Dr. Bernadette Barton is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Morehead State University, and a popular public speaker unafraid to tackle controversial issues.

Bernadette’s scholarship explores the experiences of members of marginalized groups. She is most fascinated by issues of transformation and social justice, such as what makes someone conscious of social inequality? What causes people to change oppressive attitudes and behaviors? How can we really see one another across vast differences of geography, gender, race, class, and sexual identity? Her books include Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers and Pray the Gay Away: the Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays. Bernadette’s new projects examine the impact of raunch culture in the lives of young people and marriage equality mobilization in Kentucky.


“Makes an impressive contribution to the sociology of work and its intersection with sex and gender studies at the theoretical and applied levels. It is an excellent examples of the rich data and critical methodological insights that can emerge in the course of engaged field research.”

Philadelphia inquirer

“The thrust of stripper scholarship is that both dancers and customers are more like your next-door neighbors. Some are your next-door neighbors.”

susan bordo, Author of Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture
and the Body

“Fascinating, insightful, and surprisingly balanced. This book will take you way beyond Hollywood's clichés and into the realities of stripping, and you'll emerge with a deeper understanding of the pleasures and the costs of being the object of male fantasies.”