The Madame Next Door

Facebook is wonderful if, like me, you were raised in an eccentric town during a remarkable era. Simply looking at photos of old classmates can send you back in time. Manhattan Beach in the 70’s was a bastion of suspended childhood. Shoes and shaving were completely optional. If you were lucky enough to get your turn in the front seat you were just as likely to lose it to a hitch hiker. Which never made sense to me. It seemed to me that they were lucky to get the ride …

I Fought My Bully

Thanks to James Fell for a wonderful guest post. It’s nice to have an XY perspective.  Often it’s the weird kids who get bullied, and I was weirder than most. I said and did inappropriate things and was terrible at sports. I couldn’t even fit in with the smart kids because I wasn’t. I was a pariah who dressed funny. I was also a coward. All through school it was rare for me to have friends. I once tried to boost my popularity amongst my fellow fourth graders by biting …

If Stripping is Recession Proof it Makes Sense to Get the Kids Started Young

Times are tough. I know that here in America we’ve added back a lot of jobs but The Great Recession knocked the wind out of our collective sails. Apparently Canada is having trouble too because some parents are signing their daughters up for for a series of pole dancing classes. Oh, and when I say daughters I mean kids. And when I say kids I mean girls because everyone who is anyone sees a pole and doesn’t think FIREFIGHTER they think STRIPPER! There’s a trend now towards having kids specialize …

Children and Show Business?

I live in a factory town. The product here is television, don’t get me started on how all the movie productions have left Los Angeles. I grew up with kids who were working actors. As an adult I became friends with more than a few folks who had spent their childhoods auditioning and sometimes working. I watch the kids in the neighborhood go off to casting calls, and spend summers on set. I’m not enchanted by Hollywood, and I haven’t made a secret of believing that children shouldn’t be on …

If Your Five Year Old Isn’t Pole Dancing Now She’ll Never Be A Featured Dancer

Tammy Morris of Tantra Fitness is teaching five year old girls to pole dance, and group lessons are available for girls ages nine and older. I know you’re worried that your nine year old doesn’t yet know how to pole dance, but based on the names of the classes I think they’ll catch your daughter up pretty quickly. Sexy Flexy Pussycat Dolls (no trademark issues?) Promiscuous Girls Bellylicious It used to be that in order to be the proud parent of a featured dancer you had to be a raging …