The Stripper

Alison Carr

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The rapid fire of images around on billboards and television, in film and social media, can make it feel as though the most prevalent of them are of sexualised bodies on display. This chapter unpacks a wide range of representations of strippers, demonstrating the differing attitudes and biases at work in them. A defining aspect of the stripper is her sexy dancing. She pole-dances, twerks and grinds in laps. This makes her ideal for featuring in pop-music videos. Strippers appear in different types of media, from the marginal to the mainstream, from headlines and brief ass-shaking images to full monograph memoirs. However, the majority of stripper images tend to show young, female, taut, often white bodies on display. Visual art has played a part in the over-emphasis of the exteriors of beautiful naked women, while neglecting to consider their interiority. The canon of Western art presents an excess of naked women.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality
EditorsClarissa Smith, Feona Attwood, Brian McNair
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781315168302
ISBN (Print)9781138777217, 9780367581176
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions
PublisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis Group


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