With all this buzz about strippers in mainstream news thanks to Hustlers it’s no surprise 9-5ers are generating most of the noise. While our ‘How To’ articles are usually focused on education, I wanted to write something more on the humorous side of the industry. You don’t have to like the movie, you don’t have to support it but what you do need to do is realize this industry is about to get over saturated as fuck. Being creative with your advertising is going to be vital for staying afloat as the pond expands into an ocean.
JLo makes it look attainable to the girls watching, not noticing her stage entrance is cringe at best to those of us who DO this. If she can learn these tricks in a months time, so can I right? Searching the hashtag #Hustlers on Twitter pulls up more “I’m gonna learn to be a stripper now!” tweets than anticipated. Naturally one can understand why many sex workers are furious about this and boycotting. Why does this hashtag get to exist unscathed and yet my instagram is constantly under attack for having pole dancing videos?
The bullshit fact of this is once something is glorified for the silver screen it suddenly becomes “okay” but only when attached to that specific situation. Being an actual hustler and using social media for the purpose of added hustle is not permissible. However if we can outsmart this anti sex worker attitude and use it to our benefit we regain our ability to be seen. The hashtags #stripper #yesastripper #poledancing all get you flagged and usually results in deletion. Using the hashtag #Hustlers when posting is now acceptable because of the movie, so utilize it!
Racks to Riches said it best on a video posted to her Twitter, the best thing to do is to get creative and be seen! “Look if Hustlers is going to do all this lovely promotion and marketing/advertising .. all of these blocks and barriers that have been set in our way.. why aren’t we capitalizing off of this?” Take advantage of this moment in time as a sex worker to have the visibility we had before algorithms and SESTA/FOSTA! Your potential sales market just opened up to anyone who is clicking on that trending hashtag! Get that money! If they’re going to benefit off our hard work, let’s benefit off their promotions!