Why do we think students might want to strip to earn money? Could it be the combination of tuition fees and a terrible job market, with what few jobs there are available often set up as zero-hours contracts and/or paying the minimum wage? Jones worries that as well as this there's the effects of "the pornification of society."
The women who've made the choice to take this work are apparently: "entirely unfazed by having taken their first tottering steps into the sex industry. For them, dancing naked for cash is 'sociable and fun', 'like going on a night out' or 'just like a party night' ... a growing number of middle-class students from well-off families, who begin stripping for the 'excitement of engaging in a transgressive world', with the added bonus that they can keep their tips."
So t's both completely mainstream and transgressive, which is impressive: "This is profoundly dispiriting, although not all that surprising. The less exciting reality, of course, is that their chosen part-time job also offers exploitation, financial and bodily, with the potential for promotion into far murkier worlds. For those young people who start stripping whether for fun, or because they believe that they have no other option, further education, of the kind that starts long before they leave home and school, is what is most needed now."
I'm not sure how education would help anyone who takes a job because they need the money and they don't have any alternatives. Perhaps we could educate these women into making what Jones obviously sees as the right moral choice, and either forego university until they have the decency to have richer parents or better finances.
How can we criticise women for making what looks like, in most respects, an entirely rational choice?
If women are fitting work around study that feels like a "night out dancing" and they enjoy it, then more power to them. How can we criticise women for making what looks like, in most respects, an entirely rational choice?
Compare and contrast Jones' patronising attitude to the words of a woman who is paying for her university education (in the United States) by working in pornography.
The 'Duke University Porn star scandal' should have been that one of her co-students exposed her identity in a way that put her at risk; but of course it was seen as being that a female student had made pornography.
Her post at xojane talking about her experience is thoughtful, nuanced, and interesting. She writes about how her experiences in porn have been positive, about taking charge of her sexuality.
Nichi Hodgson in the guardian argues convincingly that the response to 'scandals' like this, and attitudes to sex-workers more generally, are about slut-shaming: "What's more, given the social stigma that persists around female sexuality, sex worker narratives are still forced to express moral accountability and, more often than not, a political position, even though we don't let sex workers feed directly into policy-making.
If you're against capitalism and exploitation, then talk about those things. But don't pretend sex work is the only place you see them in action and don't patronise and put words into the mouths of women who can speak for themselves and probably have something much more interesting to say.