Get a load of the stripper’s mother’s comments in this story:

An exotic dancer who decorated her home with skulls and a severed hand has been arrested and charged with improper disposition of human remains, authorities said.

Police responding to a report Friday of a suicidal person at the home of 31-year-old Linda Kay discovered a large, crudely severed human hand in a mason jar of formaldehyde on the dresser of Kay’s basement bedroom, according to the police report. … While human skulls may be purchased online, the origin of the hand is more troubling. The police report states it was severed roughly, not surgically, with bone fragments in the jar.

Kay’s mother told the newspaper that her daughter had always been fascinated with the macabre. As a girl she found and collected animal skulls and snake skeletons. Patricia Ann Kay said her daughter purchased the human skulls from a mail order catalog.

“She has a flair for the dramatic,” her mother told the newspaper for Tuesday’s editions. “I have never tried to stop my children from doing whatever they want. As long as they are happy, aren’t hurting anyone, and it’s keeping them out of the poor house.”

This is the mentality behind people who volunteer to debase themselves on “reality” TV shows and in various other capacities. People used to prefer to keep their dignity, even if it meant being poor. Then again, parents used to try to instill such a preference into their children ? after all, a commitment to personal dignity and integrity is a trait that tends to breed success in the long run.

I can imagine a mother encouraging a poor adult daughter, Stick it out, don’t forget yourself, and consider the alternative ? hey kiddo, at least you’re not stripping in some death-obsessed nightclub and going through life surrounded by skulls, severed body parts, and suicidal friends. I can’t imagine it the other way around. But that appears to be the end result of such “anything but poor” parenting.

On a related note: Mike Adams wrote recently about a female student who was considering becoming a stripper, since “some topless dancers make more money than professors.” Mike made the adult argument that some things are more important than money, including self-esteem (the touchy-feely word for dignity).