Let’s start by saying something a few guys out there might see as controversial: strip clubs are sh*t.
Not only is it an altogether seedy and sexist experience, full of grubby men throwing money at women who are just looking to earn a living, it’s also very expensive and rarely as arousing as you would imagine.
Unfortunately, it’s also been a staple of many a stag-do with the uninformed among us viewing the standard trip to a strip club as something of a rite of passage for the groom.
Or at least, that used to be the case.
The good news is that, in 2016, things are changing for the better – and who would have thought we’d be saying that about anything after the year we’ve all just had?
According to figures released by professional stage do specialists The Stag Company, there has been a 47% drop in lap dancing requests.
In fact, men on the whole appear to be shying away from the clichéd weekend of beer and boobs in favourite of something a little more…well, fun.
“Men want original, authentic experiences that they’ll cherish and remember for the right reasons”
Not only have night club pre-bookings dipped 29% over the past year, but the number of guys booking activities like go karting and bubble football has gone up.
The Stag Company CEO, Rob Hill said: “Our booking patterns show that stag do stereotypes are wearing thin – men want original, authentic experiences that they’ll cherish and remember for the right reasons.”
The result is a 28% boost in the number of groups booking fine dining experiences while The Stag Company has even gone as far as introducing a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea package, which is being trialled initially in Leeds.
Part of an overall push to move further away from traditional laddish behaviour, the world of stag dos may never be the same and there are probably a fair few blokes out there that will be mightily relieved about that.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.