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Robin Reed is a twenty-two-year-old single mother and graduating senior at the University of Nevada. In addition to being an excellent student and loving mother, Robin is proud of the fact that she has worked hard to support herself and her three-year-old son and to put herself through school. She hopes to attend law school and someday to become a public defender.

Robin does have a problem, however. Since entering college, she has worked part time as an exotic dancer at Sparky's, a popular gentlemans club in Las Vegas, and she doesn't always feel comfortable telling people about her work. The few times she has disclosed her employer-once when a classmate recognized her at the club-she has found people to be very judgemental about what she does. And each time she talks to the people who care about her the most-her mother ans her son-she feels forced to lie about what she does for a living.

For her part, Robin feels that stripping is a just means to an end, no more degrading (and much more lucrative) than a dead-end job in retail or food service. She has read a good deal of feminist theory in her classes and feels torn between what these writers seem to want her to think-that she is complicit in the continuing oppression of women-and how she feels, which is powerful, resourceful, and strong.

Even so, the lying is starting to get to her, and she is increasingly anxious. She feels as if she is being forced to compartmentalize her life in order to survive. robin feels comfortable in all of her worlds-at home, at school, and at the club. But problems occur when these worlds collide.

Questions

1. How would you characterize her emotional state at this time? What are some of the possible reasons she feels as she does? What might she do, if anything, about these feelings?

2. What moral or ethical questions is Robin facing? How would you counsel her if you were her friend? Her mother? Her fiance?

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1. How would you characterize her emotional state at this time? What are some of the possible reasons she feels as she does? What might she do, if anything, about these feelings?

The subject's emotional state at this time is fragile and chaotic. Because people's reactions to her career choice tend to be judgmental, Robin feels guilty and self conscious. Instead of feeling self assured and certain, she feels confusion. In addition to the feelings caused by outsiders, her emotional state is also plagued with guilt due to the fact that she lies to her mother and son.

In order to rectify the feelings, she could tell her mother and son the truth about her occupation. She also could try and not allow others' judgmental feelings to override the fact that she feels justified by engaging in her profession.

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Solution Summary

A case study is listed to assess aspects of organizational communications.

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