Thesis: Keeping Things Inside: The Hidden Transcript of Exotic Dancers

Abstract:

This project describes the personal relationships in the lives of exotic dancers and the way in which the stigma of working in a sex related occupation affects these relationships.

Family, significant others and outside friendships are all examined in relation to the issues they face as a direct result of the stereotypes about exotic dancers and strip clubs.

Specific focus is paid to the interactions and friendships between dancers and the other women they work with inside strip clubs. These relationships have a unique function and characteristics that are crucial to how a woman copes with the emotional labors of working in the sex industry.