Like seriously, why isn’t pole dancing an olympic sport? This is freakin gymnastics. This is strength and skill. This is not sexual whatsoever. Why does pole dancing have to be so stigmatised as a sexual thing that only strippers do? I have great respect for all people who can pull this off. This is art and beauty right here.
that girl in the back is like “Holy shit how am I supposed to top that”
she legitimately looks like she’s being served
Yooo, but don’t disregard that pole dancing is a thing that sex workers created, as if those roots delegitimize the athleticism.
Well, pole dancing was popularized by sex workers in the 80s (you can thank Canada for that). And that’s sweet, popularity is great! “Exotic” pole dancers did tons of awesome stuff building the musicality of the sport and making it a lot more fluid and beautiful.
Buuut, pole as an athletic sport actually came first!! Its earliest roots trace back to 12 century China and India! The Indian sport of mallakhamb - “pole wrestling,” and circus performances on the Chinese pole gave us a ton of tricks and spins that we still use today (like, for instance, the flag - a balance position where the athlete sticks straight out using their crazy arm and ab strength). Those were made widespread via traveling circuses in the 20s. When Western dancers saw the pole, they rightfully thought it was super cool and it was eventually picked up by the bars and stripclubs and combined with burlesque dancing as a standard part of strip routines. And yes, we also still use dance moves added at that time.
And as a final note, there actually is a current bid by the International Pole Dance Fitness Association to get pole in the Olympics! So it might be an Olympic sport soon :)