Amazing gymnastics or male titillation?

25 Sep

We wish we had the skill to do even one of these moves. But that would involve doing more exercise which is unlikely to happen.

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3 Responses to “Amazing gymnastics or male titillation?”

  1. bambam September 27, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    What’s wrong with it being both?

  2. Dave Jackson September 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    Can’t make up my mind if this would be titillating to most men. Isn’t to me but I suspect the way it is filmed and cut is meant to be. Seeing individual routines right through would give a much better idea of the skill involved than cutting between performers. For me neither titillating nor giving a true picture of the skills and strength involved. Leaves me asking, “why?”

  3. badfeministuk September 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    You’re right, Bam Bam – and it can be just as titillating for women as men(we certainly thought it was pretty hot).

    That said, the line between titillation and objectification is a challenging one to balance up: yes, women should be able to do what they want to earn a living. However, there are also wider ramifications to bear in mind (eg, incidents of rape are more common near lap dancing clubs – though this research may be biased by the fact that pole/lap dancing clubs are often in rough areas of town)

    Understand what you mean re: seeing full routines, Dave, but this video was designed to show off the most impressive moves from all the winners, hence the edit. Also, when watching a woman perform an entire routine, there’s more time to engage with her individually – which can add to the titillation – whereas seeing the incredible gymnastic moves edited together makes it more about the moves than the women (to us, anyway).

    Why? Because the video shows pole dancing requires strength and skill, and performers should be treated with respect rather than people assuming poke dancing is purely about the dancers being the objects of male (or indeed, female) gaze, for nothing more than the sexual gratification of the viewer.

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