I wont directly quote, but comment on a few posts in general
I have never viewed what I do as degrading, I am confident in my body and happy doing what I do. It is society that causes the problem. No I would discourage a daughter of mine entering the industry, but not because of what the industry provides but because society has created such a stigma about the industry that the side effects are the difficulty in forming a loving relation, having to live a duplicite life and having to deal with people you truly believe are one step away from a sex offender, (of course these are in the minority).
As for the "You could do better" lines, well I am too old to take much notice. I take it as neither an insult or compliment, but as evidence of a lack of social skills.
Of course I have been verbally assaulted or had my fair share of verbal abuse, but it is all a power thing. Many get their kicks off feeling they have a woman that will pander to their every whim. This is not limited to this industry. How many times have you witnessed some prick treat a waiter/ess like a lackey in a restaurant?
If a situation gets more serious, then thankfully we have security. Only last week a customer decided to get heavy handed with a girl, and she ran out of the room, (she already had visible bruises on her even after a few minutes). Our security guy is from a different environment to merry Ol' England, and thus has more "creative" measures with dealing with these kind of people.