June 11, 2000 06:10pm
B.C. Gov't Funds Stripper Study
(VANCOUVER, BC) -- The University of British Columbia wants former strippers to bare it all - for research.
A three-year study, funded by the federal government, will look into the history of erotic entertainment in Vancouver.
From pasties to lap dances, Prof. Becki Ross is looking for stories from the front lines of what she calls this ``little understood, much maligned'' business.
``I see it as an art form,'' said Ross, who teaches sociology at UBC. ``I actually am in awe of the women on the stage.''
Vancouver once claimed one of the hottest night spots north of San Francisco.
Erotic pioneers like Josephine Baker, Lili St. Cyr and Gypsy Rose Lee took the stage to take it all off in Vancouver.
Ross will receive about $50,000 from the federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada over the next three years for her research.