Pole Dancing as a Feminist Statement

Monday, November 21, 2011

When I first began pole dancing lessons I was concerned about betraying my feminist inclinations by doing something that seemingly objectifies women so blatantly. Honestly, this was one of my biggest concerns about the classes, how it would impact me ethically. How could I claim to be a feminist if I was actively participating in subjugation of women?

Or not.

One of the biggest surprises for me was how empowering it was to pole dancing. Yes, there is a large part of it based on sensuality and sexuality, but that is secondary to the confidence and strength that comes from twirling around the pole.

Embracing my femininity and sexuality does not mean that I am surrendering my identity as a feminist. To the contrary. I think that embracing all of the aspects including the sexual and sensual of my gender is more empowering. Additionally, how many men do you know who can climb a pole upside down wearing booty shorts and a sports bra?

So my initial impression and concern could not have been more unfounded. I am more aware of my body, my sensual side, my sexual side, I am a heck of a lot stronger, and a hell of a lot more confident.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of the biggest surprises for me was ho empowering it was to pole dancing.
Freudian slip there? ;)

Just Me said...

lol! whoops! Thanks!

Jen said...

What an interesting point of view. I like it... a lot.

heather_artiste said...

Sounds great! I have heard how empowering pole dancing and similar classes are. I might need to try one.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Gaining strength is good.

Robin said...

more power to you!....

Tamyr said...

Great post!
I've always wanted to try out pole dancing, but never really had the courage for it. Maybe next year as I will be focusing more on me and less on others. I did do bellydancing last year and it was equally as empowering as what you wrote in above post. You get to love yourself more and see what you're capable of as a woman with such feminine features. It builds confidence and that's the main reason why I loved it :)

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Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos said...

One of my friends is a pole dancing instructor and she is phenomenal. So many people associate it with negative when, in reality, I've seen people changed by her classes. Love this point of view.

The Dolls Are Alright said...

As a past President of the Tampa Chapter of NOW (1972), all I can say is ~ YOU GO GIRL! Good for you!

Joanne said...

Sounds like fun. I am a bit shy whe it comes to doing stuff like this. Another thing I have always wanted to do was belly dancing.

Venus said...

I have seen some amazing athletic feats by pole dancers... more power to you!

MommyCribNotes.com said...

Wow, you go girl! I'm taking my first pole dancing lesson - after putting it off until it's expiration date - much to my husband's utter joy. I confess, I'm scared...

Marie said...

That is AWESOME! :)

LBDDiaries said...

Love your take on this. I agree with Venus above, it takes some athleticism to be able to do some of the things I've seen! Good for you!

Kimberly Gauthier said...

I took a pole dancing class and loved it. I gave my boyfriend a lap dance and he loved that, but then wondered how I put myself through college.

Yep, I'm that good! And I got student loans that I'm still paying off.

Congrats on your SITS day!

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