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Stripping Humanity: A Womanist Response to Hip-Hop's Glorification of the Stripper


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Hip-hop music glorifies stripping by celebrating the corporeal and capitalistic value of women who strip. While this glorification shares the values of radical feminist theorists who support the liberatory value of stripping, a womanist ethical reflection reveals that the glory and liberation is a chimera. Through content analysis of mainstream hip-hop music and critical analysis of radical feminist theory on sex work, this paper uses womanist ethical reflection to respond to hip hop and feminism’s liberal reduction of the work of women who strip. It challenges those frameworks to move beyond the gloss of bodily liberation to wrestle with the necessity of social responsibility for just engagement of commercial sex work in the 21st century.