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ISBN:0814799329
Author: Bernadette Barton
ISBN13: 978-0814799321
Title: Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers
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Language: English
Category: Performing Arts
Publisher: NYU Press (May 1, 2006)
Pages: 195

Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers by Bernadette Barton



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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.

This book will take you way beyond Hollywood's clich's 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 ofUnbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body. A terrific read!Strippedis the best kind of feminist work: original, honest, and deeply engaging. 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. Going behind the stage and into the dressing room, Barton discovers a group of complex women performing, to say the least, a difficult job.

Barton presents as open-minded ‘intelligent risk takers’ who are ‘comfortable exploring things other people are scared o. -Carlin Romano,Philadelphia Inquirer. Written clearly with very little jargon, this volume sensitively explores the lives of exotic dancers. -Noralee Frankel,Archives of Sexual Behavior. 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.

STRIPPED: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers. Bernadette Barton takes us inside countless strip bars and clubs, from upscale to back road as well as those that specialize in lap dancing, table dancing, topless only, and peep shows, to reveal the startling lives of exotic dancers. By Bernadette Barton. New York: New York University Press, 2006.

By Bernadette Barton. Authors and affiliations. First Online: 02 July 2011. Every time strippers perform, they work hard for the money by simulating sexual arousal

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.

Reviews: 7
Onoxyleili
Needed this for a Human Sexuality Class. Read it cover-to-cover and used it to answer a lot of questions by the Professor. Was pretty insightful. I have a new understanding of something I was too quick to judge.
Shakataxe
Well done!! Really answers questions about this industry, and the women who work it. I'm only half way through the book, but its well done. Well written, includes footnotes, bibliography for further research, but could be read without going deeper as well.
greed style
The author has done an excellent job providing me with a view of a world which I haven't dared explore. I found this book to be well researched and unbiased, as well as well written and fun to read.
I was actually surprised at how much I can relate to a stripper's profession. In a way, it's a more raunchy section of the customer service industry. You have to give the customer what they want, make them feel like royalty, and the job can go from fun to crummy within the space of five minutes.
Gandree
As a gay man, I did not expect to find much common ground with female strippers, but thanks to Barton's nonjudgmental and compassionate tone, and her steadfast refusal to pigeonhole the dancers into any particular academic theory, I found myself relating to the women--or well, at least some of them--as outsiders. I think anybody dissatisfied with the relentless commoditization of bodies and sexuality will find compelling stories and analysis in this book. Not that it's all doom and gloom: even as Barton describes the undeniable degradation--or toll--of sex work, she also focuses on the many ways strippers subvert the system in which they exist (or sometimes, sadly, don't). She writes with a pragmatic empathy and sense of humor that not only humanizes the dancers, but ultimately herself, which I have to imagine is her own trick of subversion in the often dry and constrained world of academia.
Qus
Found this book very repetitive. Everything the author had to say could have been communicated in half as many pages, or less. I also felt this book was not very well organized. More often than not, the transitions from text to interview dialogue and quotes were awkward and disjointed.

I was also annoyed that the book was touted as an unbiased scholarly work which didn't demonize or glamorize the work of exotic dancers. The book most definitely cast a negative light on strippers and their work.

The book left me wondering how Barton chose her "informants" and what her motives were in selecting the many lengthy quotes. I know a couple of exotic dancers (one of whom has been dancing for 17 years) and while they say their work is NOT EASY, they don't want out. It seemed everyone Barton spoke to wanted out of the industry, but just couldn't give up the money. Also, while neither of my dancer friends has been to college, their grammar is MUCH better than the grammar used by interview subjects in the book. Many uses of "aint" etc. If you are looking for an interesting and insightful book about this industry, my advice would be to keep looking.
Kale
Real interesting book. This book is the write up of a sociology study on the subject. There is nothing real dirty in the book. The author focuses on what the girls do the dancing and the impact of that activity on the dancer. You see in the book how what they do does effect who they are. Through reading the book you will see this common day idea of segregating things in our lives is wrong. Activities in one area of our life say work like the girls in the book does have an impact on the mental frame of mind. You could argue how that happens and there is good reasons there to discuss. The shortfall on the book is the lack of statistical data to support the claims. However once you read the notes her collection method was focus group interviews. It is hard to get statistical reports from that.

Overall it is a good book but for reasons most people will miss. After reading the book you will see the links between mind, body and soul.
Monin
Read this in a seminar class. Unforgettable and filled with interesting, important information.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I came across it for a research project about strippers. This book was a hit! I love the angle she writes on the dancers, without bias. She doesn't trash strippers like most fems would, strippers are people too! Surprisingly some are our future doctors... getting by in America is the root of the issue. I would recommend this book to refresh the one sided person, and for the fellows out there, don't be rude boys.