Camel Tow, not Camel Touch
Despite the raunchy sense of humor and the boobage, the sex appeal of Camel Tow is for eyes only. The girls can playfully flirt with a client, bat an eyelash or two, and even trot out their favorite move: bending over to inspect a car’s undercarriage while the client inspects her undercarriage. But there is absolutely no physical or intimate relations permitted between employee and client.
It sounds like a typical set of rules you'd find at any strip club; but Camel Tow's Damsels to the Distressed want it to be known that their jobs with Camel Tow -- and their qualifications -- have zero to do with swinging around a pole.
“We tow cars, we’re not strippers," says Ray Hester, one of the Damsels. "We’re here to work, not to shake our ass in people’s face. Yeah we look hot, and that’s part of the job, but it’s just part of the job, not the whole job.If I wanted a job where all I did was shake my ass and look hot, I would have that job. But I don’t want that, which is why I work for Camel Tow.”
Empowerment? Or degradation?
Like a lot of companies citing “hot women” as a major selling point, Camel Tow finds opposition in people who see it as degrading to women, reducing their worth to their sexuality. Others consider Camel Tow feminist -- proving that women can do a job traditionally held by males.
“Camel Tow gives women an opportunity they don’t usually have,” Dean says. “How many female tow truck drivers do you see? We’re putting them on a platform that they normally wouldn’t be on: they get to be sexy and they get to do a job that’s normally done by men. It’s like, hey, we’re sexy and we can do a man’s job, too.”
It’s a coveted job, at that. According to Hester, there is a mile-long list of women longing to join the Camel Tow roster. “Girls are constantly asking me if Camel Tow is hiring and if they can join,” Hester says. “They don’t see it as degrading -- they see it as an exciting, new and unique opportunity. There’s nothing else like it. And that’s an awesome thing to be a part of.”