George Takei’s Response to Pole Dancers
Last night, George Takei, posted a meme about pole dancers (focused more on the stripper than anything else) and the pole community was quick to reply! His meme stated – Parents: Raise the bar, or they might work the pole. See his apology below and the reactions by some pole dancers. “Well, I stepped in it with my pole-dancer meme, didn’t I? I appreciate the thoughtful responses to my post, and I left it up so that the dialogue could continue. It was certainly not my intent to shame anyone. My point, rather, is that we live in a society that objectifies women, and there is something sad, in my view, when women make money–even good money–by buying into that system, using their bodies rather than their minds, and quite often (but not always) becoming the victims of a degrading system. My aim was to encourage parents to do a better job teaching young girls to value themselves and aim higher, and to make that point with levity. Few parents actually hope that their children turn out to be pole dancers, though some fairly can say it wouldn’t bother them as long as they were happy. And so, I have gained some insight. Thanks, fans, for your excellent points on both sides.” – George Takei “Hi George! Long time fan but recent fan with concern. I myself have suffered with weight gain due to a long history of knee problems. As a professional singer in Hollywood you can see how this has affected my carter in recent years as my mobility has been modified to such an extent. POLE FITNESS is what has brought me back! I take weekly pole dancing classes at The Choreography House and in the last year am FINALLY able to sleep without knee pain as I am strengthening muscles in my legs and gaining flexibility that no other sport, yoga, or pilates allowed me. Please take a minute to look at Unitedpoleartists Upa and open your mind to mind to this competitive expressive sport. I promise you, you will be blown away with the athleticism that is demonstrated. I am familiar, as we all are, with stereotypes of pole dancers…. but change starts one person at a time! How great would it be to have someone as integral and talented as YOU lead the change in view on professional pole fitness!” – Dani Armstrong “Hi George! I am a professional pole dancer and choreographer for a number of pole dance athletes. There is a whole artistic pole dance movement that you should see! I have a 4-year old show in Hollywood called Girl Next Door – A Pole Dance Soiree. Check out a sampling of where pole is now! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-ky01jgO_c” – Kelly Yvonne “Here’s an idea, George, stop saying that women shouldn’t use their bodies as they see fit because the system is degrading, and start advocating for the degrading system to STOP BEING DEGRADING. Sex work is honorable work, the only reason it is seen as degrading is because of the predominant patriarchal culture that views sex as filth and women as inferior, and allows opportunists to take over and put it on par with human trafficking. A lot of parents want their kids to be a lot of things. The only reason parents don’t want their kids being pole dancers is because our society still retains a disturbingly puritan view of sex. Hey, guess what. If sex weren’t shameful in our culture, people doing sexwork wouldn’t be shamed.” – Kat Mantszi To see more posts from both sides of this debate, visit George’s Fan Page!