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Siobhan Brooks born is an African-American lesbian feminist sociologist known for her work with African-American women sex workers. She holds a B. She observed that the club hired very few black women, and that they were restricted from working in the "private booth" section of the theater, where dancers have the opportunity to make more money.
After raising her concerns to the club's manager, Brooks was reprimanded and told that "black women make the club lose money. Her efforts proved successful: the club hired more black women than ever before in its fourteen-year history. Brooks is featured in the film. Brooks also wrote Organizing From Behind the Glass , an of the successful unionizing effort, for the January issue of Z Magazine. In the article, Brooks stated that at the Lusty Lady, where she had worked, "the only Black show director, Josephine, informed me that Black dancers have always done poorly in the booth, it was just a reality of the business, but she provided no evidence of this.
Brooks has gone on to interview sex workers across the country and has published several articles as a result. Her work has appeared in the anthology Whores and Other Feminists ed. Amy Sonnie , and she interviewed Angela Y. Davis about her views on race , gender , and the sex industry in the post- Civil Rights era for the University of California Hastings Law Journal Winter While known as a sex worker activist, Brooks' research and advocacy expands to broader topics of gender and institutions, women of color and mental illness, queer race identities, women in the media, race and class.
In October Brooks co-organized a conference on hip hop music 's global impact at Lehman College , where she was an adjunct professor in the department of sociology. Retrieved Blee eds. Authority control. Norway United States Netherlands. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes file.
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