The labor issues faced by strip club entertainers—job insecurity, harassment, discrimination, and wage theft—are now being regularly covered in mainstream press, yet the entertainers’ own suggestions for addressing these issues are notably elided. During her residency at the Target Studio last year, Monica Sheets established The Feminist Strip Club: a collective of current and former entertainers who examine attitudes toward erotic dance and its intersection with larger ambivalences toward “women’s work” and transactional exchange in emotional and intimate labor. This…
What do you know about the historical and social context of erotic dance in the Twin Cities? How has the City sought to control erotic spaces through zoning and other regulations?
Hear from Dr. Beth Hartman, a lecturer in the UMN American Studies Department and the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) who wrote her dissertation on striptease and music, focusing primarily on burlesque and erotic dance in the Twin Cities; Jayne Swift, a PhD candidate in GWSS, whose scholarship and activism focus on the history of commercial sex economies and on enhancing the political, social, and economic power of sex workers; and Crystal Wesloh, a paralegal student and entertainer who has worked in strip clubs in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and across the Midwest.
Moderated by Target Studio artist-in-residence Monica Sheets.
Supported by Stardust and the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
Regulation and Reality of Erotic Dance in Minneapolis is an Incubator Project at WAM’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration. The studio is a platform that supports ambitious collaborations between artists and researchers at the University of Minnesota, making university resources available to the Twin Cities’ artists, and the creative powers of artists available to academic researchers.