Girl, Undressed: On Stripping in New York City

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9780143115656: Girl, Undressed: On Stripping in New York City

A young British woman-broke and out of luck-does battle with Manhattan's underworld of dancers, drugs, and the sex industry

Ruth Fowler is a twenty-five-year-old Brit with a Cambridge degree and a middle-class background who arrives in New York City with dreams of becoming a journalist. But getting a work visa in post-9/11 America proves to be tricky. It doesn't take long for funds and incentive to run out-sending Fowler to the heart of Manhattan's dark underbelly of strip clubs and the sex trade, where as her alter ego "Mimi" she works as a dancer for more than two years. Both raw and shocking, Girl, Undressed tells the harrowing story of her descent into darkness, the young and wealthy Eton-educated Englishman with whom she perilously falls in love, and her revelatory journey back to herself.

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Ruth Fowler was raised in North Wales and graduated from Cambridge University. Under different pseudonyms she has written for various publications including The Guardian, The Observer, The Village Voice and Wired. As the strip club dancer “Mimi” she was the subject of a feature article in The New York Times.

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" Excellent . . . Fowler's excoriating narrative quite effectively undermines perceptions of sex work as a viable form of postmodern female empowerment."
-The Guardian (London)

" Eyebrow-raising revelations abound in this sharp, racy, and relentlessly candid tale."
-Booklist (starred)

"An absorbing confession that blazes across the page like nightclub neon. Disturbing and intense."
-Elizabeth Brundage, author of Somebody Else’s Daughter“

No Man's Land is a fearless exploration of the murky territory where eroticism and commerce collide. Fowler has lived, scrutinized, and offered up a serious first person narrative of sex and desire, representation and identity, and the perversion of female power. She has refused to play by the rules that govern both life and stories, opting instead to test the edge of her experience and then to write it, honestly and unsparingly. The result is a work that is both courageous and outrageous. In a world where pole dancing is marketed as empowerment, this relentlessly candid book comes as a welcome slap."
--Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation"

In Ruth Fowler's excellent No Man's Land the Cambridge graduate's dark and harrowing account of her work as a stripper in New York City makes for an interesting inversion of the genre that gave us The Intimate Adventures of a London Call-Girl, Sleeping Around, and Girl With a One-Track Mind. Fowler's excoriating narrative quite effectively undermines perceptions of sex work as a viable form of postmodern female empowerment. While she's by no means advocating old-fashioned values, Fowler's book is dispiriting enough to make you drop out of your strip-aerobics class and return that junior pole-dancing kit you picked up for your daughter...."
-The Guardian (UK)

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