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G-strings and sympathy : strip club regulars and male desire

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]
Print Book, English, 2002
Duke University Press, Durham, 2002