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Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers

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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
Paperback, 195 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by New York University Press (first published 2006)
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Feb 16, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it
Pretty good. A mostly thoughtful narrative that aims to explain the attraction to stripping for women and the costs most regularly associated with it. Not anti-stripping, but realistic and institutionally situated. Good solid sociology.
Dec 07, 2010 Ariel rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic and realistic look at the world of exotic dancing. It was nice that the book focused more on daily life, on the ups and downs of the job, but not necessarily on the childhood of the dancers that so many books focus on. It was very interesting! I enjoyed it a lot!
Apr 14, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it
I've always thought that stripping as a profession is more damaging to women than empowering, as some people claim. The author interviews women who strip for a living to get to the bottom of the damaging vs. empowering debate. Guess what? I'm right.
Apr 08, 2011 Jenny rated it it was ok
I was disappointed as I thought I would read some eye-opening accounts from different women in the industry. It was a lot of what I already knew though it was interesting to read about these women as individuals. Still, it's depressing that I have my master's degree and I make less money than a woman who is taking off her clothes for a living. It shows how much a woman's body is still valued more over her brain in our society.
Apr 21, 2012 Joni rated it it was ok
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It was okay, a little bit interesting and quite a bit depressing, but I learned something about other people and that is a always good thing.
Jan 11, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
As a former stripper, I was hoping for more. I'll leave it for you to decide. It was fairly informative, but nothing surprising was revealed to me. Not a bad book. Not a great book.
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