Like seriously, why isn’t pole dancing an olympic sport? This is freakin gymnastics. This is strength and skill. This is not sexual whatsoever. Why does pole dancing have to be so stigmatised as a sexual thing that only strippers do? I have great respect for all people who can pull this off. This is art and beauty right here.
because sex workers invented it. can we stop trying so hard to ~elevate~ stripping/pole dance from its roots? thx
reblogging this with sterling’s comment because i’ve been seeing it on my dash with her url on it but her comment ripped off kinda making it look like she supports pole dancing being stolen from sex workers
I’m gonna be a bitch here and say that athletic, aerobic type of pole work looks like fucking shit anyways. You look like a fucking fool if you do that, and you don’t look in anyway sex. Keep trying to be “edgy” but it looks like shit. Oh you’re doing it “just for the fitness”? then why not do circus arts which take considerably the same amount of strength and agility.
Strippers who do pole work (I didn’t really, I can’t gain the muscle cuz of EDS) always look graceful, like they’re underwater. To a non sex worker this might sound weird but strippers look fucking elegant on the pole.
The art and beauty is how strippers do it. Whatever the fuck you’re playing at looks like when Miley tries to twerk, aka, ruining it. (though a lot of white strippers do kind of twerk moves, but at a lot of clubs this is the only way to make considerable stage tips.
Actually sex workers didn’t invent pole dancing it was traced back eight hundred years to the traditional Indian sport of mallakhamb, not bashing or anything I used to strip but like try to educate yourself if you’re going to talk about something
But are these “pole dancers” doing the traditional Indian sport? (I’ve also heard Chinese too) The thing is, this is a common argument whorephobic girls use, and I know as a former sex worker that’s not you, but please don’t buy into their BS.
They are trying to take our sport but cleanse it of our dirty whore-ness. The pole dance they do they DIRECTLY took from strippers, the whole pole dance movement with civvies started with basically girls wanting to feel sexy, edgy, or a little dirty without actually having to deal with the stigma.
Then all the sudden instead of it being a way to spice up their sad sex lives, they decided it was an “art and sport”.
clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead do you have anything more to say about pole dancing girls trying to discredit us SWs being upset about pole dancers trying to say that they’re doing some “ancient art”?
Either way, not attacking you hun, but I think it’s a valid discussion a lot of non SWs try to derail with :)
Burlesque dancers didn’t share tents with mallakhamb performers and I’d be damn surprised to hear that traveling shows that included burlesque and strip tease also included large logs that people practises mallakhamb on. Plus women weren’t allowed to participate in either mallakhamb or the Chinese pole sport. They wouldn’t have been shooting the shit being all “ladies ladies, let me show you some tricks you can do on my pole.”
I mean it shows an abysmal ignorance of the actual history of each performance style, plus traveling burlesque, plus race relations in the us. PLUS the immediate history of the popularity of pole fitness.
The fact that they’re trying to cite mallakhamb shows how little they know what the fuck they’re talking about. Google mallakhamb and google Felix Kane and tell me which fucking style middle class women are emulating.
Christ is there a better term than cultural appropriation for the kind of spiritual yoga-esque wash they’re pulling over pole work?
I already talked about all this though. In my gr8 pole deb8 tag there’s a fantastic quote about culturally appropriative bitches who do pole but feel the need to distance themselves from strippers. It’s probably ten pages back now but it’s worth reposting if anyone wants to look it up.
But yeah they’re all tired and they look bunk as shit in their little boy shorts and sports bras and splayed feet. Rihanna wouldn’t hire you and neither would diplo so knock it off.