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Behind the G-string : an exploration of the stripper's image, her person, and her meaning
Scott, David Alexander.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 2003.

Physical Description:
viii, 254 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published in 1996.
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PN1949.S7 S36 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

David A. Scott lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1. The Businessp. 7
2. I Was Broke, I Needed a Job, and I Got Drunkp. 11
3. The Up Sidep. 25
4. The Down Sidep. 44
5. Getting In and Out of Characterp. 61
6. The Sublime Vision, Part 1: Projectionp. 78
7. The Sublime Vision, Part 2: Screenp. 95
8. The Goddessp. 114
9. The Demonp. 124
10. Scenes from the Sushi Barp. 142
11. Being Supported and Getting Crushedp. 159
12. Familyp. 170
13. Circuit Lore: Images, Oddities, Drugs, Deathp. 177
14. Burlesque: The Exposure and the Vitalityp. 192
15. Who's Zoomin' Who?p. 216
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 251