Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers

Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers

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by Bernadette C. Barton
     
 

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What kind of woman dances naked for money? Bernadette Barton takes us inside countless strip bars and clubs, from upscale to back road as well as those that specialize in lapdancing, table dancing, topless only, or peep shows, to reveal the startling lives of exotic dancers.

Based on over five years of research and from visiting clubs around the country,

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What kind of woman dances naked for money? Bernadette Barton takes us inside countless strip bars and clubs, from upscale to back road as well as those that specialize in lapdancing, table dancing, topless only, or peep shows, to reveal the startling lives of exotic dancers.

Based on over five years of research and from visiting clubs around the country, particularly in San Francisco, Hawaii, and Kentucky, Stripped offers a rare portrait of not just how dancers get into the business but what it's like for those who choose to strip year after year. Through captivating interviews and first-hand observation, Barton recounts why these women began stripping, the initial excitement and financial rewards from the work, the dangers of the life—namely, drugs and prostitution—and, inevitably, the difficulties in staying in the business over time, especially for their sexuality and self-esteem.

Stripped provides fresh insight into the complex work and personal experiences of exotic dancers, one that goes beyond the “sex wars” debate to offer an important new understanding of sex work.

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Editorial Reviews

Courier-Journal
"Stripped is a revealing book about a revealing (and controversial) trade that focuses on a philosophical clash between old--and new--school feminism."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814787045
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
195
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Susan Bordo
"Fascinating, insightful, and surprisingly balanced. This book will take you way beyond Hollywood's clichés and into the realities of stripping, and you'll emerge with a deeper understanding of the pleasures and the costs of being the object of male fantasies."
author of Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body
Katherine Frank
"With Stripped, Barton makes an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about the effects of stripping on the women who actually take their clothes off. The polarized nature of the debates sometimes makes it difficult to say anything complicated about sex work--it is either said to be empowering for women or degrading to them. Yet, of course, things are never that simple--and Barton's arguments provide a significant alternative to such binary thinking."
author of G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire
Kathleen Blee
"A terrific read! Stripped is the best kind of feminist work: original, honest, and deeply engaging. Barton's remarkable insights into the work and private lives of exotic dancers move far beyond notions of strippers as exploited or empowered to uncover more hidden aspects of this world--its burdens of emotional labor, social stigma, exhaustion, and boredom as well as experiences of athleticism, ego-gratification, intimacy, and even spirituality."
author of Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement

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Meet the Author

Bernadette C. Barton is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Her books include Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers and Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays.

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