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There are 7 comments on Pole Dancing Comes to FitRec

  1. Every parents dream is to work hard, sacrifice, and save money to afford to send their children to a decent University in the hopes that their children will have a better life. No where in that dream was pole dancing involved….As a father who has daughters your whole goal in life is just to keep them off the stripper pole…and here BU goes and brings the pole to them…for $50k a year.

    1. I’m sorry that you fear your daughter’s sexuality and self expression. Being a woman at university in the 21st century, I’m sure she’s done a lot of things you’d consider more offensive than exercising on a pole. And you should be proud of her for it.

    2. It is a good exercise for upper and lower body similar to the ropes.
      I understand your concern about it being associated with strippers but
      BU is not offering this course to train future Stormy Daniels
      The more exercise programs women are involved helps with mental and physical function and they and often are less sexually active which is one reason sports are encouraged especially in high school women
      Get the men involved in the class

  2. I have a lot – a LOT – of issues with the way this article is written. While it’s great that BU is offering a pole dancing class, which can boost confidence in one’s body while being a unique and enjoyable exercise that engages every muscle for a full-body workout, the emergence of pole dancing as a mainstream exercise has had problematic consequences in terms of the dialogue surrounding pole dancing’s origins and the othering of strippers. The very first sentence of this article opens with the false assumption that even the idea of the action pole dancing conjures up “unsavory images”. Why does the context of a strip club make pole dancing “unsavory” while it’s an “empowering and strength-building” exercise in the context of a university fitness center? “BU’s Pole Dancing Circuit class was not intended to train a new generation of exotic dancers. This FitRec class was about fitness, and fun.” First of all – why does the implication here even EXIST that strippers – who are PROFESSIONAL pole dancers – don’t care about the fitness and fun of pole dancing when they invented it and brought it into the mainstream, and made it accessible? Also, why does the author feel the need to provide a disclaimer that this class isn’t intended to encourage the individuals taking the class to become exotic dancers? Why does the author feel the need to draw this imaginary line between pole work in the context of stripping and pole work in the context of a gym? The most concerning aspect of this all, however, is that the teacher of this class seems to actually agree with this idea – that somehow there is some higher ground to pole dancing in a gym versus in a club. To be in that environment is not empowering – it’s an embodiment of the breed of contemporary feminism that alienates the disenfranchised – among them sex workers.

  3. I’d like to second Katharine’s comments. Pole dancing and stripping are a great form of exercise – but it’s important to recognize that the women who are taking the class in the FitRec are not only exempt from the scrutiny, stigma, and shame that society places on strippers and people in the sex industry – but that this article seems to suggest they are complicit in perpetuating it. Stripping is fun, and it does keep you fit! And as a form of self-expression, it’s important to situate pole-dancing in it’s context: sex work and the strip club. Taking it out of the strip club, cleaning it up, and refusing to acknowledge its history while simultaneously insinuating that strippers and sex workers are ‘less than’ is whitewashing the industry and ignoring what’s happening in the US today. It also ignores the financial insecurity of many students on BU’s campus who may actually have worked in the sex trades in some form or another – and further marginalizes their experiences, insisting on their shamefulness.

  4. To the commenters above! I wholeheartedly agree with you. But let’s face it, if there wasn’t any association between the pole dancing and the sex industry this article would not have been written. Instead there would simply be another entry in the fitrec catalogue of course offerings. Pole dancing, yoga, kick boxing, volleyball.

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