The Beaver Show is a collection of raunchy, funny, and honest cartoons by Jacqueline Frances. It’s a memoir of sorts that focuses on one of the most sexualized workplaces a woman can have—the strip club. As “Jacq” says, her job is to dance, naked, “for large (and occasionally insultingly modest) sums of money.” As a result, many of her work relationships are measured in minutes, and her closest confidantes are the other women doing the stripping.
In addition to entertaining and amusing, the book is a kind of all-purpose introduction and “how-to” for the stripping life, it supplies an education for women who might want to become strippers, and it powerfully serves to correct the behavior of the male clients that pay Jacq’s rent. Here are some of the useful things you’ll learn about what it’s like to be a stripper if you read The Beaver Show:
When you interact with strippers, they’re working. That means their main concern is getting paid. So pay them.
You might be looking for some kind of personal connection at the strip club, but they probably aren’t.
A “hot” client is probably a bit of a jerk and probably smells awful. If you want to impress a stripper, take a shower.
You’re probably not the first to wonder how they ended up doing this, so don’t ask.
Believe it or not, strippers are people, and they dislike it when you objectify them.
The Beaver Show appears to be a self-published project; I have nothing but admiration for “Jacq the Stripper” (as she signs her strips) for her determination in bypassing the regular publishing gatekeepers and getting her cartoons out there, come what may.
This is a raw and honest depiction of an arena that is in many ways governed by lust and power and sometimes greed. It’s a decidedly female perspective, and it can’t be surprising that the male animal doesn’t come off looking very good.
You can buy the book on Amazon or at select bookstores in Montreal, New York, and Baltimore. The price of the book is $19.99, a.k.a. “the price of a lapdance,” as she puts it.
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
For the artisanal stripper: Etsy’s most ill-advised handmade pasties
Will pole dancing robots put human strippers out of work?