Pseudointimacy and Romantic Love

Susan Dewey

in Neon Wasteland

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520266902
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948310 | DOI:
Pseudointimacy and Romantic Love

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This chapter reveals the emotional entanglements that shape the lives of Vixens' dancers with both clients and romantic partners. It presents narratives of Vixens' dancers, which reflect the complexity of negotiating the stigma in love relationships between Vixens' dancers and men. Furthermore, it addresses the difficulties faced by Vixens' workers in maintaining love relationships. Vixens' employees are forced into either emotional solitude or serial monogamy. In order to compensate this kind of emotional poverty, dancers in some ways indulge in pseudointimacy with clients. Finally, the chapter presents a dichotomy between the views of dancers and scholars. The dancers narrate that they exercise a great deal of control in their performance of femininity, however, the gendered lens that scholars have used to examine sex work has resulted in the characterization of women who describe such work as “empowering” as suspect because their labor involves the performance of submissive femininity.

Keywords: Vixens' dancers; love relationships; pseudointimacy; emotional poverty; serial monogamy

Chapter.  7898 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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