Girls just wanna have fun. And to better serve the enthusiastic women of all ages who attended the Exxxotica Expo, a troupe of male dancers was imported from Chicago to entertain them. Tanner Sharpe is one of the dancers from Men-The Show, who was among the troupe enlisted to get the ladies riled up and ready. I first took notice of Tanner because he is a maze of tattoos from the waist up, and you know about me and tattoos. Naturally I had to photograph him. But then I had an opportunity for actual conversation, and after speaking with him I knew I wanted to interview Tanner. Some might say that strip clubs objectify and degrade women. Maybe these people have never seen what happens to women in the presence of male dancers/strippers -- loud and rambunctious, they rushed the stage and eagerly wanted a turn to sit in the “hot seat” to receive a lap dance. Are they now objectifying men? But of course they are! Established in 1979, Chippendales was the first all-male stripping troupe to perform for mostly female audiences. Through the quality of staging and choreography, Chippendales helped legitimize stripping as a form of popular entertainment. So who are these charismatic men who flaunt their sexuality and literally dance their pants off for women? I feel there is an Elvis Presley quality to them on stage – charming, sexy, energetic, and loved by women. Fantasy fullfillers of the highest magnitude. Tanner Sharpe is all that for sure. He looks like a model, he’s articulate, and he’s a recent law school graduate who is taking some time off but still needs a job. And he can dance too. This is the 3rd and final show on my experiences at Exxxotica this past October. After the interview, please check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more information.
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