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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (Dec 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822329727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822329725
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #752,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While this is obviously adapted from academic material, Frank uses her experience as an exotic dancer to dig into the question of why men frequent strip clubs.
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.
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I've read a number of books dealing with this genre, but this was (by far) the most dry. It is extremely clinical, and reads more like a doctoral dissertation than a book. That's not to say that there weren't some interesting points made in the book, but you REALLY had to dig through the anthro jargon.
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Understand the book for its actual theme Dec 12 2003
By Michael Booker - Published on Amazon.com
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While this is obviously adapted from academic material, Frank uses her experience as an exotic dancer to dig into the question of why men frequent strip clubs.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An acedemic book with the focus on the customer..... Sept. 26 2005
By L. Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An interesting ethnography.....A good counter to all of the focus on strippers - why not study the customers for a change? I appreciated the fact that the author was not trying to be overly positive or negative about strip clubs or the men who go to them, but trying to understand why the customers were drawn to them in the first place. This isn't another "tell all" book about someone's experiences as a dancer, but still gives an insider's observations.
16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
An Extremely Anthropological Disection Of The Male Psyche May 16 2003
By Synthpopguy - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a number of books dealing with this genre, but this was (by far) the most dry. It is extremely clinical, and reads more like a doctoral dissertation than a book. That's not to say that there weren't some interesting points made in the book, but you REALLY had to dig through the anthro jargon.
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
the other dynamic, without which there is no club....the guy July 27 2008
By George Albright, Esq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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. Why indeed do we keep showing up? Frank peels away some of the layers, giving us thoughtful insite.

Please consider reading yet another book, written by a guy with assistance from the dancers in his life. ENVELOPED BY VENUS, also featured here on Amazon, may add depth to your understanding and enjoyment of the state of mind best described as, enraptured and ENVELOPED.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
From the wife of a stip club frequenter June 4 2012
By kpi95 - Published on Amazon.com
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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. Turned out they were all strippers he met on out-of-town business trips. Found this book very insightful in understanding what draws men to the clubs, and its not sex. Its about conquest, the fantasy of men thinking these women really care about them, and the thrill of talking to pretty woman without any of the baggage or responsibility of everyday life. The men think they are special when they get the "real" name and phone number of a stripper, but its all part of the game. Strippers dance under assumed names so they can give out their "real" name and make the man think he's really special. Men will pay for a lap dance in the back room, and in reality, just sit and chat with the stripper. It's 2012 and my husband has recently returned to his previous travel ritual, which has been very painful for me. He has agreed to read the book to understand that the strippers don't care about him, just are manipulating him for his money.

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