Sounds like hard earned $$$ to me.
The “normal” women you speak of remind me of the character in the film The Wrestler...it was an odd little movie, but the acting was good.
It all boils down to what individuals want to do with THEIR life. I think a woman is making a mistake going down that road, but not my decision.
Well, working in a strip club is not a glamorous life, that’s for sure, even working behind the bar.
The two “normal” women I spoke of didn’t do it for long....a temporary cash-crunch solution. The one without kids was between jobs. Interesting person, and the reason she made as much as she did was because she was trained in ballet. Even though when I first met her, we started off on the wrong foot, but we got to be good friends after awhile. The other one was nice too, and was never a problem. Because she was a genuinely nice human being, of course, all the other gals hated her guts.
Both of subsequently moved on to well-paying, normal jobs; both finished their university education (practical degrees, too: engineering with one and a law degree for the other - she passed the Oregon State Bar) and I still keep in touch with both of them. The others I wouldn’t give a plugged nickel for.