Are you turned on by a good striptease? Do you love the seductive style of a sensuous exotic dancer? Do you get a voyeuristic thrill from the bawdy bounce of burlesque? Do you crave the devastating tease and denialof the skilled ecdysiast? Or do you go for the “amateur,” the sexy girl on the dance floor who lets the music flow through her body like a shimmering stream of pure rhythm?
Do you like to watch your lover dance for you just before you make love? Or do you prefer to gaze upon a stranger, a hot, untouchable, superstar stripper high up above you on the strip club stage? Do supple pole dancers drive you crazy? Are you a helpless fan of the femme fatale? A sucker for a supple lapdance?
Have you ever watched a sexy dancer—on the stage, at a club or in your dreams—wishing you could get to know her better? Do you fantasize about getting her alone and having her deliver on what her dance seems to promise you? Do you imagine her dancing all over you, stripping off your clothes along with hers, then rhythmically riding you into a series of orgasms that has both of you screaming with deep wild pleasure and harmonious erotic energy?
Or do you worry that you (or a loved one) might be “addicted” to strippers? Are you hanging out in strip clubs whenever you can, cheating on your partner or missing work, sticking all your hard-earned cash in those irresistible little G-strings or just giving the stripper of your dreams money shower after shower, until your wallet is empty and dry?
Or perhaps you prefer doing the striptease to watching it. Are you a secret exhibitionist who longs to strip upon a stage, to reveal what you so often conceal? Would you like to be an exotic dancer—professionally or just for fun? Do you need advice about the “business” or encouragement to strip for personal, private pleasure? Are you having trouble handling your desires for exhibitionism? Are you a stripper that wants to transition into a different kind of life?
Do you need to talk about it?
You can talk to us. Call the Dr. Susan Block Institute now or anytime, 24/7, for Striptease Therapy. What exactly is “Striptease Therapy”? It can take a variety of forms, depending on you and your needs. Whether you need help disciplining your out-of-control stripper fetish, getting up the courage to do a seductive striptease for your husband (or wife), or roleplaying an exotic dancer domination fantasy, give us a call at 213.291.9497.
Dancing is the world’s oldest art form. People have been dancing since shortly after they started walking, and some of the first dances they did were erotic dances, also known as “fertility dances.” Essentially, these were dances to make the crops grow along with the men’s erections, dances to make the rain fall as the women got wet. Some say that any kind of dance is erotic. George Bernard Shaw famously called dancing “a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.”
Stripping is also very old. Probably as soon as people started wearing clothes, some people started taking their clothes off in a sexy, seductive way. Keep in mind that for many thousands of years, we humans were as naked as all the other animals in the forest. As we started to wear clothing, human nudity became taboo. Unclothing—or stripping—became theteasing “gateway” between the acceptable, civilized, clothed world and the realm of forbidden, primal nudity.
Thus stripping is one of the most basic, powerful aphrodisiacs there is. The gradual, sensuous removal of articles of clothing reveals the natural mysteries of the human body in a viscerally exciting way that takes us from our cultured world of clothing to a naked realm of primeval pleasures and our deep evolutionary origins. A well-known University of Chicago Sex Survey found that the second most common turn-on, next to regular sexual intercourse, is watching someone sexy taking off their clothes.
Slowly…as one of the greatest American strippers, Gypsy Rose Lee said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly” (though, if you’re in a hurry, a quick strip can also hit the spot!)….
Speaking of Gypsy, in response to her request for a “more dignified” way to refer to her profession than “stripper,” H. L. Mencken is credited with coining the word “ecdysiast” – from “ecdysis”, meaning “to molt.”
Striptease in mythology goes at least as far back as the ancient Sumerian story of the descent of the goddess Inanna into the Underworld where, at each of the seven gates, she removes an article of clothing until her naked arrival in hell. Inanna’s cosmic striptease is carried on in the Dance of the Seven Veils of Salome, who danced for King Herod in the New Testament (Matthew 14:6 and Mark 6:21-22). Though the Bible records Salome’s dance, the first mention of her actually removing seven veils occurs in Oscar Wilde‘s play Salome in 1893 and Richard Strauss‘s operatic version in 1905, which some claim as the origin of modern striptease.
In the Gay Nineties, striptease and burlesque flourished in Paris at the Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère, and in 1905, the notorious and tragic Dutch dancer, Mata Hari, later shot as a spy by the French authorities during World War I, was an overnight striptease success at the Musée Guimet. In the 1920s, an American in Paris, Josephine Baker, stripped to nothing but a “skirt” of bananas in her sensational danse sauvage.
The 1960s saw a revival of striptease in the form of topless go-go dancing. This eventually merged with the older tradition of burlesque to create modern stripping. Carol Doda of the Condor Night Club in San Francisco is given the credit of being the first topless—then bottomless—go-go dancer. In the past, the performance often finished as soon as the undressing was over, but today’s strippers usually continue dancing, pole-dancing and lapdancing in the nude.
Meanwhile, burlesque or “neo-burlesque” has branched off from stripping into a separate, somewhat more “dignified” and more humor-infused dance form, maintaining the old striptease traditions with new twists. Then there are the modern temple dancers who perform “striptease therapy” in the sacred traditions of Aphrodite and Apsara. So many ways to strip and tease!
One of the most famous striptease artists of modern times, Dita Von Teese, has appeared twice on The Dr. Susan Block Show, including once when Dr. Block interviewed Bettie Page, the late legendary American striptease, pin-up and fetish model, in 1996.
Dr. Block also wrote the definition of STRIPTEASE for the new Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality.
But back to you…and your stripper fetish…
Do you need to talk with someone who’s been on both sides of the lapdance? For serious sex therapy or a pleasureable phone experience or help with your—or your loved one’s—stripper habit, give us a call right now or anytime you need to talk. Call 213.291.9497. We’re here for you.