Strategic flirting and the emotional tab of exotic dancing

  • Deshotels T
  • Forsyth C
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The paper uses the concept strategic flirting, an aspect of emotional labor, to challenge the dichotomous view that sex work is either exploitative or empowering for exotic dancers. The findings suggest a more nuanced understanding of the advantages of sexual power & expenditures of emotional labor. Data were gleaned from interviews with 112 female dancers in several cities. Data from dancers indicate significant support for both the sexual radical/libertarian view -- that she is the dominant party in the sexual transaction -- & the radical feminist view that exotic dancing has detrimental consequences. Both the feminist & sociology of emotions literatures are explored for applications to the dancers' work. References. Adapted from the source document.

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  • Tina Deshotels

  • Craig J. Forsyth

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