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-1 Pole Dancing Samantha Angel Soc 235 Gender Roles in Society Erica Dixon 8/15/2010 Background- Why did I pick this topic?
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Spring quarter I met a girl named Angela in my choir class; I was surprised to learn she pole danced. Learning about pole dancing was very odd for me. I thought it was slutty and skanky, but after talking to her and watching her dance I felt differently, and I hope that you will too! Pole dancing has a very strong stigmata, not everyone appreciate how much strength or talent it takes to truly be able to perform athletic pole dancing moves. History- The first documented striptease was back in ancient Sumerian times, it involved Inanna the goddess of love, who left clothing at each of the seven gates. Some believe that this is also the myth from the Bible known as the ‘Dance of Seven Veils’. The Bible records this but it was virtually unknown of until 1883 when Oscar Wilde’s movie “Salome”. Some would like to credit Wilde’s film for introducing sexualized dancing, but the Bible says differently. Sexualized dancing can include anything from belly dancing and pole dancing to the tango. Belly dancing is another form that is thought to derive from the “Dance of Seven Veils“(Lloyd,2007). Also, there are ancient Indian and Chinese rope and gymnast pillar sports that greatly resemble pole dancing (Femme, 2009). In the Middle East, at one time it was thought to bring fertility to women. One other sensual dance is the Rumba, it was made for when the men came from the fields smelling bad to the brothels the women would entice them upstairs but they would keep their heads turned from them (Lloyd ,2007). Pole dancing wasn’t really wide spread until the 1920’s, when traveling fairs would put women on the stage to dance suggestively for paying males. There was a pole inside the tent and women the began to dance on it. It was know as the dancing pole.
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It traveled from tents to bars as burlesque shows became more acceptable in the 1950’s. There really wasn’t much change until the 1980’s when pole dancing and strip tease became popular in Canada and then the USA. Changing attitudes were seen at this time with films like “strip tease” starring Demi Moore, she even got Barbara Walters to pole dance on primetime television!
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