I'm traveling solo; my only companions are a dead cell phone and a canteen of drinking water on the verge of boiling. I'm headed to the Miss Exotic World competition, which for some reason is being held on a goat farm in hell—Helendale, California, to be precise, which is halfway between L. Lakes of sand flood up to wherever the proper road slacks off. The Starbucks napkin I'm clutching—which is smeared with latte stains and my directions—says to plough on, straight through the desert, which I tried unsuccessfully to do in my sassy red Hyundai rental. Now I'm sunk.
Flash that flesh and twirl those tassels
Adventures in Tassel Twirling - Features - The Stranger
Some burlesque performers prefer to simply show off their pasties and oh, are they fabulous pasties. Personally, we recommend trying anything at least once. They begin with how to apply your nipple tassels before moving onto swinging them and then twirling in every different direction. Get your very own Nipple tassels in our boutique.
'Being a gran won't ever stop me stripping' - Meet the 53-year-old burlesque dancer
Compared to the bored gyrations of lap dancers or the jaw-dropping tricks of live sex shows, the nightclub stripper can seem an old-fashioned, even quaint figure. At once raunchy and innocent, striptease works on the principle that the promise of nudity is always likely to be more alluring than the reality, and that what the audience most enjoys is the thrill of seduction without any of the attendant risks. The one kind of sex that never risks being disappointing is sex in the head.
Pasties singular pasty or pastie are patches that cover a woman's nipples and areolae , typically affixed with adhesive. Though pasties are commonly associated with strippers , burlesque shows and erotic entertainment, they are also, at times, worn as an undergarment , beachwear , or as a form of protest during women's rights events such as Go Topless Day that may avoid potential prosecution under indecency laws. Pasties come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes,  typically not much larger than the areola. Pasties are usually applied with a special tape or glue fixative, often gum arabic. However, in some situations keeping pasties from falling off can be an issue, as can be their removal.