"Making a Spectacle of Herself": On Women's Bodies in the Skin Trades

  • Christine Bruckert University of Ottawa
  • Sylvie Frigon University of Ottawa
Keywords: Sex work, Erotic dancers, Women's bodies


In this article, we undertake a reading of erotic dance/dancers through the body lens attending to questions of meanings and subjectivity. Women's bodies in strip clubs emerged as contested terrain so that while the axes of beauty, sexuality and labour were oppressive, they were also the sites of subversion and resistance. Additionally, the research revealed erotic dancers to be simultaneously defined as in danger and dangerous. We conclude that their ownership of sexuality as spectacle and their spectacle of sexuality threatens patriarchal discourses and practices.
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