Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

     
Available items only
Book Cover
Book
Author Worley, Jennifer, author.

Title Neon girls : a stripper's education in protest and power / Jennifer Worley.

Publication Info. New York : HarperCollins, [2020].

Copies

Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor  New Shelf  92 WORLEY,J    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 WORLEY,J    Available
1 copy being processed for PAS Hastings Branch On Order.
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
Edition First edition.
Description 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Summary A riveting true story of a young woman's days stripping in grunge-era San Francisco where a radical group of dancers banded together to unionize and run the club on their own terms. When graduate student Jenny Worley needed a fast way to earn more money, she found herself at the door of the Lusty Lady Theater in San Francisco, auditioning on a stage surrounded by mirrors, in platform heels, and not much else. So began Jenny's career as a stripper strutting the peepshow stage as her alter-ego "Polly" alongside women called Octopussy and Amnesia. But this wasn't your run-of-the-mill strip club--it was a peepshow populated by free-thinking women who talked feminist theory and swapped radical zines like lipstick. As management's discriminatory practices and the rise of hidden cameras stir up tension among the dancers, Jenny rallies them to demand change. Together, they organize the first strippers' union in the world and risk it all to take over the club and run it as a co-operative. Refusing to be treated as sex objects or disposable labor, they become instead the rulers of their kingdom. Jenny's elation over the Lusty Lady's revolution is tempered by her evolving understanding of the toll dancing has taken on her. When she finally hangs up her heels for good to finish her Ph.D., neither Jenny nor San Francisco are the same--but she and the cadre of wild, beautiful, brave women who run the Lusty Lady come out on top despite it all. A first-hand account as only an insider could tell it, Neon Girls paints a vivid picture of a bygone San Francisco and a fiercely feminist world within the sex industry, asking sharp questions about what keeps women from fighting for their rights, who benefits from capitalizing on desire, and how we can change entrenched systems of power.
Subject Worley, Jennifer.
Stripteasers -- California -- San Francisco -- Biography.
Women labor union members -- California -- San Francisco -- Biography.
Labor unions -- California -- San Francisco.
Nightclubs -- California -- San Francisco.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9780062971326
0062971328

 
    
Available items only