It depends. I think pole dancing originally started as a circus act, before being taken up by the sex industry. Its now in the process of becoming more mainstream and less associated with sexual exploitation. Think of Argentinian Tango. That originated in brothels but its hard to detect much of the original sleeziness when watching ballroom dancers perform it today. Much more focus on technical skill. Pole dancing will be the same in 10-20 years time.
If the main point was sexiness then no, if the main point was athleticism then not so fussed.
With a lot of stuff it's the aim of it rather than what it actually is IYSWIM. Swinging round a pole isn't in itself a "sexy" thing, it's who's doing it, what are they wearing, is the primary aim to sexually arouse the audience type thing.