Does being paid for a sexualized performance constitute exploitation or empowerment? Can a cartoonish enactment of traditional male-female power relations offer a feminist message? In a paper for Signs , University of Melbourne political science professor Sheila Jeffreys suggests we ask a different question : who profits from stripping? At the same time, she flips the way most mainstream accounts look at stripping in an interesting way, asking us to consider economic systems rather than individual choices. So, from a financial perspective, what does the stripping industry—at least the largest portion of it, which caters to straight men—look like?
Individualist and on strip clubs
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Feminist views on sexuality widely vary. Many feminists, particularly radical feminists , are highly critical of what they see as sexual objectification and sexual exploitation in the media and society. Radical feminists are often opposed to the sex industry , including opposition to prostitution and pornography. Other feminists define themselves as sex-positive feminists and believe that a wide variety of expressions of female sexuality can be empowering to women when they are freely chosen. Some feminists support efforts to reform the sex industry to become less sexist , such as the feminist pornography movement. The feminist sex wars and lesbian sex wars , or simply the sex wars or porn wars , were acrimonious debates amongst feminists in the late s and early s.
Money and Power at Strip Clubs
Parental investment theory predicts that the gender which invests most in their offspring is going to tend to be more discriminating about their mate preference and thus more sexually restricted. Because men do not need to invest as much of their physical resources as women, they do not become pregnant and lactating and copulation can last as little as a few minutes without much effort, they will tend to have a more unrestricted sexual orientation. Even though sex is desirable for both males and females as an expression of genetic fitness, men are going to be much more interested in casual sex than women. This has led to the formation of social rolls regarding masculine dominance and female submissiveness as exemplified in the objectification of women at strip clubs. With the onset of modern feminism, these roles have begun to shift towards gender equalization as engendered hierarchies are becoming less pronounced.
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