Where Am I Going To Stop?: Exotic Dancing, Fluid Body Boundaries, And Effects On Identity
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. © Taylor & Francis Inc.
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Wesely, Jennifer K., "Where Am I Going To Stop?: Exotic Dancing, Fluid Body Boundaries, And Effects On Identity" (2003). Scopus Export 2000s. 2130.