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Author Frank, Katherine.

Title G-strings and sympathy : strip club regulars and male desire / Katherine Frank
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2002


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Description xxx, 331 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Preface: Skin Brings Men -- Ch. 1. Observing the Observers: Methods and Themes -- Ch. 2. Laurelton and Its Strip Clubs: The Historical, Physical, and Social Terrain -- Interlude: Strawberries (fiction) -- Ch. 3. Just Trying to Relax: Masculinity, Touristic Practice, and the Idiosyncrasies of Power -- Ch. 4. The Pursuit of the Fantasy Penis: Bodies, Desires, and Ambiguities -- Interlude: Fakes (fiction) -- Ch. 5. "I'm Not Like the Other Guys": Claims to Authentic Experience -- Ch. 6. Hustlers, Pros, and the Girl Next Door: Social Class, Race, and the Consumption of the Authentic Female Body -- Interlude: The Management of Hunger (fiction) -- Ch. 7. The Crowded Bedroom: Marriage, Monogamy, and Fantasy -- Ch. 8. Disciplining Erotic Practice
Summary Frank's ethnography draws on her work as an exotic dancer in five clubs, as well as on her interviews with over thirty regular customers. Reflecting on the customers' dual desires for intimacy and visibility, she explores their paradoxical longings for "authentic" interactions with the dancers, the ways these aspirations are expressed within the highly controlled and regulated strip clubs, and how they relate to beliefs and fantasies about social class and gender. Focusing on the experiences of the male clients, rather than those of the female sex workers, G-Strings and Sympathy provides a nuanced, lively, and tantalizing account of the stigmatized world of strip clubs. [from publisher's advertisement]
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Striptease.
Striptease -- Social aspects.
Men -- Sexual behavior.
LC no. 2002005516
ISBN 0822329816 cloth alkaline paper
0822329727 paperback alkaline paper