Why Become a Pornography Actress?
ABSTRACT There is very limited research on women who perform in adult films. The current study used a discovery oriented qualitative methodology to examine the responses of 176 female actresses in the adult entertainment industry to questions regarding the reasons for becoming involved in the pornography industry, as well as their likes and dislikes of the work. The most frequent reasons for joining the industry included money, sex, and attention. Only one participant indicated that she was coerced into becoming a porn actress. The most favorable aspects of their work included money, people, sex, and freedom/independence, whereas the most frequently reported dislikes included people, sexually transmitted diseases, and exploitation. The responses from this study provide valuable insight from a large sample of a difficult to access population of pornography actresses on why they chose to become involved in the pornography industry as well as positive and negative facets of their work. The results may be used to question many of the stereotypes that society commonly holds regarding attributes of female pornography actresses.
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ABSTRACT: A decade ago we (Thompson and Harred 1992) conducted ethnographic interviews with over 40 topless dancers in seven Gentlemen's Clubs in a major metropolitan city in the Southwest with a population of approximately one million people. Our research focused on how the dancers managed the stigma of their deviant occupation. We found that while the dancers used a variety of stigma management techniques, for analytical purposes they could be collapsed within two "umbrella categories": dividing the social world (Goffman 1963); and rationalization and neutralization (Sykes and Matza 1957). This study replicates that study a decade later. The research for this current study was conducted at five gentlemen's clubs, three of which were included in the earlier study, and two additional clubs that were currently considered the most exclusive gentlemen's clubs in the city. Our findings, while different in specifics, were generally quite consistent with those a decade earlier. Topless dancers still managed the stigma of their deviant occupation by dividing their social worlds and using traditional techniques of neutralization to rationalize their behavior. Additionally, in this study, we found that they relied heavily on cognitive and emotive dissonance to reduce the emotional strain of the work and to alternately embrace their role as dancer and distance themselves from it as the situation seemed to dictate.Deviant Behavior 02/2011; 24(6):551-570. DOI:10.1080/713840274 · 0.55 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this research is to explore and understand the various intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics associated with the lives of female exotic dancers from an essentialist, social constructionist, and critical perspective. This study uses informal interviews and an autoethnographic field study approach as its primary methodological modes. The act of unearthing the intrapersonal experiences and motivations of female exotic dancers helps deconstruct their limiting and oppressive gender and sexual narratives, thereby exposing the negative influence on their self-concept, -esteem, and -efficacy. Throughout the process of collecting and analyzing data, a variety of recurrent interpersonal themes also emerged, such as: (a) the extent of anticipatory socialization experiences acquired by the dancers prior to their entering the profession, (b) their on-the-job socialization, (c) the typology of exotic dancers (career vs. transient) and reasons for entering the profession, (d) the management of their stigmatized identities through various neutralization and normalization techniques, (e) the various processes associated with becoming a good performer, and (f) the negative impact of their dancing careers on their relationships with their significant others.Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity 01/2006; 13(1):41-52. DOI:10.1080/10720160500529243