Sunday 20 October 2019

Revealed: 60% of Irish women say they'd hate this one thing to happen at a hen party they'd attended

Most say they wouldn't know where to look

Photo by Tom the Photographer

Karen Birney,

From vintage tea bus rides to escape rooms, and flower crown making to muddy adventure races it's fair to say hen parties have come a long way from penis straws and a night on the tiles.

But while many hens get a kick out of the myriad phallic paraphernalia that can be donned for the day that's in it, there's one thing the majority of Irish ladies really don't want to see at a hen these days - a male stripper.

In fact, a poll by has found that 60% of women* would hate it if a stripper turned up to a batchelorette party they had attended, because they wouldn't know where to look!

Bruce Henry, founder of hen party planning company, says the time of the male stripper has well and truly gone, and explained that in the five years since he launched his company he's never been asked to arrange a striptease for the bride.

"We've planned over 600 hen parties and we have never received a request from a hen to include a stripper on the night," says Bruce, "if I'm being honest, I don't actually know anyone that has been on a hen where a stripper was involved in recent years."

Read more: Is the male stripper a thing of the past for Irish hen parties?

Bruce explains that when he started his company, his aim was to offer Irish brides and their pals 'unique experiences' that they couldn't find anywhere else, and particularly to supply the demand for activities that didn't involve strippers.

"As more and more millennial brides get married, they're moving away from the traditional garish hen party activities with the penis straws and inflatable "companion" and embracing new and exciting activities that are thoughtful and memorable," says Bruce, who offers alternatives such as jewellery pearl making class, painting with prosecco, afternoon G&T parties and murder mysteries (including one entitled 'Keeping up with' which involves hens getting into character as a famous family trying to solve the mystery of a missing raven-haired sister).

One way to avoid the idea of a stripper perhaps is the new trend for hen and stags to party together instead of separating friends into traditional male and female camps.

The joint hen and stag (or 'Sten do', to some) has become more and more popular for couples who have been together for a long time before tying the knot, and who find that they are unable to separate their pool of friends.

Activities such as karaoke nights, weekends away, adventure races and watersports all work with mixed gender 'Hags' (depending on the personality of the group) and most likely, won't include a striptease at the end of the night (or one that's been paid for, at least).

*121 polled

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