption closing the busy airport.

The Operations Section Head of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Misranedi, said today that airports in Lombok and Surabaya, in East Java, were being prepared as alternatives, assuming they too were not affected.

Misranedi said that taxis and buses would be provided to take people to the Padangbai seaport so they could go by boat to Lombok or Surabaya.

“We are preparing our emergency operation center (EOC). In the EOC, we will coordinate with the BMKG, Air Navigation, and all related parties. When the eruption happens and the airport must be closed, we have prepared alternative airports, such as Lombok airport and Juanda airport. I hope the two airport will not be affected by the eruption,” Misranedi said.

According to police almost 28,000 villagers living Mt Agung volcano have now been evacuated to shelters.

Hundreds of tremors, from deep within Mt Agung, are now being recorded daily as the majestic mountain rumbles into action for the first time in five decades.

In the 12 hours, from midnight on Friday until noon today, a total of 198 tremors were recorded.

The threat level was increased to four on Friday night, by the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation agency, the third time in the past week the level has been raised.

And the exclusion zone was doubled to 12km from the summit, a calculation based on the track of ash cloud and lava from the last time Mt Agung erupted, back in 1963.

The head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation ( PVMBG), Kasbani, said today that very small tremors had been detected at Mt Agung since its last eruption in 1963. These started to increase markedly last month and this month had reached an extreme level.

“Four days after we raised the alert level to level three, (earlier this week) there were extraordinary tremors … the biggest since 1963. So, we raised the alert level to level four,” Hasbani said.

Early on Saturday the tremors had started to decrease but by the afternoon were increasing again.

“We could not predict when the mountain will erupt,” he said.

Nor could they predict how long the eruption will last. But based on the 1963 eruption, it could be erupting for a year.

“However, we don’t know whether the eruption now will be bigger or smaller. If we see the eruption in 1963, it could take one year,” Hasbani said.

He said the 1963 eruption had seen hot ash clouds gush out with extraordinary speed, reaching 14km to the north, 12km to the southeast and 12km to the south and southwest.

At that time, rocks and lava the size of a human head had rained down.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head, Willem Rampangilei, said all people in the region 9-12km from the mountain must evacuate.

“We have prepared 500,000 masks to anticipate volcanic ash which is very important, because the ash is very dangerous,” Rampangilei said today.

“This is a very complex work. We should work hard to minimise victims. We keep hoping that the eruption will not happen. However, we should be ready for the best scenario if the eruption does happen,” he said.

“We have declared that we are in emergency response period for next one month. I hope, the eruption will not happen.”

TRAVEL WARNING

DFAT has updated its travel advisory, warning tourists to monitor the situation closely and follow instructions of officials, saying an eruption could impact air travel.

Bali tourist officials have also become frustrated at exaggerated reporting causing panic among tourists. Mt Agung is about 72km from the densely populated tourist district of Kuta and concern is highest for those locals living in the villages surrounding the mountain itself. The main concern for tourists is the expected closure of the airport and delayed flights should the mountain erupt.

ANIMALS FLEE

Indonesian media is reporting that wild animals — including snakes and apes — are panicked by the stirring volcano and moving through settled areas.

It’s been a growing trend over the past three days, the Tribun Kaltim news service says.

“It may be hot on Mount Agung. So the animals (come) out and to the settlement,” it reports district identity Jro Mangku as saying.

Men from a traditional village in the volcano’s shadow believe the descent of animals from the top of the mountain is one of “seven signs” an eruption will occur. Small numbers begin to move up to three months before an eruption.

“Maybe this is a sign — the sign of the mountain will erupt. This condition is not as usual,” Jro Mangku reportedly said.

Such an animal exodus was observed before Mount Agung’s previous eruption in 1963.

Other signs locals have come to expect before an eruption are yet to emerge. For example, there is no evidence of fine ash yet, which can cause skin to itch.

GROWING HAZARD

The Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation reports the volcano’s seismic activity has dramatically increased. “This number of seismicity is an unprecedented seismic observation at Agung volcano ever recorded by our seismic networks,” it said in a statement.

Earlier, the Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said in a statement there has been a “tremendous increase” in seismic activity at the mountain, indicating a greater probability of an eruption.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said overnight that the hazardous zone had been increased from 9km to 12km, covering an area encompassing about 240,000 people and prompting further evacuations. He urged people to “calm down” and seek reliable information.

“Estimated danger zones are dynamic and are being continuously evaluated. (They) are subject to change at any time following the most recent observation data,” Indonesia’s volcano observation authority warned.

‘KILLER’ VOLCANO

Indonesia’s volcano monitoring body, MAGMA, warns Mount Agung’s eruptions are characteristicly explosive and effusive — resulting in deadly pyroclastic flows of ash, rock and lava.

“In case of eruption, the potential primary hazard that may occur within a radius of 9km is pyroclastic fall of size equal to or greater than 6cm,” its website states.

But its modelling for some of the terrain around the volcano also shows such flows could cover 10km in less than 3 minutes.

“If an eruption occurs, there is considerable disaster potential,” it warns. “People around Mount Agung also do not have enough experience to face the eruption because this volcano last erupted … 54 years ago.”

Agung last erupted in 1963, unpleasing deadly pyroclastic flows which killed about 1100 people and hurling ash as high as 10 kilometres.

It is just one of 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire” convergence of tectonic plates.

Emeritus professor Richard John Arculus of Australian National University has published a blog saying Mount Agung has produced some of the largest eruptions of the past 100 years.
“Our ability to predict eruptions has improved dramatically since this last event, so we can hope such a death toll will not occur again,” he writes.

“A primary line of evidence is the frequency and locations of earthquakes beneath the volcano, caused by upward flowing magma. Swelling and inflation of the volcano coupled with measurements of the temperatures and composition of gases emerging from the crater also give clues as to the likelihood of an eruption.

“So there is no need to be caught unawares by Mt Agung, providing the advice of the authorities, armed with expert assessments, is followed.”

 

Viewers shocked as Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard share intimate Emmys kiss

ONE blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment from today’s Emmy Awards had viewers losing their minds – and it involved Aussie star Nicole Kidman.

No, our Nic wasn’t pulling focus with her unusual clapping technique – rather, it was a surprisingly intimate moment she shared with her Big Little Lies co-star Alexander Skarsgard.

As Skarsgard headed to the stage to accept his award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie, he stopped by Kidman, who played his wife in the series.

His arms around her waist, hers on his face, the two co-stars – whose racy sex scenes in the HBO series made headlines – kissed each other full on the lips, while Kidman’s husband Keith Urban looked on, clapping.

Reaction from viewers was unanimous: Wait, did we just see what we thought was saw?

Europe shakes off North Korea jitters

 

Traders work in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Staff/Remote

 

By Marc Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s financial markets seemed on Tuesday to have shaken off jitters prompted by North Korea’s biggest nuclear test yet, with stocks pushing higher and investors reversing out of bonds, gold and other safe-haven assets.

As with many political risk plays over the past couple of years, market moves suggested a reluctance to price in tail risks on every possible bad outcome and more of a focus on the prosaic but upbeat global economic picture.

Confirmation that euro zone business activity remained robust last month helped the pan-European STOXX 600 (.STOXX) to claw back most of the 0.5 percent it lost on Monday amid international condemnation of the previous day’s nuclear test [.EU].

The euro (EUR=) and European government bond yields [GVD/EUR] also tiptoed higher as risk appetite tentatively returned and the data, which also showed rising inflation pressures, put the focus back on Thursday’s European Central Bank meeting. [/FRX]

Gold – the traditional go-to for traders when political concerns escalate – eased too, dipping back from a one-year high in its first drop in four days. [GOL/]

“What the recent episodes have shown is that you should not really try to follow these things as they tend to fade quickly,” said ING’s chief EMEA FX and rates strategist, Petr Krpata.

“It is less and less surprising for markets every time, so for us it is not a reason to change our constructive view on carry currencies.”

Wall Street, which was closed on Monday, was expected to edge down around 0.2 percent when it reopened to bring it in line with the previous day’s global dip. [.N]

ASIA SUBDUED

Overnight China’s Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index (PMI), a forward-looking economic indicator, rose to 52.7 in August, the highest reading in three months.

The market reaction to that was muted, however, with sentiment in Asian equity markets still subdued. Chinese bourses eked out small 0.2-0.3 percent gains [.SS] but Seoul (.KS11) and Tokyo (.N225) remained red.

South Korea’s Asia Business Daily, citing an unidentified source, reported North Korea had been observed moving a rocket that appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) possibly in preparation for a launch.

Speaking at a summit of the world’s biggest emerging economies in China, Russian President Vladimir Putin again warned that threatening military action against North Korea could trigger “a global catastrophe”.

“Russia condemns North Korea’s exercises, we consider that they are a provocation … (But) ramping up military hysteria will lead to nothing good,” he told reporters.

In commodity markets, U.S. WTI oil prices edged higher, while U.S. gasoline prices (RBc1) slumped to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels, as oil refineries and pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Coast slowly resumed activity, easing supply concerns. [O/R]

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures (CLc1) ticked up 0.2 percent to trade at $47.38 per barrel, though global benchmark Brent prices barely budged at $52.37.

The reassuring China PMI data helped copper (CMCU3) hit a three-year high in industrial metals markets, and nickel hovered near a 14-month peak. [MET/L]

Meanwhile, bitcoin (BTC=BTSP) dropped further from Saturday’s all-time high of $4,979.9 to trade at $4,012.

China said on Monday it was banning the practice of raising funds through launches of token-based digital currencies, known as initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Kensington Palace announces third royal baby on the way

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a third child who will be fifth in line to the British throne.

Kensington Palace announced the news on Monday, saying that the Queen and rest of the Royal Family are “delighted”.

The Duchess is suffering from an extreme form of morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, as she did with previous pregnancies.

She has been forced to cancel her planned engagement at a London children’s hospital today and is being cared for an Kensington Palace.

The couple are already parents to Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two. Their third child will be fifth in line to the British throne with Prince Harry forced down to sixth place.

Kensington Palace did not confirm when the baby is due.

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The Duchess was last seen in public last week with Prince William and Prince Harry when they visited a memorial garden dedicated to the princes’ late mother Diana. She was wearing a dress that showed no hint of a baby bump.

The announcement comes after the royal couple travelled to Poland in July and Kate dropped a hint she would like to have more children.

When presented with a gift for a newborn baby, she said “We will just have to have more babies,” raising speculation she knew she was pregnant at the time.

The news comes as Prince George is due to start his first year at school in London this week and following the twentieth anniversary of the death of the Duke’s mother, Princess Diana.

Earlier this week residents near the prestigious school where Prince George will start raised fears about security, claiming it could become a potential target.

Sarah Burnett-Moore, 54, told how she walked into Thomas’s Battersea after the front gate and a main entrance door were left open.

Mrs Burnett-Moore told The Telegraph: “I could have walked in with an IED and set it to go off on Thursday.

“I live just 200 metres from the school and myself and lots of neighbours are worried about the security implications as the prince’s presence will make the area a target for attacks.”

The news could help mark a new chapter for the family who have been at the centre of reporting around the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, that has seen the popularity of Prince Charles dip and led Prince William and Harry to speak out about her death.

In a documentary called Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, her sons revealed their sadness over their last conversation with their mother.

“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know, ‘see you later’. If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else. But that phone call sticks in my mind, quite heavily,” Prince William said.

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Prince Harry said he struggled to recall what they talked about.

“It was her speaking from Paris. I can’t really necessarily remember what I said, but all I do remember is probably regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was,” he said in the show.

“Looking back on it now it’s incredibly hard. I’ll have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life. Not knowing that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum, how differently that conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling her life was going to be taken that night.”