…as caps and gowns are to graduation.

Why is that?  From where did this tradition arise and why do we oftentimes still hold true to it?

I had the pleasure of traveling to a beautiful cabin in the north Georgia mountains this weekend with friends new and old for a bachelorette weekend.  While she and her bridesmaids were rational enough to spare us all of such an embarrassing escapade as having a stripper come to dance in a fringed thong or otherwise cheesy outfit, inevitably, everyone joked about having a stripper.  Even my father asked me after the weekend, “Did you guys have a stripper?”, to which my reaction was not even jarred, but rather “No, I find them uncomfortable when they come into a room full of girls who don’t want anything to do with them and we stare and laugh.”  I was once called ‘uptight’ by a stripper to whom I retorted “I’m really sorry that your gyrations to a mix CD don’t entice me to react with the excitement for which you were hoping.”

This is really more social commentary than anything, but for all of you guys and gals partaking in bachelor(ette) parties, wouldn’t you agree that it’s a universal question as to whether or not to get a stripper?  Why I ask you?  For guys, I get it a little more. But male strippers, let’s be honest: that’s not meant to be showcased in a thong or to a beat.