Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver by Becki Ross

By Becki Ross

After the second one global battle, Vancouver emerged as a hotbed of striptease expertise. In Burlesque West,the first severe historical past of this infamous striptease scene, Becki Ross delves into the erotic leisure on the northern finish of the dancers' west coast travel - the North-South path from l. a. to Vancouver that supplied rotating paintings for dancers and diversity for membership clientele.

Drawing on wide archival fabrics and fifty first-person bills of former dancers, strip-club proprietors, reserving brokers, choreographers, and musicians, Ross unearths tales which are deeply flavoured with an period prior to "striptease fell from grace as the international stopped dreaming," within the phrases of ex-dancer Lindalee Tracey. notwithstanding jobs during this specific are frequently perceived as having little in universal with different different types of paintings, retired dancers' debts resonate strangely with these of latest carrier staff, together with perceptions of unionization and place of work merits and risks. Ross additionally lines the sanitization and next integration of striptease type and neo-burlesque traits into mass tradition, reading continuity and alter to eventually display that Vancouver's glitzy nightclub scene, frequently condemned as a quasi-legal pressure of city blight, in truth greased the industrial engine of the post-war city.

Provocative and difficult, Burlesque West combines the commercial, the social, the sexual, and the non-public, and is bound to intellectually tantalize.

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103 To those who rejected images of sexually contained, even asexual womanhood, feminist sex pessimism denied women their horny behaviour, their lust, and their longings to seduce. 104 Writing about how she was misrepresented in the incendiary film Not a Love Story: A Film about Pornography (1981), retired dancer Lindalee Uncloaking the Striptease Past 19 Tracey laid bare the scalding force of feminist Puritanism. Written sixteen years after appearing in the film, her searing condemnation of feminist filmmakers at the National Film Board (NFB) sounds a caution to all outsiders who dare to superimpose their moralizing assumptions on dancers’ lives: I tell the women I want all my parts included, the poetry, the home, the performance art.

51 Labelled ‘factories of vice’ and ‘pest-breeding theatres’ that harboured coarse behaviour, ‘bur-lee-cue’ houses were described in terms similar to those used by middle-class reformers in campaigns against prostitution, alcohol, and venereal disease: they hastened the demise of an upstanding citizenry. At the same time, burlesque shows in Vancouver and elsewhere were wildly popular. 1 Sally Rand, the feathered fan dancer, graced the stage of Vancouver’s State Burlesque Theatre. She is pictured here in 1934.

Also older than I was, the men I interviewed were pleased – and surprised, I sensed – to be asked questions about their role in a business that intriguingly affirmed and undercut their entitlement to gendered power and control. , club owners, staff, musicians, choreographers, agents) matter-of-factly consented to use of their given names – a subtle distinction that reveals the masculine privilege to be ‘out’ in the open. Discovering connection with narrators was always gratifying, Uncloaking the Striptease Past 25 though it never erased the fact that, unlike me, the majority of retired producers and performers of striptease had once belonged to a gravely stigmatized profession.

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