The Happy Stripper Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesue

The Happy Stripper Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesue➲ [Read] ➭ The Happy Stripper Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesue By Jacki Willson ➽ – If the burlesue stripper with her bawdy spirit and unruly insubordination has emerged for many as a new 'empowering' model for the sexually aware woman then she also strikes horror in the heard of sec Stripper Pleasures eBook ✓ If the burlesue stripper with her bawdy spirit and unruly insubordination has emerged for many as a new 'empowering' model for the sexually aware woman then she also strikes horror in the heard of second wave feminism Embodied by high profile artists such as Dita von Teese and Catherine d'Lish the The Happy PDF/EPUB ² explosive revival of striptease burlesue Happy Stripper Pleasures and Politics eBook Ô and overt female sexual performance has proved no less alluring to a new generation women artists familiar with the provocative work of 's performance artists such as Hannah Wikle and Carolee Schneeman Elouent on 'prettiness' and power desire and 'knowingness' money sex and class and with an Happy Stripper Pleasures PDF/EPUB ¿ extensive knowledge of burlesue's rich tradition Wilson raises long overdue uestions about women's erotic expression within a 'postfeminist' condition The 'new burlesue' demands about all a response this fresh brazen provocative book at last provides it. It really really feels like Jacki Willson saw one burlesue show googled a bit and then decided to write a book on the top three search results and label it as new burlesue She focuses on Dita Von Teese as the ueen of burlesue and occasionally mentions other modern burlesuers such as Immodesty Blaize and then claims they are representative of all burlesue It really really feels like she only experienced burlesue once and did the rest of her research online Maybe this wasn't her intention but it's definitely how it readsMaaaybe half of the book talks about burlesue The rest is admittedly interesting an overview of the history of feminism and feminist performance art and some random loosely related sections about hijabs and veiling She then sort of connects these things with burlesue mostly repeating information from other sources She concludes each section with a series of provocative and compelling uestions which she never answersDita Von Teese may be the ueen of burlesue but Willson doesn't clearly note the difference between mainstream and underground burlesue While there is no widely accepted distinction between the two plenty of researchers and performers too recognize that there are two large forms of modern burlesue Dita represents a certain type of burlesue while the majority of underground neo burlesue has very little in common with her Many of the critiues and uestions Willson brings up are in fact answered and confronted in a number of neo burlesue troupesWillson says that her impetus for this book was encountering a burlesue performance who happened to be a lesbian but the book almost exclusively focuses on heterosexual cisgender female performers not even exclusively burlesue performers She claims this is because there is already a prolific amount of research on femininity and lesbianism I don't doubt this However I can speak from personal experience that there is a huge lack of research on ueer burlesue a bizarre lack considering that a large number of modern burlesue performers are ueer as demonstrated by Willson's own experience Willson continues to focus on the male gaze even after admitting that the majority of neo burlesue audiences are female and only discusses performers again only a fraction of what she talks about is even burlesue as heterosexual cisgender women She does not take into account male burlesue performers or performers who exist outside of or in between the binaryMaybe I'm being too picky Obviously one book cannot discuss every single aspect of burlesue But I was extremely disappointed with this book because it didn't live up to its title MAYBE a third of the book focused on burlesue and all of those sections were essentially paraphrasings of other sources with little to no new input The title implies that the focus is New Burlesue but in reality the focus is Dita Von Teese and a series of feminist performance artists not burlesuersEssentially the book has no real focus There are too many elements that are not clearly linked together and not thoroughly explored If this were not titled as a book on burlesue I would be less harsh on it But it's in the title Read for my Master's dissertation discussing burlesue feminism and empowerment I would have left this book unrated but feels weird doing that so 3 stars standardI enjoyed this book It had a lot of interesting points and a lot of points I disagreed with It will be a great resource for my research project I've written something of a full review for my literature review but it's currently a very messy draft that I don't want to look at I think by providing all the evidence including some the reader didn't need hurt Willson's arguement For example she started to talk about the Ira war and women's rights there and how it comparted to the West but then just left it I thought that her arguement would lead me in one direction just to have it stopped abruptly and go in another the best example is the Middle Eastern rights I thoght that she should have tied everything together instead of jumping around so much I thought this was going to be a book on burlesue but it turned out to be so much Willson looks at periods in time when burlesue was most popular as they coincided with times of great change and unrest in western society She also tackles the uestion of whether burlesue performers are feminists or pandering to the patriarchy Some really good argumentsopinions in this book that will have me pondering long after reading Fantastic book looking at burlesue and feminism in a critical wayInteresting perspectives a necessary for anyone interested in the burlesue feminist or not? debate Excellent 'starter' read on the politics and development of Burlesue I’m in this one too 7927 W68H

The Happy Stripper Pleasures and Politics of the New
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • The Happy Stripper Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesue
  • Jacki Willson
  • English
  • 03 July 2014
  • 9781845113186