“Some people say what I do isn’t very liberating. I say it’s pretty liberating to get $20,000 for 10 minutes work.” - Dita Von Teese
1. Burlesque is glorified stripping.
2. This is the same thing women of color have been saying about voluntary sex work (to a certain extent) and stripping forever. Yet when a white woman says it and does it it’s liberating and it’s an art form and she’s a respected celebrity.
3. If I had a penny for every time a white woman gets praised for doing/saying something that Black women get ridiculed for doing/saying I’d be able to pay off my debts &the debts of everyone I care about and still have billions of dollars left over.
I completely agree with your last two points, it is terrible that white nude dancers like Dita Von Teese are considered “high class” performers when women of color and poorer women are treated horribly for doing virtually the same thing.
However your point #1 is VERY off; stripping and burlesque are NOT the same at all. Burlesque is performance-based and relies heavily on props, costuming, and slow teasing. Stripping involves performance (usually including pole acrobatics) + customer service + self-selling + lapdances. Please do not equate the two when you clearly have never been a stripper OR a burlesque dancer.
Reblogging for commentary. I considered stripping and burlesque to be in the same larger category of sex/performance work but I guess that’s wrong. I apologize.
Stripping is sex work, but burlesque, at least contemporary burlesque, is not. Both have influenced each other in style and they are similar in terms of the performance aspect (sensually removing clothing while you dance on stage) but stripping is a money-motivated job and entails much more than the stage performance. Thank you very much for apologizing.
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