'Angry Stripper' Files Lawsuit Against Newspaper That Fired Her

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For awhile, Houston Chronicle society writer Sarah Tressler was leading a double life. A mild-mannered, buttoned up writer on rich useless people's activities by day, by night she took her clothes off for money and blogged about it under the pseudonym "The Angry Stripper." She was a little like Clark Kent and Superman, except her alter ego didn't fight crime as much as it shook boobies around and got irritated by customers. And everything was beautiful and nothing hurt — until the newspaper fired her. Now, Tressler is suing.


Tressler's being represented by— wait for it — Gloria Allred, who has never met a wronged stripper whose sad story she wouldn't exploit to bolster her own public image. The suit alleges that the Chronicle discriminated against Tressler's gender by firing her after finding out about her stripping since most exotic dancers are women.

According to Tressler, before she was fired, she was told she was doing a good job at work and that she "very rarely" stripped. In fact, she usually went to the club for a workout because she didn't have a gym membership.

The story of Tressler's extracurriculars was broken by a surprisingly slut shamey reporter at the rival Houston Press, an alternative weekly.

I enjoy neither stripping nor local newspaper society columns, but as someone who thinks people should just be left alone to live their lives as they see fit, this seems like an awful lot of hullabaloo and hand wringing over something that's essentially no one's business but Sarah Tressler's.




I just don't know if she really has a case. The way I heard it the firing was not because of what her second job was, but that she failed to disclose the fact she had a second job to her primary employer. I can't speak for everyone who lives and works in the state of Texas, obviously, but in my experience here you have to tell your employer no matter what other jobs you do.