So when people leave, I’ve learned the secret: let them. Because, most of the time, they have to.
Let them walk away and go places. Let them have adventures in the wild without you. Let them travel the world and explore life beyond a horizon that you exist in. And know, deep down, that heroes aren’t qualified by their capacity to stay but by their decision to return."
think about the concept of a library. that’s one thing that humanity didn’t fuck up. we did a good thing when we made libraries
Like seriously, why isn’t pole dancing an olympic sport? This is freakin gymnastics. This is strength and skill. This is not sexual whatsoever. Why does pole dancing have to be so stigmatised as a sexual thing that only strippers do? I have great respect for all people who can pull this off. This is art and beauty right here.
HEY FUN FACT: pole dancing is known as something strippers do because strippers invented it. And that’s okay! It’s okay to have respect for strippers and the hard work they put into what they do! Let’s stop trying to take the stripper part out of pole dancing so upperclass white girls can do it without being ~stigmatized~ because god forbid women be sexual.
Strippers should totally be respected, but they invented pole dancing like Columbus discovered America.
It’s most significantly a mixture of Mallakhamb from India and traditional Chinese pole climbing, which both date back to at least the 12th century, and “exotic dance” which can be traced as far back as Sumerian culture (circa 3500 BC)—among other things. It gained a foothold in America starting in around the late 1920s as an acrobatic attraction in traveling circuses and variety shows, trickled into burlesque shows in about the 1950s, and finally started showing up in strip clubs in the 1980s. It’s associated with strippers in our cultural consciousness primarily because of Hollywood narratives.
But, yeah, we wouldn’t want those upperclass white girls to deny other white girls credit for Indian and Chinese athleticism mixed with Middle Eastern dance eventually performed in clubs that exist almost solely because 17th century French aristocracy stole, sexualized, and eventually commodified North African cultural practices.
2014, you are making me an emotional wreck. Some aspects are so good and some are falling spectacularly in a heap.
So fucking sad tonight. I just booked so many theatre tickets for NYC, though. Two and a bit weeks.