We found an article recently written by Bella Vendetta sticking up for strippers every where. Her message could not be more clear. It’s the argument we just can’t get enough of. But her points are valid, strong and seem to be coming from a personal point of view. A person’s feelings cannot be denied. Her experiences have brought her to this place. She is calling for strippers to unite!
“One would think that; one would be wrong.
In almost every article written about pole dancing as a fitness trend, you will almost always see some variation of the phrase: “Pole dancing: it’s not just for strippers anymore!”
Every studio owner who gets interviewed by the press seems to want to make it very undeniably clear that they are not strippers, and that the type of pole aerobics and gymnastics that they practice are not degrading to women—it’s just a great workout!
It’s not anything like what those nasty, dirty, no self respecting strippers do.
One would think this (legal) form of sex work would be more acceptable than ever. There’s televised award shows and showcases of pole athletes emulating strippers, flawlessly pulling of practiced moves that we have created and, in some cases, are even named after us.
But more and more, we are left out of the conversation. Folks want to erase stripper and stripclub culture from the sport.
There have been many arguments, with no real conclusion, as to the origins of pole dancing. Chinese acrobatic pole, ancient Indian Mallakhamba, circus and sideshow performance. Pole fitness enthusiasts like to throw this history at us to prove they aren’t like us; what they do is an art, a performance, a skill.
I will never be one to argue about the origins of the craft—the fact remains that modern pole fitness most closely resembles pole dancing, like the kind you see at a stripclub. The acrobats of yesteryear never donned 7 inch pleaser heels or glittery outfits or finished their routines with hair flips and booty pops. That is stripper culture. No amount of distance you put between yourself and that culture changes the fact that you are emulating it, and very blatantly.”
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