Mojave Mirages: Gender and Performance in Las Vegas

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The article explores the permeable boundaries between image, perception, experience, and realities through a series of personal observations on gender and performance in Las Vegas. The author’s observations on this resort destination in the middle of the Mojave Desert are mingled with the narratives of women who came to the area during and after World War II. Lucrative jobs in wartime industries followed by the post-war tourist economy gave women opportunities to earn more money than they could ‘back home.’ A work in progress, the article explores why women came to Las Vegas and stayed and how they, like many visitors to the city, play out their fantasies in its public theater.


History; Nevada--Las Vegas; Performance; Sex; Sex role; Tourism; Women; World War (1939-1945)


Gender and Sexuality | History | United States History | Women's History | Women's Studies


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