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The naked truth about male strippers: Houston hunks reveal all

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Justin Whitfield, male stripper, Take It Off
Though Justin Whitfield largely stepped away from male stripping when he fell in love at 31, he still manages a touring group — and gets up on the stage every once in a while.  Courtesy of Ellora's Cave
Take it Off! The Naked Truth About Male Strippers, book cover
The book was released in Oct. 2012. Amazon.com
Justin Whitfield, Taylor Cole, male stripper, Take It Off
The pair worked with erotic publisher Ellora's Cave to put out the book.  Courtesy of Ellora's Cave
Taylor Cole, male stripper, Take it Off
When he's not busy stripping at La Bare in Houston, Taylor Cole runs a construction company based out of Dallas.  Courtesy of Ellora's Cave
Justin Whitfield, male stripper, Take It Off
Take it Off! The Naked Truth About Male Strippers, book cover
Justin Whitfield, Taylor Cole, male stripper, Take It Off
Taylor Cole, male stripper, Take it Off

Last summer's Magic Mike might have made the ladies scream, but there's much more to the life of a male stripper than what was projected on the big screen. 

That's where Texas-based exotic dancers Justin Whitfield and Taylor Cole come in. The pair met 16 years ago at the gym, and have worked together as strippers at Houston strip club La Bare — and as cover models for erotic romance publisher Ellora's Cave — in the intervening years.

 "Men all think alike. With the wrong head first. We can't help it. It's how we're made."  

When Steven Soderbergh's male stripper movie became a hit, Whitfield and Cole decided to capitalize on the opportunity and supplement the story with a book, Take It Off! The Naked Truth About Male Strippers, which was released in October. 

"Men all think alike. With the wrong head first. We can't help it. It's how we're made," starts the book, which touches on the tricks and the how-tos, the rise and the fall, the fact and the fiction of life as a male stripper. 

"The book is part autobiographical, part instructional, and sort of like if we were sitting around a campfire and sharing stories," Whitfield tells CultureMap.

Whitfield had received his bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Texas at Dallas before realizing that he couldn't see himself working in a bank.

He started bartending and bodybuilding instead — and exotic dancing became like a natural extension of that lifestyle. (Whitfield retired — for the most part anyway — at 31 and opened a sports bar in the outskirts of Houston.)

Cole, meanwhile, grew up knowing that he wanted to dance professionally. "I saw it on a commercial and thought, 'Man, I'd like to do that,' " he says. He won an amateur night contest at 16 years old, and was hired on once he was legal. In his spare time, Cole runs a Dallas-based construction company. 

"Basically, we're just everyday, normal guys with a fun job at night," Cole laughs.

Can't get enough male stripper tales and insights? The duo's book is available in paperback on Ellora's Cave for $13.50, or there is a Kindle edition of the title on Amazon for $5. 

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