Whoopie is the sh*t, ok. Here the ladies of The View discuss the controversy of pole dancing classes for kids, and regardless of your viewpoint on that topic, Whoopie’s insistence that a pole CAN simply be another apparatus is totally refreshing! Added bonus, they replayed footage from my appearance on the show in May. Watch the clip here: The View / Pole Dancing for Kids
Incidentally, when I was in Mexico City, I was interviewed by 15 a 20 magazine, which is billed like the Teen magazine of Mexico. One of the questions I was asked was how their readers (15 to 20-year olds, natch) could get into the sport. I was a little surprised by the question…and perhaps a little thrown off and said something about researching legitimate pole dancing schools that teach proper technique, and if your parents allow it, asking them to put up a portable pole in your bedroom.
This is a topic I’m still grappling with, as I do see how it’s possible to desexualize the sport/art (as I have sometimes been criticized of doing with my own dance!) but inherently, I do think pole dancing has, and should, have elements of sex appeal and subversiveness. That’s what attracted me to the artform in the first place. But are children and teenagers, who already deal with enough bullying and self-esteem issues brought on by their peers, ready to admit to the world, their fellow students (and their parents), and teachers that they pole dance? What do you guys think?