Pole Dancing, Empowerment and Embodiment by Samantha Holland

By Samantha Holland

This publication, the 1st of its sort, examines pole dancing sessions, that are held in additional than 50 nations all over the world. This research attracts on unique qualitative information accumulated within the united kingdom, Australia and the U.S. with members who attended pole dancing periods and their teachers. utilizing pole dancing sessions as a kick off point for a much wider dialogue approximately gendered physicality, physique picture and embodiment, rest, empowerment and delight, the voices of the members are positioned along present discourses, drawing on relaxation, gender and cultural reports and sociology to bare a phenomenon with many contradictions: for instance, the habitual subject of individuals disliking physical exertion, yet of feeling liberated, or even empowered, by way of pole sessions. Such findings problem a dead ringer for pole sessions as sexualized and objectifying. The publication additionally examines such themes as males and pole and the global pole group.

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Pole Dancing, Empowerment and Embodiment

This e-book, the 1st of its sort, examines pole dancing sessions, that are held in additional than 50 nations around the globe. This learn attracts on unique qualitative information gathered within the united kingdom, Australia and the U.S. with members who attended pole dancing periods and their teachers. utilizing pole dancing sessions as a place to begin for a much wider dialogue approximately gendered physicality, physique photograph and embodiment, rest, empowerment and delight, the voices of the members are put along present discourses, drawing on relaxation, gender and cultural stories and sociology to bare a phenomenon with many contradictions: for instance, the habitual topic of contributors disliking physical exertion, yet of feeling liberated, or even empowered, via pole periods.

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Kay Inckle (2007) draws a distinction between a sociology of the body and embodied sociology, arguing that the former reduces the body to just that, ‘the’ body, whereas the latter engage[s] the messy, complex, and contradictory factors at play in human experience, as well as the essentially emotive, corporeal From Circus and Sex … 37 and intersubjective, visceral, sentient nature of our being. As such, embodied sociologists abandon abstract categories and the ideals of analytical tidiness. Here then, we see that the endeavour is not just about bodies but also about what we learn from bodies and the lives they lead.

22 Pole Dancing, Empowerment and Embodiment ‘I can feel myself fighting myself’ – this prompts more serious discussion about a move, advice, instant encouragement, and a barrage of suggestions, ‘put your head down’, ‘that’s why it’s good to do a static V first, to see if you have enough strength to hold yourself up there’. The level of balance, strength and confidence at this level is aweinspiring. But noticeable that at all the classes, whatever level, I never notice anyone mentioning cellulite or weight, only discussion about how to achieve a move.

Levy, 2006, pp. 197, 199) No, of course not and certainly no pole school or studio I went to even attempted to claim such a thing; their aims were quite simple, to enjoy exercise, to boost self-confidence and body image and to encourage others to do so. In fact, Levy’s concept of who does pole, and who does stripping, are the most simplistic and plastic stereotypes. Levy absolutely fails to address the key issue, just as some feminist academics have refused to credit exotic dancers with having consciousness and agency.

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