Stripper Evangeline Sylvas angrily breaking the water tank being used by a fellow stripper. Location: New Orleans, LA, US Date taken: 1949 Photographer: John Dominis
This was from LIFE magazine. The stripper inside the tank was Divena and, according to what I could find, “Divena’s fellow strippers weren’t too happy about the attention she was getting.” Evangeline’s act required that she get out of an “over-sized oyster” and she did not appreciate that Divena not only got top billing, but also got to strip underwater — which was more novel than the oyster shell. Evangeline grabbed an ax and, hence, the broken tank. Evangeline was fined $10.
A lot of people like to explain consent in sexual encounters as “No means no.” This is true, but doesn’t capture as many crucial parts of happy fun sex and experiences as “Yes means yes!” Consent should always be informed and enthusiastic, never coerced, and you and your partner should be looking for consent continuously. Stay safe, stay happy, and have fun!
Consent can look different for different people, but that’s why communication between partners is so important. No matter what it looks like though, consent should not hinge on any fear, discomfort, or pressure.