The Art of the Tease

The Art of the Tease

Lady Smut

By Liz Everly

So this weekend I attended a showing of  Gypsy, the musical. Besides being astounded by some of the local talent, it inspired me to think about the woman who was “Gypsy Rose Lee” and the art of the tease, which she is given the credit for “inventing” on the Burlesque dance stage. Others dancers were doing more than teasing. She, evidently, never stripped completely. Seeing the play also inspired me to think about what romance authors have in common with a good strip tease. Does that sound far-fetched? Keep reading. You’ll see what I mean.


Gypsy’s teasing was kind of clumsy—and her movements appeared unstudied and certainly not graceful. Here is a clip from a movie she was in giving a cleaner version of what she actually did. There was really nothing even remotely graceful about her. I had thought maybe that was just written in to…

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