Monica Sheets challenges the popular sentiments toward strip club entertainers that veer between puritanical schadenfreude to glamorization. The issues that entertainers face—job insecurity, harassment, and wage theft—are regularly the subject of journalism, yet entertainers’ experiences are rarely included in the discourse. Monica will work with strip club entertainers and academic partners from law, sociology, and public affairs to establish a discussion and performance workshop at the Target Studio, using it to trigger long-term research addressing the changing value and structure of labor in our society, while also destigmatizing work in the erotic dance industry. This project is supported by a grant from Stardust and the Puffin Foundation. Monica was recently named a Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art, which allows her to continue The Feminist Strip Club at WAM throughout 2019.
Monica has steadily been sharing her own and her collaborators’ reflections on the WAM Blog. Read them here>>
On August 12, 2019, Monica and her collaborator Stephen Befort of the UMN Law School testified at City Hall at the Public Hearing for the Adult Entertainment Ordinance, which would improve working conditions for dancers in Minneapolis.
The Feminist Strip Club’s first publication, Issue 1 of The GRIND, is available for purchase now on the project’s website. The GRIND is a 24-page, full-color, 8.5 x 11″ zine with articles, photos, personal essays and strippers’ responses to online strip club reviews—all produced by members of the FSC.