"Where am i going to stop?": exotic dancing, fluid body boundaries, and effects on identity
Abbreviated Journal Title
DEVIANT OCCUPATION; STRIP CLUB; STRIPTEASERS; STRATEGIES; CAREER; DANCER; Criminology & Penology; Psychology, Social; Sociology
Female exotic dancers earn a living through particularly objectified and sexualized constructions of their bodies. In order to increase cash reward, dancers may allow their body boundaries to be "fluid," deciding on a customer-by-customer basis how they will interact physically. These body compromises can lead to a variety of identity problems for the women. This article thus builds on exotic dancing literature about stigma and deviance by incorporating a deeper look at these body and identity conflicts. Using in-depth interviews with female exotic dancers, this article explores the ongoing negotiation of fluid body boundaries experienced by the women who strip for a living, and the identity meanings and effects of related body compromises.
""Where am i going to stop?": exotic dancing, fluid body boundaries, and effects on identity" (2003). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 4123.