Stripped

More Stories from Exotic Dancers, Completely Revised and Updated Edition

256 pages

January, 2017

ISBN: 9781479815692

$26

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Author

Bernadette Barton is Professor Sociology and Gender Studies at Morehead State University in Kentucky. She is the author of Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays.

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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 lap dancing, table dancing, topless only, and peep shows, to reveal the startling lives of exotic dancers. 

Originally published in 2006, the product of years of first-hand research in strip clubs around the country, Stripped is a classic portrait of what it’s like for those who choose to strip as a profession. Barton explores why women begin stripping, the initial excitement and financial rewards of 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 relationships, sexuality and self-esteem.  

In this completely revised and updated edition, Barton returns to the strip clubs she originally studied to observe the major changes in the industry that have occurred over the last decade. She examines how “raunch culture” affects exotic dancers’ treatment by their clientele, who are now accustomed to seeing nudity and sexualized performance in accessible, R and X -rated media from a variety of outlets, particularly the Internet. Barton explores how new media has  transformed exotic dancing, allowing dancers to build an online brand, but also introducing  possibilities for customers to take unauthorized nude photos and videos of the entertainers.. And finally, Barton speaks to new dancers as well as dancers she interviewed in the previous edition, examining how the toll of stripping still impacts the lives of exotic dancers in a changing industry. Incorporating new scholarship, new observations, and increased awareness of emerging media technology, Barton brings a fresh and important perspective on the challenges that women face working in the still-thriving world of exotic dancing. 

Reviews

  • "The world of exotic dancing is not what we think. And it’s far different than a decade ago when Barton wrote the first edition of Stripped. This important update shows how the spread of casual sex and internet pornography have changed the work of stripping and the place of strip clubs in American society."

    —Kathleen M. Blee, author of Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement

  • “In this new edition of Stripped, Bernadette Barton brings a nuanced and thorough analysis of stripping in the context of contemporary American culture. Situating the meaning and experience of stripping squarely in relationship to the emergence of ‘raunch culture,’ the rise of internet pornography, and the economic context of the Great Recession, Barton convincingly shows how the lives of women who strip have fundamentally changed in the last two decades, and not for the better. In the end, Barton succeeds in encouraging all of us to think deeply about and continue to debate sexual objectification as a serious feminist issue.”

    —Mimi Schippers, author of Beyond Monogamy: Polyamory and the Future of Polyqueer Sexualities