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Since writing about paying my student loan debt stripping, I have had many young women contact me either to tell me they don’t know why they don’t make money stripping or are concerned about how the economic recession is driving more women to strip to pay their student loans.
I think we can all agree our education system is in need of reform and the exponentially increasing amount of student debt currently in existence has created a trickle down effect into areas such as the housing market, personal credit and cost of living.
Every time I crack open the newspaper, there is an article about student debt and what a sizable footprint it has left on the Millennial Generation, which is resulting in the degredation of the American middle class.
In an ideal world, education in the U.S. is your god-given right and not just a privilege to those who have access to cash or costly loans. School would be “affordable,” maybe even free, and that shitty minimum wage paycheck at a coffee shop would be enough to cover all your additional living expenses.
Don’t get me wrong, this does sound ideal and I do wish this was how my undergraduate education panned out. It would’ve been wonderful if I didn’t have to “objectify my body” via stripping to get ahead in the world, but would I have really gained the insight and tools I needed to forge a career and earn an income if I were gifted a free-education-ride?
What exactly is the purpose of school? I am under the impression that the point of school is to learn a trade, enhance a skill set and/or make money once its completed?
Additionally, whether or not it is costly or free, if you went to school and remained un-hirable in the workforce after X amount of years at college– you wasted your time. I feel like a person could become well-rounded without spending tens of thousands of dollars.
You’ve handed over your time and loads of cash without any benefit in many instances. This is because school is a business and they want your money just like any other business will.
This doesn’t make it inherently bad, it just means you need to weigh out the numbers and choices before diving in head first and agreeing to the pay back.
I can’t convince anyone who has decided that stripping is bad otherwise; I’d rather this speak to someone who sees it as a viable option for themselves and realize that it is the customer who leaves the strip club negative, not the stripper. It’s how you invest the money you make that matters.
And here is where I advocate becoming a you-know-what, as long as it isn’t the light at the end of the tunnel, because you can’t become a stripper if you are doing it for the career. Your assets expire fast, and your retirement age comes way before 65. You will make it to 35 if you are lucky.
We don’t all have the capacity to become strippers due to physical or mental limitations, but it is only one of many ways to diversify a person’s income in order to make financial investments as costly as schooling feasible.
It has, without a doubt, it’s brain dead aspects (con), but it helped me hone skills such as negotiating, money management, investing, an increased sense of self and the ability to read and profile people I am working with and for (pro).
I doubt a finger-painting, social science degree left you equipped with these sorts of essentials. Fuck it – my chemistry degree didn’t touch on much of this either. Stripping is an investment in my future.