Sarah Tressler Finally Speaks Out, Says We're "Mean"

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Her first interview on the subject,
Sarah Tressler, the Houston Chronicle society reporter who gained national, if not worldwide, fame for also being a stripper, made her first public statements this morning.

Good Morning America flew her to New York and she spoke about her experience.

Two things we did not know that we learned in the intro: 1) Houston is "a city famous for big oil, big spenders and genteel Southern living" (say whaaat?) and 2) the Chron is "one of the country's most prestigious newspapers."

We also learned an actual important thing, one we'd been highly curious about: Had Tressler told anyone at the Chron about her semi-publicly blogging about her stripping, including putting pictures of herself out there?

When asked, Tressler giggled a bit and said no, she hadn't told anyone.

If that's true and she's not just trying to protect someone, that is a pretty egregious lapse of journalistic judgment on the part of a reporter. And not just any reporter -- as the Chron's society reporter, she is in many ways a face of the paper, or at the very least a representative of it, to those elites the Chron takes such pains not to offend, only to fawn over.

The "rule" doesn't apply just to things like stripping -- if she blogged, Facebooked and tweeted about being a prominent activist, say, in the Democratic Party or an antiabortion group, that's something she'd need to disclose to any papers looking to hire her.

Tressler said she didn't think anyone would "be so mean" as to report on a Chron society writer who is also a semi-public stripper.

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mex
mex

The Houston Press did not "out" her second job. She did. Rather than keeping her blog persona anonymous she posted pictures of herself including her face on it. She has two day jobs that put her regularly in the public eye (at UH and as journalist).  She would have to be a complete moron to actually believe no one would recognize her online. Hell, I'm surprised none of her students or colleagues saw her at her night job and outed her prior to this.

Also, take it from someone who did work in the industry for one year in college - Houston is the highest contact city in the nation when it comes to strip clubs and if she was REGULARLY earning $1000 + a night when the oil convention isn't in town she wasn't just dancing.

0(o_o)0(-_-)(o...o)
0(o_o)0(-_-)(o...o)

Thank you Houston Chronicle for upholding some standards in a society that seems to have none left. Her and her supporters have no perspective. The reason people get an education is so they don't have to do this sort of thing for money. I guess in this Orwellian society degrading yourself for fast cash is the new empowering yourself. Sorry, I like my strippers dirty and uneducated. 

Guest
Guest

"Tressler said she didn't think anyone would 'be so mean' . . .."  But look at what she says on her blog about taking money from men who are "literally retarded." 

GleefullConsumer
GleefullConsumer

This is the best comment feed ever.  And the best story ever.  Of course the Chronicle panders to the ladies who lunch.  Every paper since time immemorial panders to someone, whether the ladies who lunch or William Randolph Hearst.  Neither am I scandalized by the stripping.  But I have trouble feeling bad for someone who fails to report their unorthodox and likely controversial secondary source of income, and then is "blindsided" when they are terminated as a result of said income source - terminated because she was fool enough to blog about it.  And this is the Press' métier - reporting on the zany and hilarious chaos (moral, criminal, political, and otherwise) for which Houston seems to be a unique breeding ground.  It's why I'd NEVER subscribe to the Chronicle, but read Hairballs religiously.  Keep on muckraking HP - you feed my cynical soul.

Gaspar_Ramsey
Gaspar_Ramsey

Is there anybody left in the Houston area who considers the Chronicle as anything but a conservative blog? Just take a glance at the op-ed page today--what is Bill King doing there? This guy is just a flack for the Big Oil. And Charles Krauthammer? He's just to the right of Attila the Hun and has never said anything that makes any sense at all. And then there's their letter page, which should be called "Voices of the Right Wing Nuts." If it weren't for the fact that I like to read the funny pages while taking my morning crap, I would have let my subscription slip long ago. 

Moresky
Moresky

What an asshole story! I don't like society columns or writers much either, but no one should lose their job because of your journalistic laziness. You guys should know that its hard to get by in your field; you just screwed one of your own and I hope that it comes back to you...

Tiemposola
Tiemposola

'Journalistic laziness'? Huh?

It's hard to get a job in cinema and theatre too. So, should they just report that stuff uncritically and give you puff-pieces where everything is great, just peachy all the time?I know I wouldn't be reading if that were the case. That's the lazy journalism you're against.

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

Jonathan Nathan strikes me as either a pretentious hipster douche or a troll.  Oh and hooray for boobies.

Gonzo
Gonzo

you are a shame of a human being, Richard Conelly

Ruby Dynamite
Ruby Dynamite

There's nothing wrong with being a stripper and working in the sex industry and another, 'vanilla' industry is perfectly normal and acceptable - all you have to do is look at Gloria Steinem, who moonlighted as a Playboy Bunny for her journalistic work.  Quit trying to shame this woman with your wannabe clever-but-mostly-sanctimonious-sounding failsnark.  You're not paying her bills, she is, and however she sees fit to do so - especially since it is an entirely LEGAL profession, for which she pays her taxes like any other American citizen - is absolutely none of your damn business.

Fleurdelis
Fleurdelis

Fascinating you brought up a feminist like Gloria Steinem, who I happen to admire for the most part.

Reason it's interesting: with this situation, feminists are in a real bind. What's the call? Ordinarily, the line is that strippers and strip clubs objectify women into sexual beings, the mere means to an end, in Kant's phrasing.

But the flip-side wrinkle is here: a woman who is simply using her sexuality to gain a second income ought to be supported right? It's a post-male sustenance world where women assert their god-given gifts to get ahead. Helen Gurley Brown and the Cosmo crowd would say more power to you Sarah.

So which is it? Crass objectification in the traditional sense? Or using that female bod in a market that appreciates it, and will pay for its titillation?

She Who Gnows
She Who Gnows

Sensationalist writers like the one who continues to hound this girl are the sort that make media unreliable and well, non-informative. You, Mr. Dick Connelly, aren't ashamed of yourself for completely ERADICATING any integrity you may have had as a reporting writer. And that doesn't matter to you? It doesn't matter to you that you're more concerned with how many hits you get rather than telling the ENTIRETY of the truth? ...Of course not. You're a media whore, and you and your ilk will, eventually, through consequences of your own decisions at some point in your future, pay for the things you do when running your mouth (or keyboard as it were) causes the sort of trouble for you that you cannot get out of.

I can't wait to read THAT headline. And I'll go ahead and have a beer and a smoke too when I read it because it will prove that, once again, I was right in saying "What goes around comes around, Dick, don't you forget it." And it will. :) When you shell out BS, that's exactly what you'll get.

OldPete
OldPete

So you're condemning one sensationalist writer for reporting about another sensationalist writer, and hoping he gets fired for it, while disdaining the fact that she got fired?

Katy
Katy

Recursive Schadenfreude?

Cunty Cooze
Cunty Cooze

Richard Connelly:  

I hope you like false teeth.

mamoeh78
mamoeh78

Curious.  Do we know a stage name and/or nicknames?  I'm interested.  Thanks. 

Jonathan Nathan
Jonathan Nathan

Yes, of course you are.

mamoeh78
mamoeh78

Is that against the law?  I think that if we are exposing her, we may as well expose her  well enough to know who the offended are.  It may add up for a few of us. 

Jonathan Nathan
Jonathan Nathan

Yeah, it's so weird that she called y'all mean. I mean, all you did was post a snide, mean-spirited blog entry about her side gig that you had to know would get her fired due to the inevitable/intentional controversy it/you would gin up, even though it really has no bearing on how she does her work. I hope you feel good about yourself. You just got a woman fired for being sex-positive. (I'm sorry to use the lingo on you; ask one of your friends from a town that has progressives in it, they'll tell you what it means.)

And yes, it was slut-shaming, dude. It was slut-shaming because there was absolutely no other reason to publish it. What edification did the Houston populace receive as a result of the blog entry? How were Houstonians educated by its content? How does this newly public knowledge inform the average reader's interpretation of the subject's work? Please, just present one single solitary justification that has any merit. And no, you can't use "SHE TAKES OFF HER CLOTHES IN PUBLIC SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE JOB," because you already tried that one and it's not quite up to snuff. You can't use "SHE GIGGLED! SHE GIGGLED ALL SEXYLIKE! WHAT A WHORE!" either, because you just used it above, and again, it doesn't work. You also can't use "I AM AN AGING FAILED JOURNALIST WITH A SEXUAL INADEQUACY COMPLEX SO I HATE ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUCCESS IN MY CHOSEN FIELD BECAUSE THEY HAVE EVERYTHING I WANT ON A PHYSICAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND PROBABLY EMOTIONAL LEVEL," because we already know that's the real reason, but I'd like to hear you come up with something more defensible.

I have a couple of friends from Houston who insist that it's not as bad as you'd think, it being in Texas and all. Clearly they have been lying to me. This is what gets published in Houston's version of the Village Voice? My God, is there such a thing as a progressive in Houston? Maybe I've just gotten so used to living in my adopted town of San Francisco, where it's OK to have a good time and you don't get crucified for it by the local progressive media that are supposed to be on your side, that I've forgotten what it was like to grow up in the Bible Belt, where even the liberal media is out to smear folks for doing anything fun. Don't ever visit San Francisco, Richard. We enjoy ourselves, we enjoy each other, and we enjoy all the naughty things we can do with one another. It's not really your scene.

Rolandchanson
Rolandchanson

I live in Houston, consider myself a progressive, even work with strip clubs here and associate with these, how do you call them, 'sexually-positive' women. (Odd, that moniker).

Anyway, I found the story rewarding in a number of ways. First it was funny: the idea of a reporter glad-handing conservative ladies-who-lunch at one moment, then glad-handing men in a different ways the next moment. All in a day's work. Point is, both groups needed validation and Sarah provided it in spades. 

Second, I learned that what I write on the internet, my blogs and FB posts might come back to haunt me. Or make me famous. I'll consider both options as my life unfolds.

Third, I learned how knee-jerk some responses can be. How people felt sorry for her. (Why?) How charges of hypocrisy can fly without wings. How motivations are ascribed to a writer where there are none, except getting a good story.

I've talked to many people about this story. They have differing opinions. But that discussion was edifying for me. And for you, apparently, judging from the time you spent replying. I hope it brought catharsis. That would be a single benefit, if you dismiss the ones  I've just listed.

Chatme98
Chatme98

Typical garbage journalist for a garbage paper.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

If you think the only value in the Grenias story is the embarrassment factor, you are a very naive person. In that story's case, you have a GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE and publicly elected official looking at porn on a work-provided computer likely paid for with taxpayers money. *That* is certainly news, and that fact that you don't think it is leads me to believe you're thinking about this whole thing wrong too.

eudemonist
eudemonist

Holy mother of God, Connelly, you ridiculous troll...you hit the dang mother lode on this one, didn't you?

scallywag
scallywag

When asked whether she was caught off guard at being outed earlier this week, our Queen Sheba retorted with a dew of tears forming in the outer layer of her corneas that it definitely took her by surprise. Of course what takes one by surprise is how a professional journo prancing around town like a smug stripper sometimes making $2000 a night (she had once tried to get a job as a book clerk for $8.50 an hour but somehow no one wanted to hire her and thus she was forced to resort to earning $2000 or so days to being a stripper) had no idea that her sorry self would eventually be outed. Never mind she’s supposed to be an adjunct professor of journalism.

What's the expression? There's nothing going on but the rent....

http://scallywagandvagabond.co...

H_e_x
H_e_x

"Blatant conflict of interest" you say?*flips to backpage**looks up articles denouncing sex slavery as a large problem*

Tiemposola
Tiemposola

What's your point? Try to make it clearly, pls.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I can see subtlety is not your strong point, so let me spell it out in plain terms.HP goes after woman working for working legal job under her own volition.HP runs advertisements for sex slaves in the back of their paper.Instead of focusing on what their advertisements are about, they instead run stories denouncing any criticism of their ads and instead go after a woman who has chosen to be a stripper.If you need it in even plainer terms, then god help us all.

Tiemposola
Tiemposola

That's equally silly HEX. Or you're just not a news consumer. Networks do run stories that bode ill for their advertisers. Toyota brake failures spring to mind. Stock/brokerage scandals is another. Prescription drugs dangers one more. Bad/unnecessary weapons another. BP disaster one more. I could go on and on. Watch 60 Minutes sometimes just for starters.

HP has run stories on 'sex slavery' just recently. It's still online. 

There's a clear distinction between editorial and advertising at Houston Press. Not sure what your point is. Because they run ads for something, HP doesn't also write critically about these things. Read any of the Arts reviews? Film? Music? C'mon buddy.

Tiemposola
Tiemposola

Even if you're right, there's still no hypocrisy, which was you point, apparently. 

Topless dancing is one thing. Writing for a conservative paper, in the most conservative section is another. Combine the two and you get fireworks. Silly goose.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Look at backpage and tell me otherwise. It's pretty obvious, don't be naive. Are you willing to say that every single ad in backpage is legit? What are they doing, playing paddy-cake?This story was about slut shaming, plain and simple.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I think the ads in the HP are for a bit more than stripping.And ads are not all that separated from the editorial. That's why major networks don't run stories criticizing their sponsors. A restaurant is not a major sponsor of HP, so losing one or two won't hurt them, but going after sex slavery will because that makes up a chunk of backpage.

keep yr paws off my penumbra
keep yr paws off my penumbra

Hexagon, you never went to J (that stands for joinalism) school or reported NEWS anywhere (notice I didn't say society s___), or you would know that editorial and advertising is kept separate! In the good organizations, anyway.

So you can have ads for strippers and write a story containing an interesting twist without being a hypocrite. Unless you're working for a competing strip joint!

Tiemposola
Tiemposola

HEX, I can see that you majored in broad-brush painting, and that your strong point is speaking in glittering generalities.

"HP goes after a woman..."? They went after her? How? By reporting a funny story that almost every media outlet has picked up...? A report aided in color and tone by the woman's own blog and FB posts. Ok, gotcha, real rough stuff.

"HP runs ads for sex slaves in the back of their paper...". Can you point out any in particular? I'm a volunteer trying to stop this heinous practice, but haven't been able to locate the ads you refer to. Lend me your discernment. But even if that were true, it wouldn't be hypocrisy. Would it be hypocritical if they gave a restaurant that advertised a bad review? Or if they reported about bank fraud when taking a loan from a bank?

You mentioned hypocrisy, right, as your main charge? Wouldn't that be more like an editor at the Press being a part-time basement porn-star. Do you think that would merit coverage? Or, say Domenique Sachse was an off-hours Dominatrix specializing in rich men who liked to be paddled.

C'mon, HEX, ordinarily you're a somewhat bright kid. Help yourself see the light on this one.

mamoeh78
mamoeh78

I am still quite frankl, in awe with the demeanor of this woman during her GMA debut.  I expected someone more refined and well-spoken, and I’m not sure why!  Someone mentioned earlier that she appeared "teen valley-girlish." Agreed.   Many times a writer may be just that - a writer.  But, in orally presenting words, they experience more difficulty.   Nevertheless, there is a couple of things that shouldn't sit well with the public and perhaps her fan club can provide a more educated explanation for them.   Tressler:  "The idea of somebody outing me seemed like it would be like such a mean thing to do that I never thought anybody would do it," Tressler told ABC News. "I guess I was wrong."

 I am having difficulty with her usage of the word "outing."  Sarah Tressler (aka SarahTress, aka Angry Stripper , aka Chron Girl,  aka <3 aS), was NOT in hiding.  People in hiding do not feature enormously large narcissistic photographs of their self on an openly public blog that is featured in major publications (Maxim) in a city where they write for a major publication.  She could not wait for her fame!  Her Angry stripper Twitter account was titled "Sarah Tress," (until several days so that she could pretend she was in "hiding")  and featured photographs of herself, her vehicle, her injuries, corresponding photographs for the blog & HC, stories about volunteer work among fellow Junior League ladies, etc...  Anyone can simply type her name abbrevieated blog name (SarahTress) into Google, like I did last February, and you will come across Sarah Tressler, HC writer.  It's her, the same woman!  Good Sarah/Bad Sarah.

If Richard, (or, Dick as you all address him!) had not written an article, then someone else would have eventually!  

Sarah insults individuals one after another on her little blog she writes full of germs and filth! Why wouldn't someone return that favor to Ms. Tressler? I cannot recall anything positive she ever wrote about any one individual - so, it boggles me that you all support her even though she poked fun at each and every one of you!  Her regulars - that's it!  The men (she recognizes with abbreviated initials - come on wives figure it out!) that buy her gifts and support her lifestyle - but, even those men, she laughs at! 

Tressler:  "The reason I started dancing - it just boils down to money. The economy was bad and I couldn't get a job."

Ummm, when exactly did our economy begin to lapse?  Didn't Tressler say that she has been dancing for 8 years?  2004!  She would have been 21!  A student.  Undergrad?  I get the whole idea that these women claim to strip to pay for an education.  I don't agree, but I understand that it happens.  But, claim that Sarah!   Don’t be a coward!   Don't blame the economy!  2004, I do believe we were still in pretty decent shape economically!  As far as working in Barnes & Noble - you sure seem to stunt your ability!  Do you want to be acknowledged as the intelligent woman that got side-tracked in a dirty low-life world, or, do you want to play helpless victim that isn't smart enough to seek out employment other than shaking your tits for a dollar?  Your are too transparent - claim your faults and your brilliance and then maybe you'll find thie success you are so hungry for!  See, she's all over the map!  A coward.  A narcissistic woman that OBVIOUSLY sought out attention and couldn't decide whether she needed to gain her fame with her body or her brains - so, she slyly went about both endeavors and just waited for that one special person that she could blame for WHAT SHE CLEARLY DID TO HERSELF!!   She is a FAME WHORE.  A WHORE!  Brilliant?  Well, she's not claiming that, nor portraying it at this point! 

Just take the high road, Sarah!  Sometimes it’s better to kill them with kindness.  Just kindly curtsy and apologize to your former employer and everyone you surrounded yourself with in each disguise.  The Junior League volunteer ladies, the ladies that lunch, the stupid waitress at the SJ, EVERYONE!  Give Richard a pat on the back for giving you what you wanted all along...instead of this pitiful road you are approaching!

Is not refreshing at all?  Because most individuals experience relief in an “OUTING.”  Can you breathe now?  Sleep at night?  Lunch in public?  Write in all Sarah forms in one common place…AWESOME!  No more juggling that task!

You have arrived Sarah Tressler!  All of YOU!  

cuppanoodles
cuppanoodles

Mean or not, Tressler doesn't have much to worry about. She's going to be ok - she's still has her stripper gigs and I'm sure she she could do porn if she wished and of course, she's teaching at UH (for how much longer - who knows) and will probably get a book deal out of all this. And as far as the Chronicle is concerned, they pay shit wages anyway (like most media outfits) so it's really no big financial loss to her. And just for the record, it has never been a very prestigious paper like GMA said. When was the last time the Chronicle won a Pulitzer prize? Uh, never. Depending on which way it goes for her, she could be just another minor embarrassment to a really crappy newspaper or just using all this as a stepping stone.

Duce630
Duce630

As she is an adjunct professor and only teaching one lab class this semester, I imagine she'll not have her contract renewed. I wonder if some of her colleagues from the Chronicle and UH (there are several who work at the Chron and are adjunct or instructional professors) are embarrassed by this.

keep yr paws off my penumbra
keep yr paws off my penumbra

Adjuncts make less than people at bookstores! (If they're doing it right)

So...better stick with the classy titty bar on Rankin Road, where one can get one's vehicle detailed (euphemism alert!!) during the show....

R T
R T

Yeah she's right. You are a dick. It's okay though. You just made her famous. She'll write a book, do guest appearances, maybe get a reality show. I don't know why you thought what she was doing was so wrong you had to write about it. It seems so very hateful. 

Howie Stier
Howie Stier

 The press has a constitutional mandate to hold politicians and big business in check, not to rat on colleagues. And Connelly ain't nothing but a stone cold rat. In a field where landing a job for a writer is akin to a film role for an actor, and in a time when earning a living is a hard thing to do in America, this shit is inexcusable. And he did this for what, exactly? 

Duce630
Duce630

As someone who has read the constitution, please direct me to the section that has this particular mandate.

Howie Stier
Howie Stier

The only field of human endeavor so privileged. No accountants, collection agents, substitute teachers, sushi chefs or Pilates instructors got the freedom of the press. And that privilege brings responsibility, and that entails knowing when to shut up. Rats however have a different value set.

Tiemposola
Tiemposola

Howie Stier, you sound like a candidate for Pirandello's 'Six Characters in Search of an Author'. LOL

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

What, so now there's a "no snitchin'" code in journalism? If we find out about a plagiarist or someone with a blatant conflict of interest, we are just supposed to hope the cops figure that out, and also give a crap?

Howie Stier
Howie Stier

Only a rat, a filthy self serving, back stabbing, rat thinks all they're doing is "snitchin" all kids in the park childlike fun sounding. If they evaded a good Bronx fuck-you back in grade school, they go on to flourish- in the  corporate milieu, the civil service. But not so much among hacks. That's because payback is a bitch.

Jennparkt
Jennparkt

 I'm glad your pic is cute, because your writing and argument skills aren't so hot.

Howie Stier
Howie Stier

What question? You're both just babbling... of plagiarism police? A fantasy of helping cops figure shit out? Plagiarism ain't no criminal offense, nor is flashing titties. Seems y'all in Texas just itchin to snitch. Seems y'all live in a regular rat culture. Maybe y'all can look across that border-over where No va means don't work- and see what happens to snitches.This was a hit job, your man is a low-rent Novak. At least that rat was living large, not at the boot of an indifferent corparateer owned rag, working for chump change.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

Yeah, Flavio, that reply had me thinkin' for a while dere dat I could just start settlin' my beefs wid udda writers like a real Bronx tuff guy. Then I saw the Frontline on the Murdoch scandal and I was kinda glad that the Guardian snitched on NewsCorp. 

Flavio41
Flavio41

Thanks for your tough-guy, non-reply to Lomax's question. Guess all rats should stick together, and celebrate being rats, and never rat on anyone who's also a rat. 

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