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The Happy Stripper: Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesque
If the burlesque stripper, with her bawdy spirit and unruly insubordination, has emerged for many as a new 'empowering' model for the sexually aware woman, then she also strikes horror in the heard of second wave feminism. Embodied by high profile artists such as Dita von Teese and Catherine d'Lish, the explosive revival of striptease, burlesque and overt female sexual per ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris
(first published January 8th 2007)
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Dec 28, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it
I thought this was going to be a book on burlesque but it turned out to be so much more. Willson looks at periods in time when burlesque was most popular as they coincided with times of great change and unrest in western society. She also tackles the question of whether burlesque performers are feminists or pandering to the patriarchy. Some really good arguments/opinions in this book that will have me pondering long after reading.
I think by providing all the evidence, including some the reader didn't need hurt Willson's arguement. For example, she started to talk about the Iraq war and women's rights there and how it comparted to the West, but then just left it. I thought that her arguement would lead me in one direction just to have it stopped abruptly and go in another, the best example is the Middle Eastern rights. I thoght that she should have tied everything together more, instead of jumping around so much.