The big news last week was that strip joints in Austin Texas held a Job Fair--"Jobless to Topless." To believe the hype, former executives at IBM who have been "stripped of their 9 to 5 jobs" are now applying for work in the adult entertainment industry.
As tantalizing as that sounds,there's just one problem with this whole concept. It doesn't appear to be true. And, it is the spokesperson for the adult entertainment industry in Texas who actually provides that insight.
This is the interview that a local television station conducted about the job fair.
In the beginning of the interview the representative from the strip club talks about applications doubling this past year but then he says that they don't have more customers and that the customers they do have are spending less money.
So why a job fair if you already have twice as many applicants than in previous years and business is technically down? Could it be that its just a publicity hoax? That you know if you host a Jobless to Topless Job Fair the news media will be falling all over themselves to do live reports because after all this is such a breaking news story.
The fact is the news media wants to believe that women desperate to pay their bills will toss away their morals and work topless because the money is so good. It's not just in Texas, mainstream media has been telling this story all year. While you may be able to find a handful of former Fortune 500 employees now applying for pole positions, to act as if this is a trend is simply irresponsible.
You can read more at my post on BlogHer, Eight Women Working In a Topless Coffee Shop Does Not Mean Topless Jobs Are Trending Forward