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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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Body Work and the Feminization of Poverty

Body Work and the Feminization of Poverty

(p.160) Seven Body Work and the Feminization of Poverty
Neon Wasteland

Susan Dewey

University of California Press

This chapter raises the question of the feminization of poverty and concomitant monetary value assigned to young women's reproductive potential and sexuality, based on the analyses of the survival strategies of Vixens' workers. It also employs the growing social science literature on the indisputably feminized occupational activities that involve intimate contact with the body or its products, including care giving, cleaning, and, of course, sex work. Vixens' dancers do have other low-wage work and social-service provision options that could help them support themselves and their children in lieu of sex work. However, the option of working as Vixens' dancers lures them more than the so-called socially acceptable professions. In this regard, this chapter demonstrates why some (but not all) dancers believe that they can have a better life if they can manage to endure temporarily difficult, exploitative labor conditions.

Keywords:   feminization of poverty, Vixens, socially acceptable professions, feminizes occupational activities

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