***update*** okay, so, I cooled off, and re-read the piece, and I see now that the author had a pretty poor experience. Trying to learn something with a whole classroom of students watching ONLY YOU, while being instructed to urged to act sexier (nay, to release your “erotic creature”) sounds like the stuff of my worst nightmares.
That said… I hate that she called us a cult, and I hate that this is another voice adding to the choir of “pole dance is about amateur stripping.” HARRUMPH.
This especially disappoints me because I have written for XO Jane.
WOMEN BEING SEXY ON POLES ARE SO PATHETIC, RIGHT?
This attitude of “I’m smart and analytical, I’m so far above this stuff” really gets me. While I’m not a huge fan of the X-factor style of dance, I still feel like the author’s ego was challenged, and that was her main problem with the class. Actually TRYING? Risking looking stupid? FUCK THIS CLASS, BEING SEXY IS FOR BIMBOS.
Balls. It’s cowardly to pick on people that do a thing because you didn’t like doing it. And we’re an easy target, I get it. Let’s all laugh at the dumb sluts on poles! We’re practically the Real Housewives of the dance world. Everybody, grab your tomatoes!
Anyway, I said my piece. Now go say yours!!