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Neon WastelandOn Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town$
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Susan Dewey

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266902

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266902.001.0001

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Everyday Survival Strategies

Everyday Survival Strategies

(p.51) Three Everyday Survival Strategies
Neon Wasteland

Susan Dewey

University of California Press

This chapter offers a critical analysis of dancers' decision-making processes, some of which have had extremely negative effects on their lives. It discusses how Vixens' dancers negotiated the straight world and explores dancers' aversion to accepting welfare and other social benefits they could be eligible for if they left the sex industry. Vixens' dancers call the low-wage labor market available to them outside the sex industry “the straight world” an environment they characterize as exploitative, exclusionary, and without hope for social mobility or financial stability. Dancers believe that in some ways they exist outside the straight world's social order, as is evident in the institutional failures that so often locate them outside the boundaries of full citizenship, yet they also maintain the belief that its normative frameworks offer them hope for social mobility.

Keywords:   Vixens' dancers, the straight world, social mobility, sex industry, institutional failures

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