Berkeley: University of California Press, Through interviews conducted informally over a six-month period, Susan Dewey presents a multidimensional view of female sex workers, a group American society largely dubs invisible.
Rather than focus solely on the conditions of the workplace or the social stigmas associated with sex work, Dewey provides a deeper look at a smaller sample of women. Among the fifty women interviewed, Dewey conducted more extensive life story interviews with dancers self-named "Diamond," "Star," "Chantelle," "Cinnamon," and "Angel," who each spoke candidly about their impressions of their work and how they believed their jobs affected—or did not affect—their private lives.
Few had the support of their biological families and most were supporting children as single parents.
Dewey's interviews gave her subjects an opportunity to voice their very real concerns about their workplace safety, their quests for unconditional love, and the long-term impacts their jobs might have on their children. Their stories result in an emotional work that pushes readers to think about larger questions of gender roles, economic stability, and the feminization of poverty.
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Dewey begins by clarifying that "Vixens" is a pseudonym for the actual topless bar in upstate New York where she conducted her research. She began her investigation with clear research questions in mind: What does dancing topless mean to the women who do it? Do these women agree with the social judgment that they have violated rules of motherhood and femininity?
Do they care? How do they view themselves as women, workers, and mothers? While the questions were straightforward, the answers were not. Dewey discovered that for the women she interviewed, answers to questions like these highlighted the complexities of balancing one's own idea of self, agency, power, and control with society's popular concepts of femininity, motherhood, and self-sufficiency.
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