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Policing PleasureSex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective$
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Susan Dewey and Patty Kelly

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785089

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785089.001.0001

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On the Boundaries of the Global Margins

On the Boundaries of the Global Margins

Violence, Labor, and Surveillance in a Rust Belt Topless Bar

(p.73) 6 On the Boundaries of the Global Margins
Policing Pleasure

Susan Dewey

NYU Press

This chapter explores the explicit connection between state economic policy and sex work by focusing on the experiences of topless dancers at an upstate New York bar called Vixens, and especially their exposure to the constant threat of intimidation and violence. It considers the confluence of structural, institutional, and individual forms of regulation and surveillance that implicate Vixens's topless dancers in a system that not only consistently placed them under threat but also held them responsible for the consequences of their marginalization. It also examines how pervasive neoliberal labor practices, combined with exclusionary zoning policies and an environment of constant surveillance, result in the feminization of poverty and make the Vixens women vulnerable to violence.

Keywords:   economic policy, sex work, topless dancers, New York, violence, regulation, surveillance, neoliberal labor practices, exclusionary zoning policies, poverty

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