While the art of the female striptease can be traced all the way back to the 19th century in the Greek and Sumerian cultures, it took the dudes quite a while to catch up; ah but when they did, the effects were nothing short of beautiful–not to mention culturally impactful in scope.  From the time the LaBare and Chippendales troupes first took the global stage in the late 1970s, performing for screaming, smiling audiences of women across America and around the world, it was finally time for men to embody and realize women’s wildest fantasies; and through a form of sensual erotic dance that left nothing to the imagination.

Suddenly a coterie of sophisticated and professionally produced male revues–also including Manpower Australia, the London Knights and the Hollywood Men–staged erotic flights of fantasy presented in the flesh to women everywhere.  The same groups released videos and merchandise that, in many ways, stood among the first examples of visual erotica for women.

mskissEvery major women’s magazine from Ms. to Playgirl chronicled the rise of the male stripper phenomenon, with dancers appearing on every talk show from Geraldo to Jenny Jones.  The concept hit the big screen in 1983, when Christopher Atkins hit the stage as Ricky the Rocket in A Night in Heaven, and ran the TV movie route in 1981, when Gregory Harrison dazzled audiences in the movie For Ladies Only.  And even in smaller Midwestern communities, organized male revues played both local nightclubs as well as birthday and bachelorette parties.

Then for some reason, the male stripper craze seemed to calm and subside a bit.  For while the major male revues continued to rock audiences in places like Vegas, New York and Los Angeles, many smaller groups disbanded; soon a gal was lucky if she could find a local dancer to play her sister’s bachelorette party or Granny’s “free at last” divorce soiree.

Then in 2012, something magical happened.  Heartthrob actor and former stripper Channing Tatum co-produced and starred in Magic Mike; a film, also starring Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey, and Matt Bomer, that chronicled the experiences of a superstar male dancer looking for a change in his life–but not before he totally rocks the world and dances the lap of every woman in sight.

…not to mention every woman who attended a showing of this blockbuster movie, which grossed more than $113 million upon release.  And three years later, the after effects of the Magic Mike phenomenon still are being felt in various facets of the entertainment industry.  In 2014, Joe Manganiello directed and produced the documentary LaBare, about the real life Magic Mikes.  Earlier this year, Robert Ri’chard, Tyson Beckford and Michael Jai White starred in Chocolate City, a slice of life story about African-American male exotic dancers.  And Magic Mike inspired what very well may be the first porn parody for a female audience (as somehow we don’t picture ladies busting down the ticket stands to see XXX versions of ET or The Big Bang Theory), Magic Mike XXXL.


You Can Look and Touch! Male strippers will often allow, and sometimes encourage, you to feel and stroke their cocks. Sliding it into your mouth a few times (with whipped cream!) is also common. But don’t grab! That’s the quickest way to be ignored the rest of the night!
But Can You Fuck? Compared to the average frat boy or guy at the office, male strippers are used to being around attractive and aggressive women so it isn’t quite as easy to bed one. However, it does happen. At bachelorette parties, bridesmaids can get very lucky. Brides-to-be have to be careful that news of her extracurricular romp doesn’t get back to her fiance.

“I worked as ‘male entertainment’ for a few years in college,” confesses one male stripper. “Roughly half of the brides-to-be at bachelorette parties had sex with me or gave me sexual favors. But bridesmaids were a 100% thing; every time I’d get with one.”

Fucking a male stripper can seem like you’re scoring with a celebrity if you’re drunk enough! If that’s what you want, here’s our advice: Don’t be pushy. Calmly ask if you can see him after the show. He’ll get the hint!

Directed by former stripper Brad Armstrong, this movie stars XXX heart throbs Derrick Pierce, Seth Gamble, Ryan Driller, Tommy Gunn and Ryan McLane.
“In our movie, the action doesn’t stop on the stripper stage. The ladies get more than just a little lap dance. My job was to take the guess work out of ‘I wonder what it would be like to make love to that stripper.’ and make the fantasy a reality,” Pierce said in a Wicked Pictures press release.

And this summer saw the long-awaited sequel to the Channing Tatum original, Magic Mike XXL.   Ladies once again flooded the theaters to see the continuing misadventures of Mike and Crew, who this time travel to compete in a countrywide stripper convention; and along with the prerequisite bumping and grinding, this flick boasts a strong message of female empowerment.  Mike Lane declares early on in the film that “My God is a she,” and several characters emphasize the importance of listening to what a woman wants–and, for that matter, of giving it to her.  The gentlemen from Tampa are seen entertaining women of all ages and body types, and romancing everyone from a newly divorced Cougar (played by the timelessly glamorous Andie MacDowell) to a free-spirited bisexual photographer (Amber Heard).

And then there is Rome.

Played by the amazing Jada Pinkett Smith, Rome is the owner of an exclusive ladies club as well as the emcee of Mike’s new show.
“All women are queens,” she declares, further asking her audience if they are ready to be worshipped and exalted.  It turns out they are, setting the stage for an electrifying finale as Mike and the boys hit the stage.

The question remains, has the success of the Magic Mike franchise increased attendance at real life male revues?  For some answers we turned to a strong, articulate woman who might be considered a real life equivalent of Rome, LaBare Marketing and Promotions Coordinator Jessica Jones.

Scandalous: I know that LaBare is an established brand, with locations everywhere from Dallas to Miami.  How many clubs do you currently host, and how would you describe the LaBare show and experience to a first time guest?

Jessica Jones: I work for the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale location. My role inside the club is handling all the marketing and promotional aspects: road shows, website and mobile app maintenance, photography of the entertainers, social media advertising, & E-blasts. I’ve been working for the business for 6 ½ years and love every moment of my job.

It’s very similar to the original Magic Mike movie. We have a show that runs Wednesdays-Sundays. It’s a continuous running show from open to close. There is tons of energy and excitement, as well as a lot of fun. We cater to Bachelorette parties, Birthday parties, Divorce parties, and Girl Night Outings! The guys are very talented as well as extremely gorgeous. The guys use a lot of thought and creativity when it comes to their performances. Unlike a female entertainment club, where the girl just goes out on the stage and dances, we actually perform and put on a show that sends the girls into frenzy!

The guys make sure they get appropriate costumes, props, and they meet weekly for rehearsals to go over choreographed routines. They always want to make sure their acts are top notch.

Scandalous: When and how did LaBare get started?

Jessica Jones: LaBare originally started in 1978 in Dallas, Texas. For the first two years it was opened girls couldn’t even get inside because of how popular it became. Every night, they were just inundated with women. After that location was opened, the owner from Dallas made a connection to someone here in Florida that was interested in pursuing the business. Soon after, a location was opened in North Miami Beach, FL in 2000. Shortly following the success of the first location, he opened a second location in Ft. Lauderdale. In 2009, he moved to a different location in Miami, and now both locations are still standing strong.

Scandalous: I’ve always felt that the male stripper/girls’ night out experience is liberating and enjoyable for modern women.  What do you think that audience members take away from the LaBare show and experience?

Jessica Jones: Not only is it a fun-filled night with the ladies, but it’s also a way to possibly acknowledge some hidden fantasies; they will see how hard the guys work at building their performance, which is the focus on providing good entertainment.

Scandalous: Has the success of the “Magic Mike” films brought new guests into the clubs?  Is it true that certain scenes in these movies were filmed at LaBare clubs?  And isn’t there also a LaBare documentary?

Jessica Jones: Magic Mike released in theaters July 1, 2015, and we have had a lot of new guests. The first week it was out, we were very busy in both locations. We have been requested at many radio shows, road shows, and podcasts to discuss the art of stripping and LaBare. We were invited by Warner Bros to the premiere of the movie in South Beach, which the entire cast of the movie visited, which was a very exciting for all of us. The movie was not taped inside our venue, but there are guys that work in the Dallas location that made a small cameo during one of the scenes.

Last year, actor Joe Manganiello produced a documentary about LaBare. He taped this inside the Dallas location. It was made to give an insider’s look at the history, lives, and culture of the male entertainment industry. It was very realistic and well produced. I believe you can get it On Demand, Showtime, and possibly through ITunes or Google Play Store. With Magic Mike XXL releasing, it might make its way back into Netflix once this movie goes into On Demand.

Scandalous: What are the future plans for LaBare, in terms of tours, new locations, merchandise, movies, etc.?

Jessica Jones: We are working on putting together a LaBare tour in the future. We have many fans that don’t reside in areas where LaBares are located so we are in talks about forming a possible Road Show group. We have recently taped a few reality shows, one being called Boss Nails on the Oxygen network, and one called WAGS on E! Network Television. We have been approached for films and a reality show and you never know what can happen in the future and with the success of the Magic Mike XXL movie, much more is soon to come.


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Megan Hussey is a feminist erotica author known for writing paranormal-based fantasy romances, with more than 30 titles in print, audio and e-book forms through Class Act Books, Melange Books, Metaphysical Erotica publishing, Phaze books and Xcite Books UK, and for her work behind the scenes in the women’s erotica industry, having written for companies such as Playgirl, Chick Media, Eden Fantasys, Good Vibrations and Trejix Toys. Many of her stories revolve around fantasy characters such as mermen, and strong, real woman heroines.