The eroticism of the striptease may be, in part, nostalgic. But more than this, it celebrates a time when bare flesh was not so ubiquitous. As a result, Barthes' words were never more true. There is nothing left to discover. This is, in Barthes' words, "the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance". The dancer, and the audience, know that once she is naked, the show is over.