Response to “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler: Ashley Borja

Jessica Pressler’s article, “The Hustlers at Scores”, included multiple narratives extracted from interviews with insiders about the ‘hustler’ culture. The article includes and discusses the multiple cases of the robbing and drugging of men by a group of women in the early 2000s. Pressler shares cultural information throughout the article– for instance age, Pressler notes that 30 years old is considered ancient in stripper subculture. She also shares a bit of information about the drug and drinking ambient in the clubs. The article mentions the day to day routine of the dancers and practices they conduct together. The dancers work in groups and split profits– each member is in charge of a different role.

Pressler’s use of background information allows an audience to gain a better vision/understanding of the stripper subculture. She uses background information about Rosie and other informants to contextualize scenes. Rosie’s background allows the audience to see her motives and purpose for entering the subculture. Pressler also adds context about the time period the insiders are described in. She notes how in the early 2000s, the act of removing one’s clothes in front of an audience was no longer considered degrading– but was seen as sexually liberating and financially empowering. Additionally, the article mentions the decline of strip clubs ranging from mob-related arrests to the wall street crash. The decline of strip clubs is helpful in understanding the story.

Jessica Pressler used colorful descriptions to bring her informants to life allowing the reader to visualize the settings and appearances. She also makes use of visual aids to create a more solidified picture. The descriptions given are also used to envoke emotion and relatability. For instance, Rosie is a mother who claims to go back to New York for financial independence for her and her daughter. Pressler connects their actions with the story of Robin Hood– a story that most know or have heard of.

Comments ( 2 )

  1. Angel Pacheco
    I think you make a good point at the end by highlighting how the author compares Rosie's story to that of Robin Hood. The Robin Hood comparison paints Rosie's story in a way that makes it seem very empowering and paints it in a "positive" light even though the actions are questionable.
  2. Iqra Jan
    I cmpletely agree with the statement that Pressler uses background information to give a better understanding of the Stripper subculture. The stripper subculture provides cultural information on these women's behavior, beliefs, and insider language such as them working together in groups. The background information of the wall street crash also provides much insight on why these women commit the actions/crimes they do.

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