Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers / Edition 1

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Overview

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

From the Publisher

“Makes an impressive contribution to the sociology of work and its intersection with sex and gender studies at the theoretical and applied levels. It is an excellent examples of the rich data and critical methodological insights that can emerge in the course of engaged field research.”
-American Journal of Sociology

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“The thrust of stripper scholarship is that both dancers and customers are more like your next-door neighbors. Some are your next-door neighbors.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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“Compelling. . . . This accessibly written, matter-of-fact book makes important contributions to what is known about the lives and experiences of the growing number of women who 'dance' naked for money. . . . Throughout, the author listens attentively to the shifting, insightful, diverse voices of women with whom she has a palpably respectful connection. Barton uses the complex picture that emerges to engage longstanding debates over the meanings of commodified femininity and sexuality.”
-Choice

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“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.”
-Susan Bordo,author of Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body

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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814799338
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 819,769
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernadette C. Barton is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : come inside and see the show 1
1 Becoming a stripper 24
2 Dancing on the Mobius strip 41
3 Bad girls 73
4 The toll 89
5 "You have to be sexually open" 110
6 Sticking together 129
7 "Everything is not okay" 145
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