I wanted to share this story with those of you who haven’t seen it yet on Vox Magazine’s website. I had the pleasure of getting to know a local writer and teacher at Stephens College in Columbia, Jacklyn Marceau.
I sat in on her lecture about the Harlem Renaissance, envious of how engaged her students were. Although she prepared a formal power point presentation, her students participated much more than the lectures I’m familiar with at Mizzou, starting the class off with current events and a discussion about blackface during Halloween.
What most of her students don’t know is that Jackee also dances at Club Vogue on the weekends. She started stripping to make extra money after her first daughter was born, and now the job allows her to have a more flexible schedule and time with her family.
Although I found her to be exceptionally interesting, she didn’t completely understand what was so fascinating about her life. The costumes, the customers, the nudity — it’s all normal to her, but what I saw was the opportunity to let people in on a not-so-secret, but often over-looked detail … strippers are more than just that. They have lives outside of the night club, even though our society often gets hung up on that one title.
So, here’s the story that you won’t hear from the mainstream media. Introducing, Jacklyn Marcaeu.