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    People Can't Get Over How Supportive These Parents Are After Their Daughter Shared News About Her Sex Work Through A PowerPoint Presentation

    "There is nothing my children do or don’t do that would take away my love and acceptance of them."

    Warning: This article discusses topics related to sexual assault. 

    Over 5.4 million people have tuned in to watch Lexi, the now self-proclaimed "PowerPoint Stripper," flip through a slideshow presentation titled "Today I Reveal to You a Secret," which she used to break the news of her new trade to her parents.

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    Lexi and her family have all requested that their last names remain anonymous. 

    In the viral video — which was filmed by Lexi's sister, Sami — Lexi stands before her parents and explains, "This secret pertains to my life and doesn't affect anyone. The only reason I'm sharing is because I want the people I love and trust the most to know what's going on in my life and be a part of my journey."

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    "What the secret DOES mean: I'm talented, I'm cool, I'm powerful," she continued. "What the secret DOES NOT mean: I'm pregnant or in danger."

    Handsome Squidward to show what the secret does mean, and a not-so-handsome Squidward to show what the secret does not mean
    Lexi

    "I'm a stripper!" Lexi then announced.

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    Before her parents had a chance to respond, the 22-year-old flipped to another slide and answered a few frequently asked questions, including: why she has decided to pursue stripping, how she stays safe, if she participates in other forms of sex work, and whether or not she is paid under the table.

    A stock image of a man standing at a podium with a smirk on his face
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    Honestly, it's pretty comprehensive.

    "It's a sex-positive environment where my body and sexuality can be expressed and celebrated safely," Lexi explained during her presentation. "I've healed so much through dancing and feel empowered when I perform. I learned a difficult skill in pole dancing and I'm so proud of myself."

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    "I really appreciate you being forthright and sharing your life with us," Lexi's mom, Jen, said when her presentation came to an end. "You are powerful."

    One person commented, 'Your mom is so supportive omfg'
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    "It just adds more color to the flavor of the family," her father, Adrian, agreed.

    Lex says the only question her dad asked is how much money she's making
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    The video's comment section is filled with not only a wave of support for Lexi and applause for her presentation-crafting skills, but also a general awe over her parents' unwavering and unequivocal support.

    Is this...is this what a functional and healthy family looks like???
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    So, I spoke with the whole family — Lexi, Sami, Jen, and Adrian — about what it took to cultivate their open and supportive family dynamic, which began under unfortunately heartbreaking circumstances.

    For Lexi, the steps leading her toward the empowerment she feels through sex work started when she was in high school. "At 16, my adult fast food manager decided he was going to take my virginity without my consent or even me being conscious. This changed my life," she said. "I went off to my dream college, where a fellow student forced himself on me despite telling him no repeatedly before and during the event."

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    "I advocated for myself actively with the university and the police, but neither were interested in addressing the fact that one of their star football players had raped me...

    But it didn't break me. I knew I needed therapy and to see a psychiatrist, and I did both. As I was recovering, though, stripping became very attractive to me as a sex-POSITIVE way for me to interact with people in a sexual way, have my sexuality celebrated, and bring happiness to others — all WITH my consent. And I have had exactly that kind of experience as a stripper. "

    "What makes this a difficult topic is that, with most controversial topics, there is always more than one side to the story," her mother, Jen, said. "Is there a lot of harm that can happen from this type of work? Absolutely! Do some people find this to be oppressive and objectifying women? Yes! There is validity to the stereotypes and concerns any parent would have to this news. [But] there is nothing my children do or don’t do that would take away my love and acceptance of them. Life is an individual journey, and we are all here to learn and grow."

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    "[After Lexi's assault, the police] did nothing, which only added to her sense of powerlessness," she said. "Lexi has always loved performing, being on stage, makeup, and people. She lights up any room! [And] I could see she genuinely was finding some form of healing and empowerment [by] being bold and confident in her sexuality. It all made sense to me that this was genuinely something she would find fulfilling in some way."

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    "As parents, I think we’ve been taught that we MUST feel certain ways about our children’s decisions, and that their career choices are a chief reflection of our success as parents. That’s too much pressure for me!" her father, Adrian, said. "We have seen parents disown their children when they choose a different path, with little interest in understanding their own child. ... That's small thinking."

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    "I do not judge my success as a parent by how well my kids become just like me, but by how comfortable they are in talking to us," he continued. "I believe this video reflects the years of open communication we have sought to foster among our children. Which, of course, came after many years of real struggle."

    Jen and Adrian both acknowledged that they raised their kids in a conservative household with an emphasis on religion, which Adrian said didn't always work.

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    "Our conservative approach to parenting, including religious shame, led to our girls hiding things from us during high school," he said. "Basically, in our efforts to teach them 'morals,' their main concern became not disappointing us, and in so doing, we taught them to lie to us. [But] our awareness of these circumstances caused us to take the more difficult parenting route: having the tough conversations with our children that forged trust and acceptance."

    Since then, both Lexi and her sister Sami, the viral videographer, have known that they can approach their parents with anything. "We knew at the end of the day [that Lexi choosing sex work] wouldn’t change our relationship with our parents," Sami said. "While we all have vastly different spiritual and ethical beliefs, my parents are amazing examples of putting their relationships with their children ahead of their need to be 'right.'"

    Sami

    "If someone is content in their career choice as a sex worker, shall I judge them?" Adrian concluded. "I’ll let someone else cast the first stone."

    Protestors holding signs in support of decriminalizing sex work
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    Lexi hopes her video, circumstances, and family can help bring sex work out of the dark and into rounded conversations.

    "Sex work has always been a part of human society, but to this day many people are uncomfortable discussing it. ... An open dialogue is the first step to liberation, and, as my mother does, accepting it even if you don’t condone it," Lexi said. "My story is about the importance and power of love, acceptance, not judging others, listening to understand, and breaking stereotypes, as well as overcoming trauma and abuse. I hope this encourages people to listen with empathy to other sex workers' stories also."

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    If you'd like to keep up with the family, you can follow Lexi on TikTok, as well as Sami.

    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search your local center here.