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Will Hungarian Men Achieve Pole Dancing Equality?

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The WSJ looks at competititive pole dancing in Hungary, and a new interest in it from men:

With its roots in strip clubs and bedrooms, pole dancing has been dismissed as a misogynistic playground in which women contort themselves for the viewing pleasure of men. But lately some women have fought to transcend titillation by rebranding it as fitness. Some have even petitioned the International Olympic Committee to make it an Olympic sport.

But a lingering taboo surfaces when men seek to slide onto the pole, too.

"When I tell people what I do, there is shock, 'No! pole dancing is for women," said the "poler" Mr. Shields, who is also a student nurse. "Pole dancing, he says, "can be masculine, too."

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  1. It's how you use the pole that counts. Men use poles to perform feats of athleticism designed to impress those with a sense of achievement. Women tend to use poles to titillate sleazy straight guys who are more interested in ass than achievement.

    Overall, it tells us that women - even the so-called liberated ones - are too obsessesd with pleasing men.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 14, 2011 8:55:59 AM


  2. Jason, are you seriously suggesting that gay men aren't obsessed with pleasing men? Although I'll grant you that many of the ones I've dated couldn't have cared less about pleasing me.

    And you can't mean that straight men have cornered the market on sleazy, can you? In this case, my dating history totally contradicts you.

    And women pole-dancers don't perform feats of athleticism? Clearly, you've just been going to the wrong strip clubs.

    Posted by: justme | Oct 14, 2011 10:47:49 AM


  3. Jason hates women, he really can't help it.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 14, 2011 11:14:14 AM


  4. If not for its birth in strip clubs, pole dancing could easily be a new Olympic gymnastics event. It's a joining of strength and acrobatic skills. How is it really different from the rings? Or think of it as a vertical balance beam. Cirque du Soleil has been using poles as a part of their performances for years.

    If they want to make it a real sport, they need to change the name of the event to, "vertical bar" so it would seen as a relation to the parallel bars - which it is.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Oct 14, 2011 1:35:30 PM


  5. In the US, Josiah Grant (YouTube user name OOBadazzOO) has been posting videos of himself pole dancing for years, and he has some astounding moves and combinations. I'm not sure how he got started, but he also seems to be emphasizing the sport and fitness aspects.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 14, 2011 2:18:37 PM


  6. Actually there appear to be no Hungarian men in the piece. The competition is happening in Budapest, but the male competitors are all from elsewhere (not that there aren't athletic Hungarians, there definitely are).

    Posted by: KevinVT | Oct 14, 2011 3:23:21 PM


  7. Actually there appear to be no Hungarian men in the piece. The competition is happening in Budapest, but the male competitors are all from elsewhere (not that there aren't athletic Hungarians, there definitely are).

    Posted by: KevinVT | Oct 14, 2011 3:23:21 PM


  8. Actually there appear to be no Hungarian men in the piece. The competition is happening in Budapest, but the male competitors are all from elsewhere (not that there aren't athletic Hungarians, there definitely are).

    Posted by: KevinVT | Oct 14, 2011 3:23:21 PM


  9. Hmm for some reason I was expecting a different sort of competition...it just look like gymnastics

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 14, 2011 6:06:01 PM


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