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G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire Paperback – December 5, 2002
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Ina Rimpau, Newark P.L., NJ
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I'll grant that, superficially, this is a darned easy question to answer.
Still, one of the real strengths of the book is that Frank was able to see past her academic preconceptions and discover an emotional terrain that was not what she anticipated. The standard feminist analysis (male power and domination of women) didn't shed much light on male motivation. She considers a range of possible agendas, from the obvious to the esoteric, and never settles on a trite or doctrinaire analysis.
The book keeps feeling like its on the verge of a profound insight but it never seems to find it. Frankly, even though the author wasn't trying to focus on the women who work as exotic dancers, it was fascinating to learn the tricks and scripts used to create the illusion of intimacy and authenticity.
Final words. Now that I have warned you that this is not novel or erotic book (so look elswhere if that is what you are looking for, it was NOT what I was looking for), you may then put on your PhD psychologist/sociologist hat on and find some fault with the research methods employed. And well you should. There is bias and quasi-experimental method design and variant sample selection including straight up convenience sampling (which is just fine when used properly). But the thing is that is, it is still a book and not dissertation so I can't really get carried away can I?
This book is notable most for the perspective it takes.Read more ›
Take this as an example: Frank cites David Harvey saying that "Spatial and temporal practices can thus 'appear as "realized myth" and so become an essential ideological ingredient to social reproduction'" (58–59), which essentially means that the things people do and when people do them form culture. But that would be too easy to understand to be a valid academic formulation, when we can use words like "practices" and "ideological" in place of "culture" and "cultural." Frank also seems surprised, or faux surprised, that different strip clubs specialize in different things.
The obvious gets its due: "All of the men I interviewed noted that the interactive nature of the encounters they had at strip clubs was a significant pleasurable part of the experience." If it wasn't pleasurable they presumably wouldn't go. Each problem on its own is minor. Taken together, they make the book not really worth reading—or, to use its own language, "interrogating."
Franks cites other source a lot -- more than any other book I've read. Nearly every paragrah refers to an exterior source. I found this a little distracting.
Overall, I'm not sorry I read the book, but be prepared -- it does not wisk you along -- you really have to fight to glean Frank's points.
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Good information and an interesting study of the motivations of folks who go to "The Club".Published 19 months ago by Racer X
Read this book in 2003, after finding the names and phone numbers of over 20 women in my husband's address book in his brief case. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by kpi95
A perfect triad:
Dancing for Dollars, Enveloped by Venus, G-Strings and Sympathy
Hey, I'm smart, educated, beautiful, enjoy my work, for the most part, and... Read more
Until now there have been many many tales written by erotic dancers and few to none about the guys who frequent the thousands of establishments on a regular basis. Read morePublished on July 27, 2008 by George Albright, Esq
With the popularity of the exotic dancer/sex worker as Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and sociology, many dissertations have been published the past few years. Read morePublished on April 4, 2008 by Michael Hemmingson