Ivy League Stripper During her years as a stripper, Heidi Mattson mingled with the likes of loan sharks and their henchmen, saw a colleague's new breast implant slip… Ivy League Stripper During her years as a stripper, Heidi Mattson mingled with the likes of loan sharks and their henchmen, saw a colleague's new breast implant slip… Memoir Nonfiction Arcade
Book Review

Ivy League Stripper (1995)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Writer: Heidi Mattson; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Arcade

During her years as a stripper, Heidi Mattson mingled with the likes of loan sharks and their henchmen, saw a colleague's new breast implant slip out during a floor show, and worked alongside a kindergarten teacher, a junkie, and an independently wealthy suburbanite. But most intriguingly, this flat-chested, working-class refugee from rural Maine put herself through Brown University by taking it off. What begins as a job for Mattson becomes a lucrative career, and she writes entertainingly about her adventures in Ivy League Stripper. Anti-intellectual to the core, Mattson gets in over her head when she tries to philosophize about gender and society, defensively invoking Camille Paglia's reverse sexist fantasy that women's eros makes them ''the dominant sex.'' She's more convincing as a feminist Horatio Alger who boasts, ''I packaged my biology and turned a profit.'' B+

Originally posted May 19, 1995 Published in issue #275 May 19, 1995 Order article reprints
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