Some folks were having problems commenting on this (thanks for the heads-up Brigid), so I just put it into a new post.
Updating this: Via Feral Irishman, Jenyne Butterfly, pole dancer. This woman deserves an Olympic spot. What she does is more spectacular and shows greater strength even than the guys doing the rings. Plus with much better music and without having to look like a little girl, like female gymnasts today.
My thought--one is 'approved' by the literati, and one isn't. What a shame. Hoards of little girls trying to stay looking like little girls vs women showing strength and grace.
From March 2011:
Pole dancing deserves to be an Olympic sport more than ribbon dancing.... All of y'all can be the judges. I vote pole dancing--these women do everything a professional gymnast does, but in 6 inch heels.
4 months ago