Sex + Dating

Why Your Next Date Needs to Be at a Strip Club

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I used to think strip clubs were strictly for guys and the nude women cajoling them out of their money -- an opinion derived mostly from watching a ton of MTV back in the day and also, well, let's be honest, they are meant to cater to guys.

But then, years later, I actually went to a strip club myself and found a totally different perspective. Now, I think every couple ought to visit strip clubs together. Here's why.

Strip clubs are excellent inhibition killers

My first trip to a strip club was for my cousin's birthday. When she told me the party was being held at Sue's, I naturally assumed it was just another club in the Bronx; but when I entered -- just in time for the club's infamous "shower show" -- I realized that wasn't the case.

My initial reaction was one of shock; but I quickly loosened up and even ended up chatting with several of the strippers. Oh, and I bought myself a lap dance. By the end of the night, I was making it rain with loose dollar bills while singing along to Drake.

They make for reliably memorable date nights

Another time, I went to a strip club with my boyfriend for his buddy's birthday party. It turned out to be a fun night with fun people, hot girls giving us twin lap dances, and learning a ton of new tricks to be tried in the bedroom afterward. By the end of the night, we were laughing from an exciting night and horny from the sexy ambience.

The food can be fantastic. No, really!

No, really, the food can make you (momentarily) forget there are nude people everywhere! Whether it’s Sin City in the Bronx or Magic City in Atlanta, there are strip clubs out there serving chef-worthy sustenance. People should be tipping the chefs, too -- I had some of the best damn shrimp scampi I've ever tasted at a strip club.

It's a sexy atmosphere

The strip club just has a way of bringing out your inner goddess. Maybe it's the lights, maybe it's the alcohol, or maybe it’s the fact that you see a dancer twerking like you never thought possible. Strip clubs may have a bad reputation for glamorizing and catering to the more base desires of men, but they're also frequented by women -- and a lot of these clubs are very high-end. There's a certain ambience that could inspire you to bring out your inner sex kitten.

It tests your confidence in your relationship

A lot of women may feel intimidated and uncomfortable with the numerous amounts of bare breasts parading in front of your man. But keep in mind that the dancers are there for a job and not to hook up with your significant other. Just because a dancer approaches him doesn't mean he's thinking about leaving you or fantasizing about her. Let the jealousy stay at home and enjoy the moment.

You may be inspired

One time, I saw an exotic dancer at a club doing a trick involving a small light and her ass. Strip-club performers do all kinds of tricks that are tons of fun to watch… and try. While you may be looking at them on the pole thinking how you could never do that, it can also inspire you.

Maybe that pole-dancing fitness class isn't such a bad idea, after all.

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When Dana and her boyfriend are not getting lap dances, she's traveling and writing about her journey along the way. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.