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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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Being a Good Mother in a “Bad” Profession

Being a Good Mother in a “Bad” Profession

(p.86) Four Being a Good Mother in a “Bad” Profession
Neon Wasteland

Susan Dewey

University of California Press

This chapter explores the emotional worlds of Vixens' dancers, both inside and outside their profession. It discusses the dancers' roles as mothers and caregivers. Furthermore, it reveals the challenges faced by Vixens' dancers who are also mothers. The narratives of the Vixens' dancers presented in this chapter, suggest that it is always the children who come first for them, and economic needs and the need to support their children were the reason for them coming into this profession. They also reveal the complexity of the relationship of this stigmatized profession with motherhood, a relationship culturally constructed as incompatible. Finally, this chapter reveals that the dancers confront manifestations of powerful social contradictions every day and thus develop a philosophy that assesses money's moral weight and in turn informs nearly every aspect of their relationships with children, peers, coworkers, clients, and partners.

Keywords:   Vixens' dancers, caregivers, social contradictions, money, economic needs

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