"Just trying to relax": masculinity, masculinizing practices, and strip club regulars

J Sex Res. 2003 Feb;40(1):61-75. doi: 10.1080/00224490309552167.


This article explores customers' understandings of their visits to heterosexual strip clubs and the ways in which those visits become meaningful to them in relation to cultural discourses around masculinity, sexuality, leisure, and consumption, as well as in relation to their everyday lives and relationships. Not every man finds strip clubs pleasurable, yet understanding why some men frequent these venues can inform us more generally about the links between sexuality, gender, and the marketplace. This article focuses on regular male customers' stated motives for visiting strip clubs and examines those visits as touristic and masculinizing practices. It also explores gender, sexuality, and power in the men s performances of desire in the clubs, taking up issues of visibility, virility, youthfulness, and commodification.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Dancing*
  • Erotica*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Relaxation*
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Social Behavior*