Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Power of Words

I'm currently studying many interpersonal communication concepts in my communications course and an issue involving the power we give to words got me thinking about how certain words in society can also impact the pole community.  Many people are quick to correct misconceptions regarding pole dancing.  Common stereotypes about pole dancers often include strip clubs or the dirty dark little secret world of the sex industry.  The truth about modern pole dancers is far from the stereotypes.  Many women who pole dance have never set foot in a strip club and rarely, if ever, strip any articles of clothing off their bodies when poling.  The power of words has greatly impacted the pole community.  These words that label all pole dancers as one has been the driving force behind the campaign for pole dancing education.  It's imperative that we, as a community, educate those in society when misconceptions about our identity arise.  Being a stripper isn't a bad thing either.  I know some women who are in the profession of stripping and really enjoy doing what they do.  To each their own.  It's certainly not a job for everyone but for the women that do pursue that avenue, do it because it's their choice.  The shame we associate with stripper is a perfect example of the power we give to that word.  It's time we take a closer look beyond the words and find out who is the individual.  You'd be surprised to learn many pole dancers are doctors, nurses, and lawyers.  None of which are strippers.  Just something to think about.