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Sex Still Sells

March 2nd, 2016
MARTI MATULIS

MARTI MATULIS

Just when I am healthy enough to start scrolling through social media I’m immediately turned off. This has got to be the craziest presidential race yet. Like it or not it’s political season. Are you registered to vote? It’s ok if you are not, it’s not too late! Just mail in this form and do not think that there’s nothing you can do. You can do it.

Sometimes you do have to pick your battles. I gave up a long time ago being frustrated about the whole “sex sells” thing. It’s just the way it is. Photos of skin get triple the likes and attention than photos of nature and bottle service girls will always be dressed to sell. That’s (night)life. The beauty and wonder that is the female form will always turn heads. That’s life.

DANIEL SCHERL

DANIEL SCHERL

I had a great chance to discuss this with someone who gets paid to travel and strip tease. Erin Lamont runs The Lalas, an international burlesque troupe that is coming to Hawaii to perform at The Republik on March 26th.

Could it just be that I’m a bit of a square? This troupe has performed on Tosh.0, CSI:NY and the People’s Choice Awards. They’ve been to Ibiza, London, South Africa and all across the mainland USA. As a performing act they’re pros.

While I stand my ground that women using their sexuality to be successful are not doing it right, Lamont has opened my eyes to a new take on this stance.

She is basically following her bliss.

“The Lalas is all about respecting women and supporting one another. Whether it be your mother, sister, girlfriend, wife, daughter – you name it. We are here to represent women & kick some a**!” she wrote to me in an e-mail.

Lamont, a self-proclaimed workaholic, is my type of girl. This is a woman who graduated with both marketing and dance degrees. She works hard and choreographs each show, which includes comedy as an important piece.

“Yes, the girls are beautiful inside and out, but it isn’t a ‘blue steel’ all sexy show ‘I’m going to furrow my eyebrow and pout my lips for 75 minutes.’ If you aren’t laughing the whole time I have not done my job.”

MARTI MATULIS

MARTI MATULIS

The traveling show attendees are usually about 75% couples, and perfect for a date night Lamont assured me. While bachelorette parties might be more interested in the Aussie husbands coming back in to town, she confirmed this is a great night out for the girls.

It’s hard for me to appreciate female sexuality as any sort of compensation but I am no stranger to respecting hard work and entertainment. These ladies are professionals. Professional what? Professional entertainers. If sell-out crowds are laughing for an hour who am I to judge.

COURTESY ERIN LAMONTThe Lalas performing in Ibiza, Spain.

COURTESY ERIN LAMONT

The Lalas performing in Ibiza, Spain.

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