There are many negative connotations associated with pole dancing. Check out this clip from Chris Rock:
The first time I heard about pole dancing as a form of exercise, was from one of my students in Tokyo (I teach English as a Second Language online). When I first heard about it, I laughed and thought I would never participate–I was too bashful, too insecure and intimidated. However, after Miriam and I did an interview with TaMara Campbell of Beautifully Me, the pole became more appealing…
In a discussion piece I submitted for a sociology course, I explain how I became interested in pole dancing. I also discuss why I’m disappointed with critiques of how black women should not be depicted sexually–not because I think such criticisms are wrong or untrue, but because I think no one has an idea of what is “appropriate sexual behavior” for females in general, and black women in particular.
Here is what I shared: