Behind the G-String: An Exploration of the Stripper's Image, Her Person and Her Meaning

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - Social Science - 262 pages
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In recent years, the number of strip clubs in the United States has increased dramatically. Dressed up with terms such as "gentlemen's clubs," they often feature valet parking, limousines, executive dining rooms, extravagant menus-and, of course, topless or nude women dancing on stage. Stripping has become a big business, with over 3.5 million people, primarily men, attending clubs each week. But what about the women who perform in the clubs? Why do they do it? What is their perception of their job? Numerous interviews with working strippers accompany extensive research in the literature. Some strippers see stripping as simply a job, others view it with a degree of embarrassment, while many see it as an opportunity for empowerment. Few became strippers by design but a surprising number continue to strip for many years. The use of drugs and instances of abuse are covered, as are the views of the strippers' families.

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I am not qualified to review the book as I haven't read but a few passages. One that I did read stated the incidence of childhood sexual abuse among american females ranged from 20-30%. The author then argues that until comparative research shows differently in the stripper sub-group, we have no reason to believe they are any different. Well, there's research-a-plenty showing the rate among strippers of being adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse to be no less than 60% and appearing to more likely be 80% or higher. No, i'm not going to go look up sources. I'm writing this on a whim. im familiar with the literature. I received my master's degree in clinical psychology from unlv and worked with the stripper population on more than one occasion. Because he displays ignorance on such a fundamental issue, I question the clarity of the author's analysis and assessment. However, I restate, i have no knowledge of the general quality of the book. It very likely is a fine read in spite of the issue i came across... 

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David A. Scott lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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