ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.
ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY
ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
What does ONE BILLION look like? On February 14th, 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.
ONE BILLION RISING IS:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being
Calling all pole dancers and aerialists! Doesn’t this just make sense to you??? Doesn’t this just feel so right??????? I’m sure many of us have our own stories, or know someone who has been a victim of sexual violence. We live a rape culture where sexual violence towards women is tolerated and a social norm. THIS IS FUCKED UP! I WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS ANY MORE! Sexual violence is so tolerated that even when I was sexually assaulted, I couldn’t even admit that I was sexually assaulted until yesterday! Yep, yesterday. And this happened over 8 years ago! Because society taught me to point out all my mistakes leading up to the assault so I blamed myself entirely so that it wasn’t even sexual assault to me. This fuckhead probably doesn’t even realize what he did was sexual assault! And this is the biggest problem in society: some rapist don’t even know they are rapists for fuck sakes!
Look at the stigma pole dancers still face today! I believe the stigma we face is pre-violence. Well think about it…! Strippers are treated like they are subhuman without any rights and if something happens to them it’s their own fault! This stigma makes sexual violence towards them tolerated! Pre-Violence! Strippers have little to no protection when they are at work. Well strippers are human beings too so they also do deserve rights and protection and free from violence. As pole dancers we may also be blamed for our own safety. How about raising a new generation of people who will respect strippers? Not dehumanize them!
But anyhoo, One Billion Rising just feels so right. So my plans are to create a pole dance video dedicated to this whole global movement and tag the hell out of it with #1billonrising. I would love to see other pole dancers participate. Who’s joining me?
Check out this website for more information. http://onebillionrising.org/Read More
While I was competing in Ottawa in the Ontario Pole Fitness Championships, I had a beautiful moment with my dear pole pal and friend, Kathy. We were hanging out in the dressing room waiting for our turn to go up on stage to compete. She asks me, ‘why don’t you dance sexy any more?’.. or something along those lines. I explained myself. That since I am no longer apart of the adult industry, that I’ve reinvented myself with a different style and I choose to leave super sexy out of it. We chatted about the whole theory about S Factor and women reclaiming their bodies and taking back their sexuality. Then I blurted it out and confessed. “Okay I still have major issues about my own sexuality.”
And it’s true. I’m still healing. I’m not totally liberated and free. I’m almost there. I’m progressively working through my issues.
The conversation I had with Kathy is deep and personal and I will forever remember that moment in the dressing room.
Since September 29th, I have been thinking about that night. Anyways long story short, I’m gonna work on reclaiming my body as MINE. I’m going to reclaim my sexuality as mine. And I thank Kathy for turning a light bulb on in my brain. She inspires me.
Anyhoo, check out this old article by The Huffington Post. I need to take an S Factor class for therapy!
S Factor Helps Women Take Back Their Sexuality
On Saturday in Los Angeles, 12 slightly nervous women (myself included) entered a dim-lit room with hardwood floors (a little bit like a yoga studio, but with five “stripper” poles). We were greeted by teachers Janelle Giumarra and Kerry Anne Aldridge. Both women told us right away that it was natural to feel a bit nervous, and asked if any of us had taken an S Factor class before. None of us had.
After introducing ourselves to the group, Janelle turned on some hot, thumping music. She then led us through a series of floor exercises — hip circles, pelvic lifts, and something called leg flirts (use your imagination here). They were all aimed at helping us get deeper into our bodies and appreciate our own sensuality. It was working. I was feeling hot.
As we hip swirled and lovingly caressed our own bodies (yes, even our breasts), there was a wonderful sense of feminine camaraderie in the room — a sense of group acceptance for being women. “We’re all in this together,” shouted Janelle over the music. Yes, we were all in this together — getting over inhibition, getting over shame that for many of us as females had been programmed into us from earlier experiences.
So when were we going to learn some tricks on the pole?
Well, as it turns out, “S Factor” is MUCH more than that. “S Factor is not pole dancing. S Factor has pole dancing in it. S Factor is about learning the feminine language of the body and finding your sexy alter ego … finding your erotic creature,” Sheila told me in an interview after I took the class.
Finding our sexy alter ego is important because, “If you do not take your sexuality back, you will forever run in a gerbil circle going, ‘Give me equal rights. Give me equal rights. Give me equal rights.’ You know what? Take your body back. Take your vagina back. Take your breasts back. Take your ass back. Live happily in them,” said Sheila.
According to Sheila, taking our sexuality back as women is the final frontier of feminism. I have to agree. When we, as a group of women, come together loving our bodies and loving who we are as females — from the inside out — something miraculous happens. We claim our power. We claim our space. And everyone seems to be better off for it.
“When you come to class, you start to notice all of the little beautiful details in the women around you, then you start to notice the beautiful little details in yourself,” said Janelle.
S Factor classes are offered around the country. If you are new, it is best to take an introductory class. After that, you can sign up for Level One and then move up through the seven levels. Each level is eight weeks, one class per week, with the same group of women in each class. “These girls are tight,” said Janelle. “It’s an amazing group of support and compassion.”
Compassion is key to the group experience of S Factor. Many women are working through some old, rough stuff. One S Factor student-turned-teacher described how her parents used to tell her it was too embarrassing to go to her dance recitals when she was 12 or 13 years old. “That’s a pretty awkward time,” she said. “But now I’m doing this,” she said with a confident smile.
Building confidence is one of the main takeaways for women who venture into the S Factor experience. Even Hollywood stars from Teri Hatcher to Kate Hudson say it has increased their confidence. “[This] is about Empowerment … it’s about finding this place of comfort and confidence in your own body,” Teri Hatcher said in a testimonial.
For me, just one class opened me up to more of my feminine sensuality — and I am loving it! Not only do I feel more in touch with my power, I am having so much fun feeling good about being me — a beautiful female who has a lot of joy to share.
As Clarissa Pinkola Estes says in her bestselling book, Women Who Run With the Wolves: “When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer world.”
S Factor puts women back in touch with their wild nature. Oh, and what about the pole tricks? Guess you’ll have to come to class.
For more information about how you can get started with S Factor, visitwww.sfactor.com
To hear what other women have to say about S Factor, click here for testimonials.
October 16, 2012
Sheena is fit, strong and the proud recipient of a bronze medal all due to an up and coming sport — pole dancing.
While most picture a scantily clad woman working the pole in a dimly lit night club when they envision pole dancing, that is no longer the case. A large population of women are turning to the new sport of pole dancing as a way to meet their fitness needs. Winger is one of those women who feels the most fit she ever has thanks to pole dancing.
“I didn’t see it as something sexy,” said Sheena, who won a bronze medal in the professional division at the Canadian Pole Fitness Championships. “I saw it as acrobatic and fitness.”
And it certainly takes a lot of physical ability to perform some of the moves that helped Winger garner the bronze at the competition held Sept. 29 in Ottawa.
Her instructor, Grimsby resident Shanyn Pollard, who owns Sass Pole Fitness in Stoney Creek, was crowned Miss Pole Dance Canada in 2011, after taking a gold at the provincial level and going on to take gold again at the national level.
Pollard opted out of competing this year to focus on teaching. She was also able to cheer Winger on from the crowd, as she danced her way to bronze.
Sheena is Pollard’s second student to compete in pole dancing and the first to compete in the professional division.
The studio has grown in the three years since it opened, first in Fort Erie and then to Stoney Creek. Sass not only offers pole dancing lessons, but pole parties, which are popular for bachelorettes, as well as cardio classes, yoga and aerial fitness classes. The studio will be offering a new suspension yoga program beginning next month.
The public, said Pollard, is beginning to understand that pole dancing isn’t just for night clubs, but a great way to tone the body. She has women of all ages and abilities signing up for classes at the Barton Street studio.
“It doesn’t feel like work,” Pollard said of the sport. “You can have fun and be goofy, just don’t be afraid of a little sweat.”
“It’s addicting,” said Sheena. “I was a runner and a gym goer before. All I did was cardio. I was obsessed with losing weight and looking skinny. Now, I don’t worry about my weight anymore. I am stronger and healthier than ever before. And I get to have fun doing it.”
Sass Pole Fitness is located at 687 Barton St., Stoney Creek. For information and a class schedule, visit www.polefit.ca or call 905-643-0013.
I thought this was an interesting read and wanted to share.
When people around me learn of my profession, they immediately start asking morbid questions. And even if they’re liberal people, they all ask the same thing: how did you tell your parents and how are you going to tell your daughters? I realize that I have a controversial profession: I’ve written books about sex and feminism, and I also write, produce and direct porn for women.
The feminine voice is marginal in the discourse of porn, which has been expressed in masculine (and often chauvinist) terms for more than four decades. But in these last few years, other young directors and I have successfully demonstrated that another kind of adult film is possible: one where the woman is the protagonist and her pleasure has importance, where the roles that represent us aren’t those of the prostitute, Lolita, nurse, babysitter, nymphomaniac… where, finally, the men aren’t the stereotype of the f–king machine, where the styling and the locations make sense, where there are stories about feelings and passion, where the sex (although explicit) is human and beautiful, and not gynecological or athletic. We are successfully producing porn that is a pleasing experience in both aesthetics and ethics, so far beyond traditional porn, which is so often offensive, violent and displeasing.
I truly believe that if I were a man, I wouldn’t receive the constant moral questioning I referred to initially: about what my parents think and how I’m going to tell my girls, but we already know that being a woman, even today, has it’s ups and downs. I think that I was even judging myself at first, and because of it I had to resist telling my parents, who live in Stockholm, while I was safely away in Barcelona. But they had Internet and my mother, who I had believed incapable of using Google at 70 years old, searched for “Erika Lust” and forced it to come out. But both she and my father surprised me with a very positive reaction, and showed me they understood that there was a very important, very radical difference between my work and traditional porn. They would certainly have been more comfortable if I’d been a lawyer, professor or architect — at least it would have been easier to talk about their daughter’s work with their friends.
Regarding my daughters, I have to admit that I haven’t thought about it at all, since the oldest is four and the youngest is one. But I feel that when the moment arrives, there won’t be a problem: My work is honest, innovative and has a cause. Not only for the content and message of the movies I make, but also because the sex-positive feminism with which I identify, and which defends the idea that sexual freedom is an essential component to women’s rights. And I think porn that is intelligent, respectful of women, contemporary and thoughtful actually contributes to women’s full sexual liberation.
Society is always trying to control and oversee our sexuality, as it does with everything else. Sometimes it’s the state, many times it’s the church, sometimes the more radical feminists, the conservatives and the male chauvinists; all have their motives for controlling us. Their objective is to limit our sexuality to family and reproduction, with the intention that sex should never seem fun; should it, we become dangerous and unworthy of respect in their eyes.
Many times pornography is accused of being the lowest product of society, and of transmitting the worst values; but we shouldn’t forget about television, cinema, advertising, fashion, all of which quite often transmit negative messages about a woman’s body and breed confusion about gender and sexuality.
Fathers, mothers, teachers, aunts, friends, grandmothers, all of these in fact transmit values about sex and gender to children. We must all (including those in porn) think about what we say and how we say it, until the end of their childhood or early adolescence.
I want my daughters to learn that sex is life and pleasure, not just the risk of disease and unwanted pregnancy. I will tell them that I am a writer and director of films, and this my movies talk about love, about men and women who desire each other, about passion and sex. And of course I have to tell them what sex is, but this isn’t just me, it’s all of the fathers and mothers in the world! If we learn to explain what sex is to our children tactfully and in a natural, intelligent manner, we avoid that first explanation being from Nacho Vidal or Rocco Sifreddi. Or in the case of my friend, from Google, when her eight-year-old son and an older friend searched the web for “bitch”.
When they are adolescents and a boyfriend shows them a porn film, I want my daughters to be able to decide what they like and what they don’t: to be critical, to laugh if necessary, and ideally, to show the boys a different kind of film, one that they prefer instead.
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It’s time that we take back the word, “slut.” Rush Limbaugh, in his efforts to degrade and silence women by calling them sluts, has actually done us all a huge favor. For an entire week women’s rights have been at the forefront of media and social networks, as females everywhere express their outrage. The event triggered passion and emotion in women who would normally remain passive and silent, and it has inspired a fresh wave of feminism that can change our world and society. In addition, he has done this during March, which is considered “Women’s History Month.” It is almost like he was actually trying to do us a favor.
The way he treated Sandra Fluke was childish, inappropriate, and sexist. However, Sandra Fluke IS a Slut, and I respect her for it. Hear me Out.
What is a Slut? My favorite definition: “A woman with the morals of a man.
Wikipedia says: “A term applied to an individual who is considered to have loose sexual morals or who is sexually promiscuous. The term is generally pejorative and often applied to women as an insult or offensive term of disparagement, meaning “dirty or slovenly.” The term is dated back to the 1400s, when it was used as a derogatory term for women who were sexually free, in other words, “dirty.” It is now 2012, I would think that in the last six centuries we have moved past the idea that women are filthy just because they enjoy sex and pleasure, unless you are hardcore religious and believe that a woman’s place is strictly in the home, in which case you have no place in the Human Right’s Movement, and are therefore a hindrance to social evolution.
The best definition of a Modern Slut comes from the book, “The Ethical Slut” written by Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt. In the book a Slut is described as: “a person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you.” A slut is a person who has taken control of their sexuality and has sex with whomever they choose, regardless of religious or social pressures or conventions to conform to a straight-laced monogamous lifestyle committed to one partner for life.”
In the society we live in it is often only considered morally OK, and even encouraged, when a man is allowed to “spread his seed” and fornicate with many women in a studly fashion, yet not morally right for women to do so, hence the derogatory terms and efforts to “punish” or judge women who choose to enjoy sex. Why is it OK that we are allowing morals and ethics to be Gender based? Using the same logic, in a hypothetical world we can also say that it is OK for men to rob and steal, but if a woman does it, it’s wrong. I assume it is safe to say that most of us believe stealing is wrong in general, not based on gender. So why are we inflicting these strict “morals” on an entire gender? Especially on a subject that is so primal and so natural?
Rush called Sandra Fluke a slut. A truly strong Feminist should react with amusement and pride. After-all, she is a slut, and that is perfectly OK. She is sexually liberated, secure, and aware. She indulges in pleasure as is her right. To become offended and shocked over being called a “slut” is giving the word more power than it should have. All the women who are outraged by this are simply reinforcing the negative connotation of the term, which in turn allows for sexually liberated women to be seen in a negative light. It just adds fuel to the fire, shoving sexually-free women into a narrow category to be shunned, silenced, and judged.
After this happened, a wave of so-called feministic women have responded by insisting they are not sluts, posting on social networks about how far away from the slut status they actually are, and boasting about their ability to be loyal or faithful to one man. Women everywhere are passionately justifying their reasons for using birth control, insisting that it is not because they are a “slut.” A good example (and article) on this: http://thegloss.com/sex-and-dating/birth-control-pill-sluts-370/
This is the completely wrong way to go about this. Yes, the politic issue here is about Birth Control. However, there is a social issue at hand here that is even more dynamic and significant; the issue of women being judged and berated for their sexual freedom. The real, crucial issue has more to do with the way women are treating other women, not so much the way men are treating us. Women are fueling the fire and enabling this sexism by becoming outraged at being considered sexually free, when we should be proud at our ability to choose our paths and partners in life. We should embrace the power we have over our bodies, our pleasure, and men.
We have the power to give ourselves love through masturbation. We have the power to seek out pleasure that we deserve. We have the power to experience a variety of connections and sexual adventures in our lifetimes. We have the power to subtly seduce a man with our eyes, yet we can use that same power to dance around a pole and make a man reach into his pockets. We can break hearts, and we can break egos. Our new found sexual freedom in the last few decades have given us the ability to reclaim our power, get in touch with our inner goddess, and truly love ourselves without the dependence of one man.
Are you ashamed of this? If so, then you must believe that women are insignificant robots whose only purpose on earth is to please a man, or maybe you believe that a woman’s sole desire should be to bear children – so much for pleasure, and the natural, primitive desire to be sexual. If that is the case, I would like to know why we have clitorises, or why sex feels so good.
I respect a woman’s choice to be monogamous. If a woman wishes to remain a virgin until marriage, be faithful to her husband for life, or only have sex within a long-term monogamous relationship: That is her choice. It is a beautiful thing that you have that choice. I also have a choice, and I deserve to have my path respected as well. You are no better than me just because you have chosen to be sexually monogamous. Denying you are a slut so adamantly is an insult to the woman’s movement and the progression of equality. When you say the word with disgust, or try to furiously defend your status as a “non-slut,” you are disrespecting the choice that women make to be sexually free, and you are joining the ranks of sexist men who criticize us for that choice. You are affecting the world we live in and the society your child grows up in. We want our daughters to be strong, powerful, and independent so they can live fulfilling lives. We do not want them to be a prisoner to a derogatory term, enslaved by the fear that they may be seen as “dirty” for indulging in pleasure and entertaining their curiosities.
From my perspective it seems that the only reason anyone would be bitter toward sluts, is if they themselves are not sexually free or aware. Why else would you hate on people who enjoy sex? Much of it comes down to people’s individual morals in regards to monogamy. We live in a world where monogamy does not need to be the only option in life. Through technology, social evolution, culture, and the progression of women in society, we have more paths to choose from than just one. We cross paths with more people, we have more opportunities, and we have power over our own sexuality. Many of us choose to take advantage of that freedom, and we deserve to have that choice respected, just as we can also respect the choice many women (and men) make to be monogamous.
The goal is to abolish labels. The word “slut” need not even exist. Unfortunately, it does, and so in the meantime, we can at least take back the power of that word and use it to make a statement. We can use it to express our pride in our bodies and our choices. We can use it express our defiance and tenacity in the fight for equality and empowerment. We can use it to speak louder, and not be silenced.
I envision a world where humans can be free to participate in safe, sane, consensual sex regardless of gender. I imagine a society when women and men can indulge in the physical pleasures of life without being labeled or criticized. The Slut Revolution is for women and men of all walks of life who believe in sexual freedom and the power to choose.
It is time to start The Slut Revolution.
By Lula Kidd
Source: http://theslutrevolution.com/Read More
Mark this one on your calendars! This is going to be one hot event here at SASS!
A message from Shanyn;
I’m so grateful to everyone for their continued support over the last year and I can’t wait to celebrate SASS’s first Anniversary in the new studio! We’re just finishing up with the final details of the studio, but we’re very happy with the new space.
Here’s what we have planned for the day:
4:30-5:30 Free PoleFIT Teaser
5:30-6:30 Free Pole Progression Teaser
6:30-8:00 Pole Play!
Everyone is welcome to come and try any or all of the above classes and stay to play afterwards! We’ll also have promotions for all upcoming classes and sessions as well as prizes and performances! See you there!
I will be performing too!Read More
Come out and watch me pole dance!!!!
Port Optimists promise wild time
Girls Night Out April 14
It’s going to be a wild night at Brebeuf Hall that’s for sure.
On April 14, the Port Colborne Optimists’ will take over the Killaly Street East facility and turn it into a special place where women can visit and get pampered for the night. Organizer Susan Brown is promising the event, known as the Girls Night Out, will be something that shouldn’t be missed.
Featuring vendors, live entertainment and hors d’oeuvresand more, one of the featured highlights of the Optimists’ first Girls Night Out is a showcase by Shanyn Pollard, first runner up in the 2010 Miss Pole Dance Canada competition. Pollard will be on hand to show women the tricks of the trade behind the pole.
“It’ll be certainly fun and wild,” Brown said of the pole dancing. “It will be a crazy night.”
Highlights from Ladies Night Out!
Another popular attraction will be the addition of live psychics who will be on hand for tarot card readings, offering 15 minute readings for $5. Brown said women can also get glammed up thanks to Metamorphis Syles.
“They’ll be there to put bling in your hair,” Brown said. “There will be jewelry, chocolates. A little bit of everything for women to pamper themselves for the night.”
Doors will open at 7 p.m. with door prizes. Live entertainment will be provided by Randy Thomas. Vendors on display include: Passion Parties, Chocolates by Shalena, Regal, Mary Kay, Party Lite, Epicure, Pampered Chef, Jewellry by Carmela, Go Girl and Creative Memories, Bianco’s Purses.
Thermography Clinic Niagara and King Street Chiropractic will also be there to discuss their services.
Wines by Joseph’s Estates Winery will be served with hors d’oeuvres by men wearing very tight t-shirts.
“They are eight local firemen,” Brown chuckled. “They’ll be in their work pants and tight, tight shirts. They’ll be walking around carrying food. It’ll be a fun night.”
Admission is $25 and available by calling 905-834-7988. If you can get nine friends to come with you, the Optimists will give you the 10th ticket free and reserve a table for you.
Proceeds raised from the event will benefit youth programs in Port Colborne.
Brilliant! I had to share this!!
“ Pole Dancer: “I am a pole fitness performer and I would like your blessing to help raise money for your charity awareness using our pole dance fitness events and give you ALL of the proceed, and oh here is my donation now”
Charity Organization: “Wait! Did you say you’re a pole dancer? As in stripping?”
Pole Dancer: “No maam, I am a pole fitness practitioner….”
Charity Organization: “A pole what?!”
Pole Dancer: “I do pole fitness to stay fit. It is now a major sport maam. I am not a stripper”
Charity Organizer: “I am sorry, we would have to decline. We can not accept this KIND of money”
This conversation is not an actual occurrence but imagine if you were the PD being spoken to in this manner after a long day of organizing a charity for the CO’s benefits, awareness gathering, convincing your friends to donate their rent money or car note for a good cause only to be told, “nah, that’s dirty money”.
I was “slapped” in the face yesterday after a long and tiring day, sat on my chair to read my emails. I was confronted by a very cold and unfriendly email from a major breast cancer organization I had emailed a day earlier in regards to 100% money donation and offering my money. I was unceremoniously snobbed and declined like an overused/stolen credit card.
Many pole dancers are housewives, mothers, daughters of pastors, imams, rabbis, hard working lawyers, doctors, students and what have you. Among these people you will find cancer victims of any kind. Women account for over 85% of pole dancers around the world and yet their money is no good at the very establishment set in place to help research cures for an illness that could very well plague some of them.
The charity organizations make decisions that can literally alter a person’s life, they use their personal beliefs and puritan views to determine what is “fit” or “clean” enough for their members or followers –a “medicinal dictatorship at its best! They practically have our lives in their hands. They decide whose money to take. I can just picture a prostitute showing up at their doorstep with $1 million, they would in fact turn her away for illicit gain and possession of “dirty” money. But why? Isn’t this supposed to be about curing people? Why let your personal views get in the way of others? Have you no sin in your closet? Since when is pole dancing a crime or sin anyway? A curse? Or something dirty? Let me see you give the pole a crack just once then you can tell me it’s not about fitness. I bet if you can give it a try you would have a profound new respect for pole dancers –and strippers!
Would you dear charity organizer not take a donor organ from a stripper, bank robber or even worse -a murderer? I bet the rules would change if you were at death’s door with your life flashing right before your droopy eyes pleading for mercy.
Since when do charity organization play God? IRS dare not ask a drug dealer where he gets his tax contributions from provided all is paid up and on time. Anyone here seen the Johny Depp/Angelina Jolie movie “The Tourist”? The British government chased him down for a piece of the billions he stole from his crime boss. They got their $700 million and left him alone immediately! A pastor dare not ask a congregation member of his church where he got his tithe contribution or a stripper where the dollar bill in the donation envelope has been. They all just want their piece of the pie for whatever reason! So PLEASE who died and made a mere charity cancer organization God bold enough to tell pole fitness practitioners that their hard earned money isn’t good enough to help cancer victims? Some of these pole fitness practitioners are the same people you would see draped in diamonds, seating on a $2000 a ticket breast cancer charity gala sipping Don Perignon while writing fat checks for their cause. Does this mean just because the scenery changed from Mrs Von Weinstein of Austria in a gown to pole dancer charity contributor in shorts that the money is now suddenly dirty? I guess it is all about how we dress it up isn’t it? I soon discovered this is a constant obstacle a lot of pole dancers are facing worldwide. Many have had charity events for major causes like breast cancer and simply turned in their proceeds with no additional word about where it actually came from for fear of rejection! WHY?! This is the modern age. Must we start fighting for recognition in the charity world like gay rights marriage or something? It’s bad enough we are fighting to be recognized as a sport, but charity too, we have to beg you to take our money? Come on! What a chutzpah!
I choose not to dress it up or pretend. Why would I have an event for charity and not let the recipient know about its donors and what they do? That is blasphemy! It’s like the old days when music albums where recorded by people of color and a Caucasian singer’s picture was slapped on the front cover in order to get more sales and not piss off the racist listeners! I won’t sit for that. I am a pole dancer, if you must have my money then you need to know where my money has been –straight from my bank account just like yours!
Forgive me for any typos or grammar. I had to get this out in a hurry. I am still stewing over this matter. So sorry
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