Behavior: Their Hearts Belong to Daddy

Removing one's clothing in public for pay is a livelihood that is nearly as venerable as prostitution; and, like prostitution, it is almost entirely limited to women. What prompts the estimated 7,000 stripteasers in the U.S. to bare all—or at least nearly all—to a theater full of several hundred men? Seeking to answer that question, two Case Western Reserve University sociologists have reached some tentative conclusions. Writing in Social Problems magazine, James K. Skipper Jr. and Charles H. McCaghy report that the girls disrobe in public out of an unrequited need for parental—especially...

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