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Where’s MY Porn Store?Examining the Business Models of Sex-Oriented Retail in Las Vegas
Introduction
Introduction
IntroductionLiving in NY in 2007 I went to the Museum of Sex, leatherstores, worked at Agent Provocateur, found live burle...
IntroductionLiving in NY in 2007 I went to the Museum of Sex, leatherstores, worked at Agent Provocateur, found live burle...
IntroductionLiving in NY in 2007 I went to the Museum of Sex, leatherstores, worked at Agent Provocateur, found live burle...
Terms
TermsNon-store retail
TermsNon-store retailBrick and Mortar
TermsNon-store retailBrick and MortarSex-Positive
TermsNon-store retailBrick and MortarSex-PositiveSecondary Effects
TermsNon-store retailBrick and MortarSex-PositiveSecondary EffectsCis-Gendered
Positionality
PositionalityI identify as a sex-positive, cis-gendered, queer, white,middle-class womyn; born & raised in Las Vegas,where...
Research Questions
Research QuestionsWhy isn’t there a sex-positive, sex-oriented retail storein Las Vegas?
Research QuestionsWhy isn’t there a sex-positive, sex-oriented retail storein Las Vegas?    What factors do or don’t suppo...
Research QuestionsWhy isn’t there a sex-positive, sex-oriented retail storein Las Vegas?    What factors do or don’t suppo...
Literature & Theorhetical Framework
Literature & Theorhetical Framework     Radical Feminism
Literature & Theorhetical Framework     Radical Feminism     Sex Positive Feminism
Literature & Theorhetical Framework     Radical Feminism     Sex Positive Feminism     Sex Toy Retail
Literature & Theorhetical Framework     Radical Feminism     Sex Positive Feminism     Sex Toy Retail     Zoning History i...
Methods
MethodsInterviews - 4
MethodsInterviews - 4Email Interviews - 6
MethodsInterviews - 4Email Interviews - 6Ethnographic Sites - 9
MethodsInterviews - 4Email Interviews - 6Ethnographic Sites - 9Frantic Emails & Calls - 3,937
Portland Stores        ShebopIt’s My Pleasure -
Vegas StoresXandria -            The Rack -
Priscilla’s -                The Studio -   Affiliates - 1099 employees, no licensure, buyback of product,                ...
Findings - Business Models     Location                Incorporation               Employees                   Structure  ...
Findings
FindingsRelatively Closed Communities
FindingsRelatively Closed CommunitiesVegas History
FindingsRelatively Closed CommunitiesVegas HistoryAffiliate Model circumnavigates zoning and licensure restristions
FindingsRelatively Closed CommunitiesVegas HistoryAffiliate Model circumnavigates zoning and licensure restristionsMajorly...
FindingsRelatively Closed CommunitiesVegas HistoryAffiliate Model circumnavigates zoning and licensure restristionsMajorly...
Analysis
AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueer
AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueerIf you zone it, it will come...
AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueerIf you zone it, it will come......
AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueerIf you zone it, it will come......
AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueerIf you zone it, it will come......
Thank You!             Look under your chair please :)The Xandria Collection - http://www.xandria.com/index.php?siteid=cor...
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  1. 1. Where’s MY Porn Store?Examining the Business Models of Sex-Oriented Retail in Las Vegas
  2. 2. Introduction
  3. 3. Introduction
  4. 4. IntroductionLiving in NY in 2007 I went to the Museum of Sex, leatherstores, worked at Agent Provocateur, found live burlesque...
  5. 5. IntroductionLiving in NY in 2007 I went to the Museum of Sex, leatherstores, worked at Agent Provocateur, found live burlesque... still had the attitude that it was supposed to be like foreplay, but I wasnt actually supposed to talk about it... until babeland...
  6. 6. IntroductionLiving in NY in 2007 I went to the Museum of Sex, leatherstores, worked at Agent Provocateur, found live burlesque... still had the attitude that it was supposed to be like foreplay, but I wasnt actually supposed to talk about it... until babeland...Shoestring Promotions
  7. 7. Terms
  8. 8. TermsNon-store retail
  9. 9. TermsNon-store retailBrick and Mortar
  10. 10. TermsNon-store retailBrick and MortarSex-Positive
  11. 11. TermsNon-store retailBrick and MortarSex-PositiveSecondary Effects
  12. 12. TermsNon-store retailBrick and MortarSex-PositiveSecondary EffectsCis-Gendered
  13. 13. Positionality
  14. 14. PositionalityI identify as a sex-positive, cis-gendered, queer, white,middle-class womyn; born & raised in Las Vegas,where sex and churches are everywhere.
  15. 15. Research Questions
  16. 16. Research QuestionsWhy isn’t there a sex-positive, sex-oriented retail storein Las Vegas?
  17. 17. Research QuestionsWhy isn’t there a sex-positive, sex-oriented retail storein Las Vegas? What factors do or don’t support this kind of store in Las Vegas?
  18. 18. Research QuestionsWhy isn’t there a sex-positive, sex-oriented retail storein Las Vegas? What factors do or don’t support this kind of store in Las Vegas? Where and how is pleasure for women sold in Las Vegas?
  19. 19. Literature & Theorhetical Framework
  20. 20. Literature & Theorhetical Framework Radical Feminism
  21. 21. Literature & Theorhetical Framework Radical Feminism Sex Positive Feminism
  22. 22. Literature & Theorhetical Framework Radical Feminism Sex Positive Feminism Sex Toy Retail
  23. 23. Literature & Theorhetical Framework Radical Feminism Sex Positive Feminism Sex Toy Retail Zoning History in Las Vegas
  24. 24. Methods
  25. 25. MethodsInterviews - 4
  26. 26. MethodsInterviews - 4Email Interviews - 6
  27. 27. MethodsInterviews - 4Email Interviews - 6Ethnographic Sites - 9
  28. 28. MethodsInterviews - 4Email Interviews - 6Ethnographic Sites - 9Frantic Emails & Calls - 3,937
  29. 29. Portland Stores ShebopIt’s My Pleasure -
  30. 30. Vegas StoresXandria - The Rack -
  31. 31. Priscilla’s - The Studio - Affiliates - 1099 employees, no licensure, buyback of product, online option for purchase, or online affiliate only..
  32. 32. Findings - Business Models Location Incorporation Employees Structure Licensure *SheBop (i/e) LLC, co-investors officers, investors, PT b/m, online business license only*It’s My Pleasure(i/e) LLC, one officer one officer, one PT b/m, local delivery business license only Counter Media ... owner/employee b/m business license only Adult Superstore INC., subsidiary hierarchy; FT, PT b/m Industrial, Adult Retail Unrestricted Priscilla’s (i/e) INC., subsidiary hierarchy; FT, PT b/m Commercial, Adult Retail 51% *Rack (e) LLC, two officers/ officers, PT b/m Commercial, co-investors Adult Retail 51% Studio (e) LLC officers, PT b/m, online Industrial, Adult Retail Unrestricted *Xandria (i/e) INC, subsidiary hierarchy; FT, PT **internet based, Industrial, Adult Retail separate call center Unrestricted *Affiliates (e) **1099 Employees hierarchy; PT **home-based w/ optional **no separate business internet component license (i) = interview * = feminism informs in **factors that shape LV (e) = ethnographic site some way retail
  33. 33. Findings
  34. 34. FindingsRelatively Closed Communities
  35. 35. FindingsRelatively Closed CommunitiesVegas History
  36. 36. FindingsRelatively Closed CommunitiesVegas HistoryAffiliate Model circumnavigates zoning and licensure restristions
  37. 37. FindingsRelatively Closed CommunitiesVegas HistoryAffiliate Model circumnavigates zoning and licensure restristionsMajorly successful models in Las Vegas have combination licensure onthe same property or are large corporations
  38. 38. FindingsRelatively Closed CommunitiesVegas HistoryAffiliate Model circumnavigates zoning and licensure restristionsMajorly successful models in Las Vegas have combination licensure onthe same property or are large corporations These models are not intrinsically informed by feminism
  39. 39. Analysis
  40. 40. AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueer
  41. 41. AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueerIf you zone it, it will come...
  42. 42. AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueerIf you zone it, it will come... Pleasure for Women is still undercover in Las Vegas
  43. 43. AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueerIf you zone it, it will come... Pleasure for Women is still undercover in Las VegasOther successful feminist models are economic, as well as patriarchalinterventions.
  44. 44. AnalysisFace of sex-oriented retail in Las Vegas is white, older and male, even if itsqueerIf you zone it, it will come... Pleasure for Women is still undercover in Las VegasOther successful feminist models are economic, as well as patriarchalinterventions.in LV, the most financially successful models are traditional retail models,and alternative or more independently financed models are slower to growcustomer bases
  45. 45. Thank You! Look under your chair please :)The Xandria Collection - http://www.xandria.com/index.php?siteid=corporateThe Rack - http://www.onyxtheatre.com/index.htmThe Studio - http://www.peselectro.com/Shebop - www.sheboptheshop.comWelcome to the Slumber Parties by Michelle Website!www.slumberpartiesbymichellehall.com

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