By on October 20, 2015

One working woman who was somehow excluded from ‘Jackson Hole Women.’

151014RedneckJackson, WY – “The News&Guide is featuring me in their special section ‘Jackson Hole Women,’” Susie told me all excited. “The piece about my nonprofit that works to bring awareness to safety issues surrounding incorrectly installed hamster wheels is on page four.”

“I’m proud of you,” I said. Clearly the reporters hadn’t spent an evening with Susie when she celebrated the equinox with a pagan fertility ritual. What she and her friend Cindy did to me that night, now that’s female accomplishment!

Perhaps unfairly, I began to suspect the NaG’s motives. After all, women have been accomplishing amazing things since Eve served her husband organic, non-GMO apples, Isabella, Queen of Spain, established the Spanish Inquisition, Mary I of England executed hundreds of protestants and Blythe Masters invented credit default swaps, providing America with a financially-stable housing market during the past decade.

I asked the editorial staff at the NaG why they recognized women in a special issue as if their accomplishments are news and something to be amazed with. They confirmed it had nothing to do with the thousands of dollars in ad revenue generated by the section during the shoulder season.

In keeping with their altruistic spirit, I recently caught up with Big Bootie Candy, one of Hoback Junction’s most sought-after freelance strippers and talked to her about women in the workplace.

PJH: So Bootie, can you tell us what made you want to start your own business?

Bootie: I always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even as a kid I was always trying to hustle a dollar wherever I could. I would shoplift candy and sell it to other kids. Later, I dealt pot to neighborhood teens, just a joint here and there, but I got the satisfaction of doing my own thing and not punching a time clock.

PJH: Do you find much sexism in the workplace?

Bootie: As a freelance stripper, I find there is a huge amount of sexism. Men are always gawking at you while you work, as if you are some kind of object and it’s hard to get them to take you seriously as an intellectual equal when you don’t have your clothes on. Sometimes they even try to get a feel when slipping a dollar in your G-string. It’s almost as if they are more concerned with seeing you naked than engaging in stimulating conversation about the national economy or the environment.

PJH: What are some of the challenges that women entrepreneurs face?

Bootie: The price of female lingerie is much more expensive than anything male strippers wear, and of course there is always the risk of tripping on stiletto heels.

PJH: So what is it like being a female businessperson in Teton County?

Bootie: Despite the difficulties, I love it! There is so much support among businesswomen in the valley. We sustain each other and we try to give back to the female community and help empower the young women who will follow us and become the leaders of tomorrow. PJH

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