The Susan B. Anthony of Pole Dancing

Stephen Colbert nominates a Feminist Difference Maker:

(via the NSWP list)

5 Responses

  1. Stephen Colbert deserves a very reasonably-priced lap dance!

  2. I hear what you’re saying Amber. And agree with Naomi and KA 100% about the treatment of female guests on some of these shows. (See Amber’s link above)

    But I think the Colbert piece was funny. I laughed my ass off. I am a former pole dancer by profession and I’ve considered doing pole dancing fitness classes in my little town where none of the gyms seem to be offering it.

    I think Johnna Mink is a genius- she gets the men’s money in the clubs and gets their wives’ money in private trainings. Of course, it would have also been labeled as misogynist had Colbert pointed out himself that it is in fact women who oppose sex workers more than men do. Of course guys like sex and boobs and half naked women on poles, that is a fact that women can and should use to their advantage.

    Johnna Mink diffuses a lot of the resentment and contempt between sex workers and the ‘civilians’ by saying to them ‘you can do this too, you can explore exhibitionism and feel great about your body.’ Isn’t a lot of women’s anger at exotic dancers rooted in these feelings of inadequacy?

    With all of the ‘real’ media coverage of sex work, I have to say that the Colbert piece was a welcome light-hearted laugh. As far as feminism- I personally think, as a feminist, it needs to be made fun of sometimes. I mean seriously, do you know of any other social rights movement who so actively and aggressively rejects its own constituents based on age, occupation, class, etc? I don’t feel the least bit guilty about getting a good laugh at the expense of feminism. {I guess I’m going to be unpopular around here after that comment!}

  3. “As far as feminism- I personally think, as a feminist, it needs to be made fun of sometimes. I mean seriously, do you know of any other social rights movement who so actively and aggressively rejects its own constituents based on age, occupation, class, etc? I don’t feel the least bit guilty about getting a good laugh at the expense of feminism.”

    Excellent!!! I laughed heartily at that! Thank you, Karly!

  4. I can’t remember where I read it but I do remember Suey B Anthony, hating on prostitution. I believe she was part of the abolishist movement that criminalized our occupation that continues to starve us out of existance.

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