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6th Jan '18 6:11:14 PM nombretomado
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* JessicaBiel in ''Powder Blue'', playing it so earnestly straight.

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* JessicaBiel Creator/JessicaBiel in ''Powder Blue'', playing it so earnestly straight.
24th Dec '17 4:14:11 AM Spindriver
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* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': In the {{flashback}}s, Rorschach's mother is a single mom prostitute. Perhaps an InvertedTrope, in that she ''hates'' him because he inadvertently drives away business. The woman living in the next apartment from him in the present is also a prostitute, but successfully keeps her secret from her children. Though she lied to the news about him trying to rape her, Rorschach doesn't kill her because her children are present.
** And also because her efforts to hide what she does from them indicate that, unlike his own mother, the landlady cares enough about her children to protect them from the ugliness of her life.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': In the {{flashback}}s, Rorschach's mother is a single mom prostitute. Perhaps an InvertedTrope, in that she ''hates'' him because he inadvertently drives away business. The woman living in the next apartment from him in the present is also a prostitute, but successfully keeps her this secret from her children. Though she lied lies to the news about him trying to rape her, Rorschach doesn't kill or seriously hurt her because her children are present.
** And
present -- and also because her efforts to hide what she does from them indicate that, unlike his own mother, the landlady she cares enough about her children to protect them from the ugliness of her life.



* Despite she had been a prostitute long before the birth of her son Pepito, Clara (or Betty, for the english speakers) from ''Clara... de Noche'' (aka ''Betty by Night'' or ''Betty by the hour'') claims, along the motives she's still an hooker, having to support his son and grant him a decent lifestyle.

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* Despite she had having been a prostitute long before the birth of her son Pepito, Clara (or Betty, for the english English speakers) from ''Clara... de Noche'' (aka ''Betty by Night'' or ''Betty by the hour'') claims, along the motives she's still an hooker, having claims that she continues as a hooker to support his her son and grant him a decent lifestyle.



* ''Film/DangerousBeauty'' was about a 16th century woman who becomes a courtesan to support herself and her mother.

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* ''Film/DangerousBeauty'' was is about a 16th century woman who becomes a courtesan to support herself and her mother.



* Creator/DemiMoore's character in ''Film/{{Striptease}}'', though she starts out not to support her daughter but to get money to appeal the custody decision against her. Bet that really helped her case. [[spoiler:Oh, but it did, because Fate moves in mysterious ways here. After [[CorruptPolitician a congressman who not only frequents the club, but has arranged for the murder of his political opponents]] starts to fall for her, he hires her for personal dances. He says too much, she starts to get wise to his shady dealings, then he tries to blackmail her by helping her ex-husband. Consequently, she helps the police expose him by tricking him to confessing on tape, and she not only wins full custody as a result, but her deadbeat ex-husband winds up back in jail.]]

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* Creator/DemiMoore's character in ''Film/{{Striptease}}'', though she starts out not to support her daughter but to get money to appeal the custody decision against her. Bet that really helped her case.case... [[spoiler:Oh, but it did, because Fate moves in mysterious ways here. After [[CorruptPolitician a congressman who not only frequents the club, but has arranged for the murder of his political opponents]] starts to fall for her, he hires her for personal dances. He says too much, she starts to get wise to his shady dealings, then he tries to blackmail her by helping her ex-husband. Consequently, she helps the police expose him by tricking him to confessing on tape, and she not only wins full custody as a result, but her deadbeat ex-husband winds up back in jail.]] jail]] .



-->'''Stu:''' I married a whore!
-->'''Alan:''' How dare you, she's a nice lady!

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-->'''Stu:''' I married a whore!
-->'''Alan:'''
whore!\\
'''Alan:'''
How dare you, she's a nice lady!



-->I needed an organ transplant desperately
-->Geneco showed this single mom sympathy
-->This makeover came for a small added fee
-->Now I look smashing [[PublicExposure on live TV!]]

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-->I needed an organ transplant desperately
-->Geneco
desperately\\
Geneco
showed this single mom sympathy
-->This
sympathy\\
This
makeover came for a small added fee
-->Now
fee\\
Now
I look smashing [[PublicExposure on live TV!]]



* In ''Sands of Iwo Jima'', Sgt. Stryker (John Wayne) is disgusted by the prostitute he meets - until he finds out that she has a baby. (It's implied she's in the business to support her son.) Stryker dandles the boy for a while, gives the woman money, and leaves.

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* In ''Sands of Iwo Jima'', Sgt. Stryker (John Wayne) is disgusted by the prostitute he meets - -- until he finds out that she has a baby. (It's implied she's in the business to support her son.) Stryker dandles the boy for a while, gives the woman money, and leaves.



* Daka from ''Film/StVincent'' is a Russian stripper/prostitute who is quite visibly pregnant for most of the film. At one point losing her job at the club because of her belly. It's never quite stated whether or not it's Vince's kid.

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* Daka from ''Film/StVincent'' is a Russian stripper/prostitute who is quite visibly pregnant for most of the film. At film, at one point losing her job at the club because of her belly. It's never quite stated whether or not it's Vince's kid.



* Central to the premise of ''Literature/{{Striptease}}'', both the Carl Hiaasen book and the movie.

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* Central The trope is central to the premise of ''Literature/{{Striptease}}'', both the Carl Hiaasen book and the movie.movie (see above).



* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNick'', Cherise Gautier (Nick's mother) had him at fifteen and works as a Bourbon St stripper, but is supposed to be just about the sweetest human being you could ever meet... [[StuffedIntoTheFridge until she's murdered and left for Nick to find]]. Doubles as a BerserkButton for Nick in the spin-off he gets into fights to protect her honor and part of the reason he is bullied is that he doesn't complain about the dorky shirts she makes him wear.

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* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNick'', Cherise Gautier (Nick's mother) had him at fifteen and works as a Bourbon St stripper, but is supposed to be just about the sweetest human being you could ever meet... [[StuffedIntoTheFridge until she's murdered and left for Nick to find]]. Doubles This doubles as a BerserkButton for Nick Nick; in the spin-off spin-off, he gets into fights to protect her honor and part of the reason he is bullied is that he doesn't complain about the dorky shirts she makes him wear.



* Tiffy in ''Series/TheUnit'' worked as a FamilyFriendlyStripper after separating from her husband. Unable to find a regular job due to a DUI conviction (she'd taken the rap for the Colonel's wife), she does state it's also about keeping her daughters in horse-riding lessons. The bar was shut down after a fire led to the police finding drugs.

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* Tiffy in ''Series/TheUnit'' worked as a FamilyFriendlyStripper after separating from her husband. Unable to find a regular job due to a DUI conviction (she'd taken the rap for the Colonel's wife), she does state states it's also about keeping her daughters in horse-riding lessons. The bar was shut down after a fire led to the police finding drugs.



* Niki on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Technically, she's not single, but seeing as her husband escaped from jail and went on the run, she's pretty much on her own as far as raising Micah.

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* Niki on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Technically, she's not single, but seeing as her husband escaped from jail and went on the run, she's pretty much on her own as far as when it comes to raising Micah.



* Gillian Darmody on ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' was a Single Mom Stripper in the past, and later becomes a Single [[PromotedToParent Grandma]] [[MissKitty Madam]]. This comes back to bite her horribly; her control of the whorehouse gradually slips through her fingers as it's taken over by Gyp Rosetti's gang, and [[spoiler:Richard, afraid to let Tommy grow up in that environment and convinced that Gillian is not looking after him, fights his way through them and kidnaps Tommy, leaving a trail of dead men behind him. In the ensuing custody dispute, Gillian's unsavoury lifestyle and habitation are major black marks against her.]]
* A few victim-of-the-weeks in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' are these. One uses it to [[IHaveAFamily attempt to garner pity]] (as expected, it doesn't work).
** And in Rossi's ItsPersonal case, the eldest of the orphans work as a stripper to help her siblings.

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* Gillian Darmody on ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' was a Single Mom Stripper in the past, and later becomes a Single [[PromotedToParent Grandma]] [[MissKitty Madam]]. This comes back to bite her horribly; her control of the whorehouse gradually slips through her fingers as it's taken over by Gyp Rosetti's gang, and [[spoiler:Richard, afraid to let Tommy grow up in that environment and convinced that Gillian is not looking after him, fights his way through them and kidnaps Tommy, leaving a trail of dead men behind him. In the ensuing custody dispute, Gillian's unsavoury lifestyle and habitation are major black marks against her.]]
her]].
* A few victim-of-the-weeks in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' are these. One uses it to [[IHaveAFamily attempt to garner pity]] (as expected, it doesn't work).
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work). And in Rossi's ItsPersonal case, the eldest of the orphans work as a stripper to help her siblings.



* In season 3 of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Isobel Crawley discovers that Ethel Parks has become a prostitute after having had an illegitimate son in the previous season. TruthInTelevision as this was common among disgraced unwed mothers at the time.
* ''Series/{{Hung}}'' [[GenderFlip gender-flips]] this, but otherwise plays it absolutely straight: the main character is behind on his mortgage, and wants to get his kids back from his wife (who also cheated on him)... his only talent is a [[BiggerIsBetterInBed huge wang]], so he decides to try his luck at hooking.
* The VictimOfTheWeek in a ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' episode was working as this to support herself and her stepson, having fled from her abusive husband. Unfortunately, one of the customers at the bar happened to be one of his coworkers. . .

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* In season 3 of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Isobel Crawley discovers that Ethel Parks has become a prostitute after having had an illegitimate son in the previous season. TruthInTelevision as -- this was all too common among disgraced unwed mothers at the time.
* ''Series/{{Hung}}'' [[GenderFlip gender-flips]] this, but otherwise plays it absolutely straight: the main character is behind on his mortgage, and wants to get his kids back from his wife (who also cheated on him)... his His only talent is a [[BiggerIsBetterInBed huge wang]], so he decides to try his luck at hooking.
* The VictimOfTheWeek in a ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' episode was working as this to support herself and her stepson, having fled from her abusive husband. Unfortunately, one of the customers at the bar happened to be one of his coworkers. . .coworkers...



--> "I have to admit it was even more of a turn-on
--> when I found out she was doin' me to buy baby formula."

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--> "I have to admit it was even more of a turn-on
--> when
turn-on\\
When
I found out she was doin' me to buy baby formula."
28th Oct '17 9:56:40 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Literature/ChroniclesofNick'', Cherise Gautier (Nick's mother) had him at fifteen and works as a Bourbon St stripper, but is supposed to be just about the sweetest human being you could ever meet... [[StuffedIntoTheFridge until she's murdered and left for Nick to find]]. Doubles as a BerserkButton for Nick in the spin-off he gets into fights to protect her honor and part of the reason he is bullied is that he doesn't complain about the dorky shirts she makes him wear.

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* In ''Literature/ChroniclesofNick'', ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNick'', Cherise Gautier (Nick's mother) had him at fifteen and works as a Bourbon St stripper, but is supposed to be just about the sweetest human being you could ever meet... [[StuffedIntoTheFridge until she's murdered and left for Nick to find]]. Doubles as a BerserkButton for Nick in the spin-off he gets into fights to protect her honor and part of the reason he is bullied is that he doesn't complain about the dorky shirts she makes him wear.
27th Oct '17 11:20:15 PM ThatTwerp
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* Halley in ''Film/TheFloridaProject'' at first works as a stripper in order to support herself and her young daughter. When she gets fired, she tries to find other means of getting money, eventually having to resort to [[spoiler:becoming a prostitute, which ends badly for her and her daughter when word of this gets out]].
29th Jul '17 2:54:32 AM Piterpicher
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** BillPlympton's couch gag for "Beware My Cheating Bart" had a couch play the role of a single mom stripper.

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** BillPlympton's Creator/BillPlympton's couch gag for "Beware My Cheating Bart" had a couch play the role of a single mom stripper.
29th Jun '17 2:49:33 AM DesertDragon
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A Single Mom Stripper is a single woman working in any aspect of the sex trade (stripper, porn star/adult model, escort, hooker, masseuse, taxi-dancer, etc.) because she sees it as a practical way to support her child or children.

May be a HookerWithAHeartOfGold. The children might be treated as a SonOfAWhore, whether or not actual prostitution is involved. May also be used to give the DisposableSexWorker a sympathetic backstory. Compare with JustifiedCriminal. TruthInTelevision of course, but one must remember that plenty of strippers--with and without children--dance because they enjoy it and not because of circumstance.

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A Single Mom Stripper is a single woman working in any aspect of the sex trade (stripper, porn star/adult model, escort, hooker, masseuse, taxi-dancer, etc.) because she sees it as a practical way to support her child or children. On one hand, this trope can humanize these women and give them a story behind their beauty. But on the other hand, it can imply that a woman who is only in the business due to circumstance is [[MyGirlIsNotASlut more respectable]] than one who does it by choice.

May be a HookerWithAHeartOfGold. The children might be treated as a SonOfAWhore, whether or not actual prostitution is involved. May also be used to give the DisposableSexWorker a sympathetic backstory. Compare with JustifiedCriminal. TruthInTelevision of course, but one must remember that plenty of strippers--with and without children--dance because they enjoy it and not because of circumstance.
JustifiedCriminal.
26th May '17 11:17:15 AM KingLyger
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* The song "Rockabye" by Clean Bandit implies this about the subject of the song, who is going to "do what I got to do" to provide a better life for her young son, and also mentions how she can't find the child's father anywhere. The music video makes the stripping aspect more explicit, with the mother twirling on a stripper pole in a bar in her underwear.
24th Mar '17 2:03:21 AM WillBGood
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* Metallica's video for "Turn The Page" features a SingleMomStripper. And it just [[SickSadWorld goes spiraling from there]].

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* Metallica's video for "Turn The Page" features a SingleMomStripper. And it just [[SickSadWorld [[CrapsackWorld goes spiraling from there]].
17th Mar '17 6:02:25 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/JeanneDielman23QuaiDuCommerce1080Bruxelles'': Jeanne is a widow, and a prostitute who receives callers in her apartment during the day while her son is off at school.
28th Feb '17 7:50:20 AM catmuto
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* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' had Semimaru's mother raising him on her own, while working as a [[TheOldestProfession night-worker]].
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