It's 9. They carry them on stage and proceed to blindfold them, straddle them and place their hands over their lubed-up, freakishly-chiselled stomachs. The audience bellows like teenagers at a Bieber concert. While most strip clubs retain an air of seediness, The Dreamboys have become something of a household name. The mainstreaming of male strippers — once seen as a bit of a joke — has been helped by Magic Mike , hailed by some as a feminist film thanks to its celebration of the female gaze. As well as the stereotype that the sex industry doesn't cater to women because there's no desire for it, we've always had a fairly prudish attitude towards nudity here in the UK, in contrast to most of our European neighbours. I'm here to find out if The Dreamboys' ascent in popular culture means we're becoming more accepting of both nudity and female desire, and also what their shows can teach us about British attitudes towards sex in the 21st century. David Richards, Dreamboys owner and a former stripper himself, has an easy answer to his brand's success: marketing. He joined the group — which was first formed in — 18 years ago, along with Simon Bailey, who now acts as manager and host.
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Onstage was an overly tanned dark-and-handsome type dressed like a race car driver. He slowly unzipped his onesie while popping his knee to the throbbing techno music, which was accented by sounds of a car engine revving. It simply shows male stripping as it so often is: goofball, absurd and sometimes repulsive. That raises what is surely the most critical question of our time: Why is female-oriented male stripping so often unsexy? As far as I can tell, female patrons are typically cracking up, shielding their eyes in mock horror or cartoonishly objectifying male dancers as a performance for their friends. When I posed my question about the unsexiness of male stripping on Twitter, a couple of women blamed it on basic male anatomy. It also has to be pointed out that most male stripping routines achieve absurdity long before any g-strings hit the floor.
On stage, one of the dancers had pinned a woman in a plastic bachelorette crown against the wall and was grinding up against her as her friends threw singles at him. Skip navigation! Story from Features.