Posted By Jeff on May 29, 2009
Some feminists say pole dancing is wrong and that women shouldn’t do it for fun, exercise or profit; that the current fad for pole dancing classes, of all things, is symptomatic of a culture gone entirely to raunch, since pole dancing has traditionally been the province of strippers.
Other people think that pole dancing is fun, healthy, healthful, sexually empowering and enjoy also that it’s got a bad reputation, as in:
There’s a fun discussion of the issue over at the Dating Jesus blog, which isn’t entirely what you might think it is, by the name of it.
In case anyone was wondering, I have, in fact, been on a stage and partly stripped by a woman who was also stripping, and there was a pole involved. The woman was not a professional stripper. She was a professional something-else, smart, educated, accomplished, comfortable in her body and about about my age. I am not sure how much exercise we got, but our pulses definitely quickened. Heat was generated.
It was fun, for everyone but the SMC, who had mixed feelings about it afterwards.
For me? Pole dancing is dancing, and dancing can be whatever some one wants it to be … from prim to wildly erotic and blatantly lusty and lurid. The pole is just a prop.
Is bellydancing wrong?
I didn’t think so.