You can tell a lot about a man by how he acts in a strip club. Does he treat it like a consequence-free environment, or does he act like the same person he is outside? So many of my coworkers at the club make no personal use of all their professional experiences observing and interacting with different types of men. In fact, I know they're ignoring this inside knowledge, because I hear at least one screaming fight on a cell phone a night in the dressing room. Some of us are thinking, "Girl, when he made you pay for two dates in a row, you should've known," or "That man is a serial stripper dater—what were you thinking?" Bad boyfriends reveal themselves pretty readily whether they're on dates or in the club, and I'm here to connect the dots, so you don't have to waste your time. Obviously, not all men frequent strip clubs, but all types of men do. After the jump, five archetypal bad boyfriends and their warning signs, in the club and out. The Frisky: Why Do I Always Try To Change Men?
The Control Freak: One of my married-with-kids coworkers was talking about her latest Skype conversation with her enlisted husband. She was getting ready for work, putting on her makeup and video-chatting, when he asked, "Why isn't your hair straight? Why is it curly?" "Well, I'm tired of straightening it every time I go in," she told him. "I just thought I'd wear it curly for once." He angrily informed her that "'Macy' (her stage name) has straight hair. MY WIFE has curly hair." Needless to say, by the time she got to work, her hair was straight. As customers, these guys say things like, "If you were my woman, I'd never let you do this." I don't want to know what else he doesn't think he would "let his woman" do. It's a short step to crazy jealousy when he insists he's just really loving you when he doesn't want you to go out for girls' nights or keep exes as Facebook friends. It's all part of an eventual plan to control and isolate "his woman" from the world. The Frisky: 10 Tips For Ending A Bad Relationship
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The Creep: I worked with the sweetest girl—whose husband would show people a camera phone photo of her in mid-facial. Yikes. It's nice to date someone who's cool with you taking your clothes off for a living, but someone who gets off on it can present a problem. He's the customer who says, "I bet you get so turned on at work. Your man is so lucky, I bet you come home and want to do it all night." Actually, I just want to get into my Snuggie and turn on the DVR, hot stuff. When dating, initial excitement with the variety and novelty of his requests turns into the fear that an unworkable sex life is around the corner. Be cautious, lest the contents of his hard drive someday be in violation of the law or end up on the internet. The Frisky: Strip Club Etiquette From A Stripper
The Deadbeat: The number one stripper boyfriend stereotype is the guy who's living off of his girlfriend's lapdance money. Still, supporting a deadbeat boyfriend is not strictly the domain of sex workers. An informal dressing room survey did show 100 percent of us have been in this situation, though. I've seen it happen to civilian friends, too. In the club, this is the guy who thinks it's cool to hang out and watch for free and doesn't tip the bartender or waitress. He's probably only there because a friend paid his cover and bought his drinks. As it's well documented that we dancers judge men based on their tipping behavior, I'm surprised that these guys still get laid. Charm is still worth something, I guess, but there are plenty of charming men who will pick up the check or find something within his budget if he's, you know, legitimately broke because he works for the ACLU or is a student. Expecting you to pay for everything is a good predictor of other selfish behaviors. The Frisky: MERRIme, A New Web Comedy About Online Dating