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January 21, 2005

There's good money in stripping. It's quite a statement to make to anyone, let alone eighth-graders at a career day function.

Yet, the Associated Press reports that William Fried told eighth-graders at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto, California, that stripping and exotic dancing could be lucrative career moves for girls. They could earn $250,000 or more per year, he said, depending on their bust size.

Fried, president of a management consulting firm, elaborated when contacted afterward by the AP. "It's sick, but it's true," he said. "The truth of the matter is you can earn a tremendous amount of money as an exotic dancer, if that's your desire."

A tip sheet that Fried distributes to students includes a list of 140 potential careers and areas of interest. Along with such professions as accounting and nursing, the list offers such nontraditional suggestions as exotic dancing, stripping, and acting as a spiritual medium.

Fried had spoken to students before in his popular, 55-minute presentation, "The Secret of a Happy Life." He counsels them to experiment with a variety of interests until they discover something they love and excel in.

But school officials say they are reconsidering using him in the future after the latest presentation, in which some students asked Fried to expand on why he included "exotic dancing" on the list. Fried spent about a minute answering the questions. Student Jason Garcia, 14, recalled him saying: "For every two inches up there, you should get another $50,000 on your salary,"

"A couple of students egged him on, and he took it hook, line and sinker," Principal Joseph Di Salvo said.

Di Salvo, who wasn't at the presentation, said he didn't know about the exchange until parents began calling him the next morning. One mother said she was outraged when her son announced that he was forgoing college for a career in a field he truly loves, fishing.

Source: Associated Press, via the Boston Globe

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