Title

Negotiating Feminist Politics in the Third Wave: Labor Struggles and Solidarity in Live Nude Girls Unite!

Abstract

This essay examines Live Nude Girls Unite!, a documentary about female exotic dancers' successful efforts to unionize. The film rhetorically exposes an alternative perspective on the ideological evolution, and contradictions, that represent third-wave feminism by complicating the notion of gender oppression and the responsibilities of coalition politics. Through these women's analyses of their political situation, the film rhetorically addresses complex issues, including the complicated distinctions between victimizer and victim in contemporary gender politics, women's appropriation of sex work and capacity for labor activism, and the dominant culture's attempts to regulate working women's private and public lives.

Publication Date

4-2009

Journal Title

Communication Quarterly

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/01463370902880462

Document Type

Article

Rights

Copyright 2009 Eastern Communication Association