Academic journal article et Cetera

Strip Show: Performances of Gender and Desire

Academic journal article et Cetera

Strip Show: Performances of Gender and Desire

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Katherine Liepe-Levinson. Strip Show: Performances of Gender and Desire. New York: Routledge, 2002.

This book offers an account of an unprecedented North American study of contemporary female and male strip shows. It particularly focuses on the contradictory sex roles, cultural positions, and performance practices of "straight" strip shows during their second heyday in the early 1990s. (In the interests of full "disclosure," be advised that I am proudly reviewing my wife's book. - MHL)

Liepe-Levinson's research took her to over seventy different strip bars, clubs, theaters, and sex emporia ranging from elaborate lap-dancing and couch dancing "gentlemen's" clubs in New York, Houston, and San Francisco; to Peoria's onetime duplex cabaret where women strip for men downstairs, and men for women upstairs; to the nightclubs of Montreal where female and male performers display the "Full Monty." The result of this investigation is a well-documented, comprehensive, and highly readable book.

The author concentrates on the cultural and theatrical elements of the strip shows themselves, including the geographic locations and interior designs of the clubs, the choreography and costumes of the dancers, and the all-important participation of the audience. …

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