Flesh for Fantasy by Danielle Egan
Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance

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With a recent burst of feature films, documentaries, and books on strippers, the business of exotic dancing is hotter than ever. Over the last decade there has been a steadily expanding interest in exotic dance, from its role as an "art form" to its benefits as a means of exercise. While the breadth of discussion generated on this topic has expanded, the fundamental debate remains the same: are female strippers empowering themselves or allowing themselves to be exploited?

With her follow-up to Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire, M. Lisa Johnson moves beyond the old debates and gives the reader a glimpse of what exotic dancing is like through the eyes of the stripper. The essays here cover everything from workplace policies and conditions to legal restrictions to customer behavior and the struggle to overcome the stereotypes associated with the profession.

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R. Danielle Egan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She is the co-editor with Katherine Frank and Merri, L. Johnson of the anthology "Flesh for Fantasy: The Production and Consumption of Exotic Dance," Egan has published work in "Critical Sociology," "Body and Society," "Deviant Behavior" and "The Journal of Psychoanalysis, Society and Culture," In addition to her work on exotic dance, she has written on post 9/11 rhetoric, pedagogy, and popular culture. Katherine Frank's most recent biography, "A Passage to Egypt: The Life of Lucie Duff Gordon", earned a rave front-page review in the "New York Times Book Review". Frank is also the author of "A Voyager Out", a life of Mary Kingsley, & "A Chainless Soul", a life of Emily Bronte, which was hailed by New York Daily News. Her work on "Indira" involved six years of extensive travel & research. Merri Lisa Johnson has published widely on representations of female sexuality in literature and popular culture. She is Editor of "Jane Sexes It Up" (2001) and of two online collections: a special issue of "Women Writers" on "Autobiographical Literary Criticism" and a special issue of "The Scholar and Feminist" on "Feminist Television Studies: The Case of HBO." She is Director of the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Carolina-Upstate.
Published December 21, 2005 by Seal Press. 272 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In other words, readers should skip the long-winded introduction and head straight for the entertaining account of how Miss Mary Ann and her co-workers at San Francisco's Lusty Lady formed the Exotic Dancer's Alliance: the descriptions of the lawyers hired by the club's management in an attempt t...

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