Is It More Degrading To Work In IT Or As An Exotic Dancer?

Stripping down to your unmentionables, or stripping down ethernet cables -- which is worse? According to someone who has done both, they're equally crappy.

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People who take their clothes off for money aren't often accorded a great deal of respect, but the same may be true for those who work in IT. Forbes has an interesting article on the San Francisco area Gold Club, a strip joint that's apparently the favourite of local IT firms for meetings.

Where it's a little more challenging is the fact that one of the featured dancers, according to the article, is an ex-IT worker, having traded in the Cloud for customers making it rain dollar bills. A dancer only identified as "Tiffany" stated that

I was able to regularly get a higher number of dances and I would attribute that not to my dancing skills but my ability to talk technology. I threw guys for a loop because I knew the difference between multi-tenant SAAS and cloud computing.

Tiffany noted that stripping wasn't an automatic path to riches, but that she switched career paths because it looked fun and less stressful than her day job. Ultimately, however, her experience appears to have been mixed.

"A lot of the girls that work in strip clubs work a lot harder than the people in tech. They’re both special and degrading in their own ways."

If you're keen on a somewhat unconventional career switch, check out our dancing tips for amateur strippers here.

Tech's Hottest Lunch Spot? A Strip Club [Forbes]


Comments

    Forbes has an interesting article on the San Francisco area Gold Club, a strip joint that’s apparently the favourite of local IT firms for meetings.

    Regardless of whether you like or hate strip clubs, this statement is just mind-boggling. Where's the professionalism? You do not go to a strip club for a fucking business meeting.

      Plenty do, pretty well frowned upon in Australia though.

        It should be frowned on everywhere. It's at the same level or worse than watching porn at work in front of everyone.

          Americans take their families to hooters for dinner, they're pretty lol.

          In many European cultures it's considered pretty normal, but then again Europeans in general are not as shy about sex and nudity as we westerners are. In fact in some cultures you are paying them a big insult by refusing to go.

            That's never been my experience with Europe. What countries are you talking about?

            It's not about being shy about sex or nudity, it's about appropriateness. Neither are appropriate in a work environment.

            Last edited 16/07/15 7:42 am

              Spot on Zombie Jesus. I don't really understand how having naked women parading around for the pleasure of paying customers has anything to do with not being shy about sex or nudity. There is a substantial difference between naturalism and liberal views on sex and sexuality, and the exploitation of sex for business purposes.

    This isn't a story about which career is better, this is a story about how being skilled in multiple disciplines can open new doors for you.

    I was able to regularly get a higher number of dances and I would attribute that not to my dancing skills but my ability to talk technology

    It says it right there: exotic dancing worked out so well for her because she worked in IT previously.

    Depends on what you consider as business meeting, I know some that go beyond..

    WTF have I just read ?
    Like @zombiejesus, I'm bemused by companies having meetings at a strip joint - not because I'm a prude or from a moralistic stance, but just really ? How unprofessional.
    Friday nights, fine, let's go nuts, drinks are on me....but Tuesday morning ?
    I'd want my team to be paying attention on the tasks at hand, not on tassles doing circles.

    Tiffany's statement elicits further confusion - so, once she starts talking about Data Redundancy in a High Risk Environment, the guys are all like "Yeaaahh, shake it baby !" ??
    "Wanna see my white paper ?"

    I think this has filled my weird quota for the day.

    Let's go to the strippers for a meeting to discus why there aren't any women in IT.

    this article makes not sense...
    I've been working in many professional IT environments for about 10 years now and just cant see the link between what i do and stripping...
    I'd see retail work as more of a relation as in retail you have to strut your stuff to make a buck

    not really something that happens in the Perth IT area but I remember getting wrecked at the local RSL with some brokers in Sydney after I had hooked them up to our network and them suggesting that we go and visit the downstairs brothel (was a standing joke that their Christmas party went off like crazy).

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