Ryann Reflections

A glimpse into the life of one anti-social stripper nerd.

Monday, March 05, 2007

ED4C4 Thank you

I’m exhausted!
I’m also famous. Urgh. Well if anyone didn’t know I’m a Peeler- they do now. CTV carried the story on both the 6:00 and 11:00 news. Global picked it up at 11:00.

The day itself feels like a very long, very exhausting dream. It’s been overwhelming and exciting, and wonderful, and challenging all at the same time. I’m very proud to be able to call myself a member of The Naked Truth and the exotic dance industry. What an incredible community!!!

I want to personally thank everyone that came out us last night. The support has been tremendous. A HUGE THANK YOU to all the women that donated shows last night. We had 20 different girls get up on that stage out of the goodness of their hearts. Ashley came all the way from Toronto, and Alena joined us from Edmonton. I also want to send out a special thank you to Lady Sable for making the trip down.

There are other donations still to come in, but last night we raised $7705

I’m exhausted, but I’ll be back at the bar in an hour… It’s Monday and I have a full week of work ahead of me at The Drake.

Thank you everyone. Every dancer I know has experienced the stigma associated with this job at some point in their career. The judgment and negativity can follow you for years… When the Breast Cancer Society turned us down I was hurt. I wasn’t angry, or bitter. I was hurt to be reminded of how harsh some people view us, view me, simply because I get naked.

Even now, being inundated with positive energy and love, I’m still waiting for the backlash. I’m still waiting for the hate mail and the condemnation. That’s how deep the stigma runs.

Thank you to Rethink for accepting our money, and openly supporting our compassion and desire to make a difference. We’ve all been touched by cancer and if I think about it too much tears well in my eyes. Cancer has broken so many hearts in my life, and broken my own too often. Thank you to the media for covering this event in such a positive and respectful manner. Thank you for validating our humanity to the masses who may not have thought too much about strippers before.

“Our beauty lies deeper than what we expose to the masses on stages all over the world. We are strong, independent, powerful women who deserve to be heard, not just seen.” Trina Ricketts.

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  • At 5:19 PM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said…

    It is so awesome what you guys did. You have every right to be proud of yourself. Fuck the rest of it.

  • At 10:10 PM, Anonymous rori said…

    I am so proud for you and the gals.
    As much as I am sad for not being able to be there in person.

  • At 4:39 PM, Blogger Anna said…

    I was wondering if that was you that was profiled on CTV...we did catch it on the 11 o'clock news. Congrats on a job well done - wished we could have been there!

  • At 11:54 AM, Blogger Kristy said…

    Damn, I had a post done but I lost it.
    Anyways, the event was awesome and so were you, on TV and on stage.
    I can't believe it's over though. It makes me a little sad because the excitement that was building towards the event is gone now, but the bright side is that it took the stress with it.
    There's always next year to get excited for.

  • At 11:30 PM, Blogger Ginger said…

    Nice work.

  • At 9:55 PM, Blogger rita! said…

    you're a downright goddamn inspiration dahling

  • At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Gölök said…

    I am here because of the occupation, who I am. A family member made it so, my father got his eye surgery because it was done, I have been in opposition to the Stigma, but is it worth trading for the realistic stigma of the Cause Celeb? The Fashion Charity? What is known, and apply this if you want to yourself(lves) but I am not, but Politically Whorish.

    The stigma in the case exists because of lap dances and VIP girls. Dry hump prostitution the "Sex Worker" label that claims a congruent stature with the sale of sex rather the real sensual humanity and sporting acrobatics of dancing vs the sale of sex for public view (porn) or the John preditor.

    Don't give me personal attack spuel, "hate" label; after did you not call me a strip club addict not even know the regement I have? My once a month back then, for a Super Ego issue as I joke.
    Granted the victims of places like Hanna Alberta had a stigma, a greater one than before this. Those poor souls. When I look back to those days I think of how different and mildly worse it was. Although the press in Vancouver prefer to cover this topic in a negative vane. Since I started defending Strippers in my letters to the editor Mags like the West Ender went from once in a while to none-at-all. The Straight never did, likely do to my anti-cult stance.
    I think my campaign coverage suffered over my positive view of this. I think it's what some hated about Ralf Klien out here, King Eddie Conservatives or a Western Libertarian are at odds.


    Gölök Zoltán Buday
    "The first destroyer of the liberties of a people is he who first gave them bounties and largess." -- Plutarch (c.45-125 A.D.) Priest of the Delphic Oracle


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