Certain male and female strippers also perform for LGBT audiences as well as for both sexes in pansexual contexts.
Before the 1970s, dancers of both sexes appeared largely in underground clubs or as part of a theatre experience, but the practice eventually became common enough on its own.
A stripper whose upper body is exposed but the genital areas remain obscured during a performance is said to be topless.
Touching of strippers is not permitted in many localities.
Until the 1970s, strippers in Western cultures were almost invariably female, performing to male audiences.
Since then, male strippers have also become common.
Modern Americanized forms of stripping minimize interaction by strippers with customers, reducing the importance of tease in the performance in favor of speed to undress (strip).
Not every stripper will end a performance completely nude, though full nudity is common where not prohibited by law.Dancers learn a set of rules, such as: never leave money unattended; never leave the club with a customer; and never refuse a table dance.As long as she can "sell" herself, she is capable of becoming an exotic dancer. By the 1980s, the pole dancing and highly-explicit imagery associated with today's performers was widely accepted and frequently portrayed in film, television, and theater.This precarious employment is accepted because of the stigma associated with exotic dancing.Dancers use props such as make-up, clothing, costumes, and appealing fragrances to complete their character and maintain their "front." Strippers, when working, are most likely to be found at strip clubs.Porn stars will often become feature dancers to earn extra income and build their fan base.