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LOVERGIRL

How to dabble in sex work without losing your soul

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Oct 25, 2013: It’s interesting to compare this one with "Servicing the Pole", an old WFG favourite which is unfortunately no longer online. Both were written from the point of view of middle class girls who rebelled and became strippers, but StP was a grim, gritty tale of a life immersed in sex, drugs, and rock&roll to the extent that none of them were fun anymore . . . Lovergirl is a cooler look, a memoir like account (the type of details included gave me the impression that a lot of this is straight from personal experience) by a girl who satisfied her curiosity and a yen for exercising her sexual power, while keeping a safe emotional distance, a day job, and, tellingly, staying off drugs and alcohol.

If she’s as cute as the author photo, it’s hard to believe "Adrian" (a boy’s name, but whatever) was ever quite the wallflower she describes her younger self as. She seems to spring forth with the right clothes and makeup techniques for the sex worker life ready at her disposal, which made me feel like something was missing . . . where was the anxious trip to the exotic clothing store, the embarrassed glances around to see if anyone she knew saw her trying the sheer stripper dress on? I thought the first chapter, Adrian’s manifesto for exploring her "bad girl" side, was the weakest just because it was too repetitive. It could have said the same thing in half the words. But the narrative, starting in the second chapter, is quite fascinating. Many people dream of reinventing themselves in some radical way. Very few actually do it. However you feel about what she decides to involve herself in, you can’t help but be breathless at her nerve.

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