How exactly do you research female hip hop heads engaging in strip club culture? It is still a daily journey for me to find the texts, videos, strip club locations and interview subjects that are just right for the project. But along the way, I’ve read some amazing books and articles that have served as the foundation and inspiration for my writing. See some of my favorite references below and consider checking them out on your next trip to the library.

When Chickenheads Come Home to RoostJoan Morgan

The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes in Double-Dutch and Hip-HopKyra Gaunt

The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why it MattersTricia Rose

Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women, Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Behind the G-String: And Exploration of the Stripper’s Image, Her Person and Her MeaningDavid A. Scott

How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch CultureAriel Levy

Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper, Diablo Cody

Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism, Patricia Hill Collins

Southern Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip Hop, Tamara Palmer

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde

Taking it Off, Putting it On: Women in the Strip Trade, Chris Bruckert

Exploring Black Sexuality, Robert Staples

Dark Continent of Our BodiesE. Francis White  

“Erotica vs. Pornography,” Gloria Steinem as seen in Transforming a Rape Culture

Keep in mind that this is a growing list! Check this page in the future for updates with other suggested book titles.


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