Can I please leave the house without being forced to endure yet another fancy strip show?
One woman told a friend, after I walked out, mid-performance, offended and uncomfortable, that I was just “jealous” I wasn’t the center of attention. Ah yes, that classic trope. The only possible reason a woman could be critical of anything another woman does is jealousy. CAT FIGHT!What is “real” burlesque if it isn’t the dozen or so performances I’ve watched over the years? I’ve seen both “professional” and “amateur” performances at both mainstream and “alternative” venues, as well as, of course, on television. How many of these shows do I need to watch in order to be sufficiently qualified to say that watching a bunch of white girls with tattoos (no dis to the tattooed, but thanks to Suicide Girls we seem to think tattoos and piercings are patriarchy-killers) getting naked on a stage for a cheering audience is still about objectifying women’s bodies and, beyond that, these shows are, honestly, boring?Lady after lady after lady walking on to a stage, dancing around for two minutes before stripping down to her thong and shaking her ass (albeit with different props than the lady who proceeded her) is not creative, interesting, or revolutionary. The only difference between strippers and burlesque dancers is that burlesque dancers are well-off enough to call their strip shows a “hobby.”If I want to see a strip show, I’ll go to a strip club. But do you think it might be ok for us to eat dinner or go to the bar without having to endure an hour of weak-ass choreography that NO ONE WOULD EVER WATCH if it weren’t served with a side of ass?Why do girl trends always have to be about getting naked or pole dancing? Why does female “art” or performance still have to be about performing for the male gaze? When do we get a new trend? Tassels and top hats feel so old-news to me.
Adrienne sent this to me thinking I would hate it and I hate that I actually like it. GD you xojane.
There are certain points I agree with but for probably different reasons: as I’ve said so many times before I find the pole dancing craze infuriating because consumers of pole classes want to sanitize it and make it “art” by separating themselves from the dirty sluts who created it, on top of which pole dancing classes around here often take over strip clubs for their embarrassing graduation ceremonies.
And I have the same problem with burlesque performers; even a few of the Suicide Girls on their awful US tour in 2004 or 05 went on record as saying “we aren’t strippers, we don’t pick up dollar bills with our twats.” which is hilarious because a bunch of them were strippers, and also posing naked on the internet for 300$ total, forever, is somehow more feminist than—omg. sorry I’m so distractable, insults from the sex worker wars never go away apparently.
But I still agree with her.