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.
HEY FUN FACT: pole dancing is known as something strippers do
because strippers invented it.And that’s okay! It’s okay to have respect for strippers and the hard work they put into what they do! Let’s stop trying to take the stripper part out of pole dancing so upperclass white girls can do it without being ~stigmatized~ because god forbid women be sexual.
Except strippers DEFINITELY DID NOT invent pole dancing.
Pole dancing goes waaaay back, like, 500 years ago to the Indian sport of Mallakhamb, which is SUPER BADASS AND YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.
The Chinese pole, originating in India, uses two poles on which men would perform “gravity defying tricks” as they leap from pole to pole, at approximately twenty feet in the air.
In the 1920s, traveling circuses and sideshows would utilize pole dancing with a pole in the middle of a tent. Eventually the pole dancing moved from tents to bars, and combined with burlesque dance.
So yes - People took pole dancing and made it sexual on purpose.
Can people make it not sexual again? Maybe. It’s super badass, super pretty and I fully support anyone who wants to pursue pole dancing as an athletic (or sexual) activity.
Can we take the ‘stripper’ part out of it? No - it’s part of the history now. That’d be like trying to take the Italian influence out of glassblowing.
Can we make it less stigmatized by trying to promote its use in non-sexualized or public-friendly ways? Hell yeah~