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hairyqueenofscots Mon 19-Nov-12 09:36:59

in my work i work with very highly qualified academics, i am support staff. they have all recently started these classes and burlesque. I have recently got very interested in the feminism on MN. I am saddened these woman are doing this ,they have everything going for them! Am i wrong? be gentle i am a learner smile

WilsonFrickett Mon 19-Nov-12 10:21:50

Margot I've done yoga a lot and believe me, I couldn't do half of this stuff.

MoomieAndFreddie Mon 19-Nov-12 10:21:53

yy wilsonfrickett

exactly that

hairyqueenofscots Mon 19-Nov-12 10:24:20

so sorry about your friend kim.

KittyLilith Mon 19-Nov-12 10:25:37

I'm still of the opinion that the intent matters. Pretending to be a stripper or performing for the male gaze was the furthest thing from my mind. I find the gym boring. It's fun to spin round upside down. That's my main reason for doing the classes.

AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 10:32:45

IMO, it's the "root" that matters. Where it came from. How stuff like pole dancing (that originated in the sex industry) is being normalised in society. Yes, people have always swung around ropes, and slippery poles (anyone seen a team of laughing and mostly drunk people climbing a greasy that is a laugh) and stuff. But what we are talking about here is something very different.

Has there been a "Pole dancing gift set" for 8yo's in Tesco yet ? If not, there will be soon.

crescentmoon Mon 19-Nov-12 10:33:29

Would people think belly dancing for fitness is anti feminist? I've started private lessons recently and it's very athletic but very visual as well. But I enjoy it because of the whole 'gorgeous even if your fat' thing.

DameMargotFountain Mon 19-Nov-12 10:39:59

but Wilson, the only reason you need to do that stuff, is to pole dance

i don't think many of our top women athletes put pole dancing onto their schedule

GetAllTheThings Mon 19-Nov-12 10:44:17

Has there been a "Pole dancing gift set" for 8yo's in Tesco yet ? If not, there will be soon.

Yes here. There are also pole dancing classes for children.

BeerTricksPott3r Mon 19-Nov-12 10:44:32

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AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 10:47:22

I thought so, GetAll sad

badtasteflump Mon 19-Nov-12 10:47:49

What a load of bollocks it all is.

Prostitution is probably good for fitness too - all that walking the streets and frantic shagging hmm

badtasteflump Mon 19-Nov-12 10:49:02

GetAll I don't think the item you linked to looks aimed at children, actually.

AbigailAdams Mon 19-Nov-12 10:54:07

How many men do you have in your class Moomie?

GetAllTheThings Mon 19-Nov-12 10:54:51

GetAll I don't think the item you linked to looks aimed at children, actually.

Well they were forced to remove it from the 'toys and games' section of their website and move it to 'Fitness Accessories' so someone thought it was I guess..

WilsonFrickett Mon 19-Nov-12 10:59:31

That product you linked to is exactly what I'm talking about though GetAll, coming as it does with its handy '100 dance dollars'. That's exactly what I mean about intent. The intent there is to link the pole to dancing for money. If you take that intent away then it's just a pole.

Unlike lapdancing - which is always 'for' men, 'by' women - pole dancing can be just dancing if the intent, content and audience is right.

AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 11:04:54

I wonder why people don't dance around telegraph poles, high jump poles, flag poles etc ? confused

100 dance dollars
In fairness I don't actually think that's intended for children

BeerTricksPott3r Mon 19-Nov-12 11:07:22

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AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 11:09:03

of course, BTP

Firemen are supposed to maintain a certain level of physical fitness, aren't they ?

Perfect...they have the ideal fitness solution right there in the station

DameMargotFountain Mon 19-Nov-12 11:09:05

you can't dance round a telegraph pole, you'd get dog piss all up your fishnets grin

AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 11:09:32


WilsonFrickett Mon 19-Nov-12 11:09:58

And splinters in your bits shock

AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 11:13:06

ah, but wilson, your bits would not be available for splinter insertion

...if pole dancing were just for fitness

you would be pole dancing around a telegraph pole in your duffel coat, Moon boots and woolly tights, wouldn't you, bits very firmly out of reach of splinters ?grin

WilsonFrickett Mon 19-Nov-12 11:14:56

grin You are so right, I would probably wear my padded cycling shorts as well, thus adding a further layer of protection.

BeerTricksPott3r Mon 19-Nov-12 11:20:40

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