Judith Hanna seems to be the type of Anthropologist I love, merging her academic work in the field of dance simultaneously negotiating of the significance of striptease. While the media loves to focus on the fact that she is a 75 year old grandmother talking about sex (we can't get enough of this between Dr. Ruth and Sue Johanson), she more significantly has spent nearly half a decade legitimizing striptease as form of art. This background has made her an expert brought into trials involving the world of strip clubs. According to New York Magazine, "In 2012, Hanna's arguments will be used by a club in Albany at the New York Court of Appeals, in support of its owners' fight for tax-free sales based on the entrance-fee exemption for "dramatic or musical art performances."
Hanna is quoted as saying:
"Exotic dance shares with virtually all dance genres the fact that it is a purposeful, intentionally rhythmical, culturally patterned, nonverbal, body movement communication in time and space," it "conveys meaning by the use of space, touch, proximity to an observer, nudity, stillness and specific body movements."
To learn more:
and read the original article at: