How Exotic Dancing Impacts the Development and Maintenance of Romantic Relationships

This study seeks to understand how the sexualized demands of exotic dancing play a role in how the exotic dancers develop and maintain romantic relationships. In this qualitative study, interviews were conducted with 10 female exotic dancers using snowball sampling techniques. Findings suggest that there is an association between attitudes towards the profession and the emotional state of the participants in this study. Furthermore it was found that there were both challenges as well as positive factors that exotic dancers faced in their relationship due to their participation in the profession as well as various coping strategies that exotic dancers use to separate work from their romantic relationships. Understanding the various mechanisms at play for exotic dancers may assist in improving mental health services for this population and including their stories can legitimize their experiences and challenge the stigmatization of the profession.