Sarah Tressler Sparks Debate by Holding Down Houston Society Pages, Stripper Jobs Simultaneously
Apparently, a bit of controversy has been stirred up over the fact that Houston Chronicle writer Sarah Tressler is a stripper when she isn’t writing and naughty ladies should not be mixing with proper society! Quel horror!
The brouhaha was initiated by rival paper writer Richard Connelly over at Houston Press, and Connelly passive-aggressively slut-shames Tressler throughout his expose. In the piece, Tressler’s steamy moonlighting work is contrasted with her day-job duties chronicling the movements of Houston’s well-heeled “ladies who lunch;” Connelly huffily describes her work as “writing in the style that really, really wants to be described as ‘fearless’ and ‘intelligent’ and ‘funny’ and ‘sexy.’” He adds that whether Tressler achieves that end is a “matter of taste, we guess.” Meow.
In the article, Connelly uses others to basically sling mean-girl gossip at the rival reporter, though the source of his quote is not clear from reading the piece. The quote references “stripper money” and high-end purchases, saying Tressler has invoked the ire of her day-job co-workers by basically being a big old stripping hussy:
“Her fellow Chronicle employees have found out and they’re furious. Furious because she barely bothers to conceal her identity and they’re worried about the reaction from the “ladies who lunch” when they inevitably find out that they’ve been hosting an active stripper at their benefits. And furious because she “flaunts” her “stripper money” around the office in the form of expensive designer clothes and handbags. And furious because the Chron staff feels like she’s just using them as fodder for a future roman a clef.”
Then again, Connelly’s last accusation may not be too far off- while Tressler shouldn’t be dressed down (heh) for legal ways she chooses to make extra money that just happen to involve taking her clothes off, she also wrote a rather questionably moral piece that undoubtedly violates the privacy of rumored egotistical jerk Jeremy Piven. Gawker linked to a cached version of the post on the now-defunct “Diary of an Angry Stripper,” in which Tressler describes at length being unsatisfyingly orally serviced by the Entourage star.
No one from Tressler’s paper has officially commented on the stripping controversy thus far.