Reading List

Note: This is a reading list under development during the Summer and Fall of 2015 so keep checking back if you have interest in the topic of male striptease. Also, please feel free to contribute any literature that you have found in the comments below!

Academic Reading List

Addelston, Judi. “Doing the Full Monty with Dirk and Jane: Using the Phallus to Validate Marginalized Masculinities.” The Journal of Men’s Studies 7, no. 3 (June 1999): 337–352, doi:10.3149/jms.0703.337.

Barham, Susan Baggett. “The Phallus and the Man: An Analysis of Male Striptease.” In Australian Ways: Anthropological Studies of an Industrialized Society, edited by Lenore Manderson, 51–65. Sydney and Boston: Allen & Unwin, 1985.

Bernard, Constance, et. al. “Exotic Dancers: Gender Differences in Societal Reaction, Subcultural Ties, and Conventional Support.” Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 10, no. 1 (2003): 1–11.

Blum, Virginie. “‘Des hommes qui s’effeuillent pour des femmes’: Des strip-teaseurs dans un chassé-croisé entre domination masculine et masculinité dominée.” In “Transgresser le genre au travail: Des hommes dans des domaines professionnels ‘féminins’,” edited by Marie Buscatto and Bernard Fusulier, special issue, Recherches Sociologiques et Anthropologiques 44, no. 2 (2013): 137–156.
[Article’s title in English: “Men who Strip for Women: Male Strippers in a Crossover between Masculine Domination and Dominated Masculinity”]

Capino, José B. “Homologies of Space: Text and Spectatorship in All-Male Adult Theaters.” Cinema Journal 45, no. 1 (Fall 2005): 50–65.

Clark, Rebecca. “Male Strippers: Ladies’ Night at the Meat Market.” The Journal of Popular Culture 19, no. 1 (Summer 1985): 51–56, doi:10.1111/j.0022-3840.1985.00051.x.

DeMarco, Joseph R. G. “Power and Control in Gay Strip Clubs.” Journal of Homosexuality 53, no. 1–2 (2007): 111–127, doi:10.1300/J082v53n01_05.

Dressel, Paula L., and David M. Petersen. “Becoming a Male Stripper: Recruitment, Socialization, and Ideological Development.” Work and Occupations 9, no. 3 (August 1982): 387–406, doi:10.1177/0730888482009003007.

Dressel, Paula L., and David M. Petersen. “Equal Time for Women: Social Notes on the Male Strip Show.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 11, no. 2 (July 1982): 185–208, doi: 10.1177/089124168201100203.

Dressel, Paula L., and David M. Petersen. “Gender Roles, Sexuality, and the Male Strip Show: The Structuring of Sexual Opportunity.” Sociological Focus 15, no. 2 (April 1982): 151–162.

Frank, Katherine. “Thinking Critically about Strip Club Research.” Sexualities 10, no. 4 (2007): 501–517, doi:10.1177/1363460707080989.

Harris, Geraldine. “Roaring Women and Class Acts: The Naked Truth and the Chippendales’ Ultimate Girls Night Out.” Chap. 3 in Aston, Elaine, and Geraldine Harris, A Good Night Out for the Girls: Popular Feminisms in Contemporary Theatre and Performance. Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Hicks, Heather J. “Postindustrial Striptease: The Full Monty and the Feminization of Work.” Colby Quarterly 36, no. 1 (March 2000): 48–59.

Liepe-Levinson, Katherine. “Striptease: Desire, Mimetic Jeopardy, and Performing Spectators.” TDR 42, no. 2 (Summer 1998): 9–37.

Margolis, Maxine L., and Marigene Arnold. “Turning the Tables? Male Strippers and the Gender Hierarchy in America.” In Sex and Gender Hierarchies, edited by Barbara Diane Miller, 334–350. Cambridge and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Montemurro, Beth, Colleen Bloom, and Kelly Madell. “Ladies Night Out: A Typology of Women Patrons of a Male Strip Club.” Deviant Behavior 24, no. 3 (2003): 333–352, doi:10.1080/713840221.
[Originated as a paper presentation “Regulars, Ringleaders, Virgins, and Wallflowers: A Typology of Women Patrons of a Male Strip Club,” at the Annual Meetings of the Southern Sociological Society in 2002.]

Montemurro, Beth. “Strippers and Screamers: The Emergence of Social Control in a Noninstitutionalized Setting.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 30, no. 3 (June 2001): 275–304, doi:10.1177/089124101030003001.

Olbrys, Stephen Gencarella. “Disciplining the Carnivalesque: Chris Farley’s Exotic Dance.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 3, no. 3 (2006): 240–259, doi:10.1080/14791420600841435.

Pilcher, Katy Elizabeth Mary. “A ‘Sexy Space’ for Women? Heterosexual Women’s Experiences of a Male Strip Show Venue.” In “Sexy Spaces,” edited by Jayne Caudwell and Kath Browne, special issue, Leisure Studies 30, no. 2 (2011): 217–235, doi:10.1080/02614367.2010.512048.

Prehn, John W. “Invasion of Male Strippers: Role-Alignment in a Small-Town Strip Club.” Journal of Popular Culture 17, no. 2 (Fall 1983): 182–186, doi:10.1111/j.0022-3840.1983.1702_182.x.

Rambo Ronai, Carol, and Rebecca Cross. “Dancing with Identity: Narrative Resistance Strategies of Male and Female Stripteasers.” In The Cultural Study of Work, edited by Douglas A. Harper, Doug Harper, and Helene M. Lawson, 116–129. Oxford and Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
[Originally published in Deviant Behavior 19, no. 2 (1998): 99–119, doi: 10.1080/01639625.1998.9968078.]

Restrepo, Ana Paula, and Darío Gil Torres. “El striptease masculino como forma de interacción social en la contemporaneidad.” Boletín de antropología 17, no. 34 (2003): 272–289.

Schneider, Sara K. “‘Tip and Kiss’ as Gyp and Frisk: Models of Porosity of Access for Performance in A New York City Strip Club.” Studies in Popular Culture 11, no. 2 (1988): 91–105.

Sculla, Maren T. “Reinforcing Gender Roles at the Male Strip Show: A Qualitative Analysis of Men who Dance for Women (MDW).” Deviant Behavior 34, no. 7 (2013): 557–578, doi:10.1080/01639625.2012.748624.

Smith, Clarissa. “Shiny Chests and Heaving G-Strings: A Night Out with the Chippendales.” Sexualities 5, no. 1 (2002): 67–89, doi:10.1177/1363460702005001004.

Tewksbury, Richard. “Male Strippers: Men Objectifying Men.” In Doing “Women’s Work”: Men in Nontraditional Occupations, edited by Christine L. Williams, 168–182, Research on Men and Masculinities. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 1993. doi:10.4135/9781483326559.n10.

Tewksbury, Richard. “A Dramaturgical Analysis of Male Strippers.” The Journal of Men’s Studies 2, no. 4 (May 1994): 325–42, doi:10.3149/jms.0204.325.

Whitehead, Jay. “Are You Staring at the Size of My Gimmick? Applying Burlesque Conventions to a Different Anatomy.” Canadian Theatre Review 158 (Spring 2014): 27–32.

Wosick-Correa, Kassia R., and Lauren J. Joseph. “Sexy Ladies Sexing Ladies: Women as Consumers in Strip Clubs” The Journal of Sex Research 45, no. 3 (2008): 201–216, doi:10.1080/00224490801987432.

Dissertations and Master Theses

Hann, Sheryl Leigh. “For Her Eyes Only: Male Strippers, Women’s Pleasures and Feminist Politics.” M.A. Thesis. Massey University, 1999.

Hurley, Alicia Hemingway. “Bitten and Spanked: The Male Revue as a Liminal Setting.” M.A. Thesis. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2007.

Marques, Carolina Casa. “As mulheres clientes de sexo comercial: um estudo exploratório sobre as clientes de striptease masculino.” Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Porto, 2013.

Parker, George. “Stripping Men: A Comparison of the New Zealand Play Ladies Night and the British Film The Full Monty as They (Re)Define Maleness in the Post-Feminist World.” M.A. Thesis. University of Canterbury, 2000.

Pilcher, Katy Elizabeth Mary. “Erotic Dancing in Night-Time Leisure Venues: A Sociological Study of Erotic Dance Performers and Customers.” Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Warwick, 2012.

Seymour, Craig Allen. “Desire and Dollar Bills: An Ethnography of Customers and Strippers at a Gay Male Striptease Club in Washington D.C.” M.A. Thesis. University of Maryland at College Park, 1994.

Smart, Bobbi-Lee. “An Analysis of Male Strip Clubs and Revue Shows: The Intersection of Race, Class, Sexuality and Location in Liminal and Marginal Spaces.” M.A. Thesis. California State University, 2014.

Peripheral Academic References

Bordo, Susan. The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.

Del Rosso, Jared. “The Penis as Public Part: Embodiment and the Performance of Masculinity in Public Settings.” Sexualities 14, no. 6 (December 2011): 704-724, doi:10.1177/1363460711420461.

Dutton, Kenneth R. “Sexuality and the Muscular Male Body.” In Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality, edited by Jennifer Hargreaves and Eric Anderson, 218–225. New York and London: Routledge, 2014.

Miller, Toby. “A Short History of the Penis.” Social Text 43 (Autumn 1995): 1–26, doi:10.2307/466624.

Notable Popular References

Brackley, Judith. “Male Strip Shows: Where Women Are Finding Laughs, Gasps, and a Night Out.” Ms. 9 (November 1980): 68–70, 84.

Demuth, Susan. “Get ‘Em Off… Boys!” What’s On in London, 11–18 January 1989: 9.

Dullea, Georgia. “For the Bachelorette, A Wilder Last Fling.” The New York Times, 13 May 1990: 1:34.


Kline, Troy, and Joe Bice. Chippendales: The Naked Truth. Mercer Island, WA: Pacifica Press, 1998.
[This is alleged to be the true account of Troy Kline’s life but I would be careful with assuming that this text is truly telling the truth about “theatre stages and into rave clubs and hotel rooms where Chippendales erotic dancers not only strip their lives bare, but participate in drug excesses and sexual orgies with willing subjects.”]

Macdonald, K. Scot, and Patrick MontesDeOca. Deadly Dance: The Chippendales Murders. Culver City, CA: Kerrera House Press, 2014.

Molloy, Nick. Road Warrior: Confessions of a Male Stripper. Brighton: Pen Press, 2009.
[Please note that I have not yet read this memoir, and can’t promise that it’s anything worth reading. You can read more about it here.]

Seymour, Craig Allen. All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C. New York: Atria Books, 2008.
[See also his M.A. thesis above.]

Sterry, David. Master of Ceremonies: A True Story of Love, Murder, Roller Skates & Chippendales. Edinburgh, Scotland and New York: Canongate, 2007.