Opinion

Let pole dancing into the Olympics

WHAT I hate this week is that my workmates at The Gympie Times think pole dancing shouldn't be included as a sport in the Olympics.

Yesterday I signed an online petition to help get the maligned sport into the Olympic spotlight.

The girls in the office shot me down quicker than David Boon downing a beer on a Qantas jet.

"Whattttttttt!!!!," was a cry across the newsroom.

"That's sexploitation," came another fervent cry from the female workmates at one end of the room.

"You are the most sexist male I have ever met," was an explosive rant from the other end of the office.

A couple of the guys in room were a little more open-minded.

Although they weren't quite game to voice their support.

One guy whispered under his breath: "It's a good way to get men involved in women's sport."

At least the blokes in the room were prepared to have a look and see what they thought of the fledgling sport.

Now from what I have seen pole dancing is a very entertaining sport and a difficult discipline to master.

And before you can say "yeah right Boofhead, you deviate."

I'm not talking about the so-called pole dancing at the myriad seedy nightclubs in the Brisbane Valley.

That, believe it or not, is not pole dancing the sport - it's stripping.

And I agree to put stripping into the Olympics would be sexist and a little hard to explain to the kids.

Although the early Greek Olympics was performed starkers.

But to me pole dancing, when done properly and with clothes on, is no different to gymnastics.

The only real difference is the pole is vertical instead of horizontal.

The girls still have to be strong and train the house down to perform their routines.

Let's face it, not everyone can hang upside down attached to a pole by their toes and to say gymnasts performing on the uneven bars or the balance beam was sexist would never happen.

So come on guys, let's open our minds to pole dancing in the Olympics. After all, the Olympic committee let synchronised swimming in.


Gympie Times

Topics:  boofhead, london olympics, pole dancing


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