“Sisterhood is indeed powerful, at least when it comes to pole dancers,” the LA Times article opens. That’s for sure.
Ever since the identity of NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills was revealed on Monday there has been much fascination surrounding the self-proclaimed “pole-dancing superhero.” The pole community is a small world. I was sure I knew someone who had taken class or performed with her. I reached out to my circle of friends on Facebook and Twitter. Sure enough, there was someone who had taken classes at the same aerial studio as her and even had the same instructor at one point. My friend didn’t know her personally but heard she was a “nice girl.”
As of today, Mills is still in hiding and has yet to make a public statement. Reporters crowding the studio on Wednesday night where she trains with the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe at University of Hawaii, Manoa were sorely disappointed as not a single pole dancer made an appearance following the recent onslaught of attention. If I know anything about the hundreds of pole dancers I have met over the past four years it is that they are loyal. I wasn’t surprised in hearing the news that they were sticking by Ms. Mills and not giving the media outlets the juicy details they craved.
Undoubtedly for someone with passionate feelings regarding government intrusion (she spoke out on Twitter against SOPA, the anti-online piracy bill that would have allowed intellectual-property owners to censor certain websites) it is understandable that she is in shock now. Her world has been turned upside down. She never asked for or expected this attention. But the attention is there and her being a pole dancer has made the mouths of many media outlets salivate. It has also put a spotlight on pole dancing. Surprisingly the mainstream media has not made assumptions or references to her being a “stripper.” The comments from the general public on YouTube videos of Mills dancing haven’t been so kind though.
There is no way to tell for sure what she is thinking or feeling until she comes out of hiding and decides to speak herself. If the sparse attendance at the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe rehearsal Wednesday night is any indication of what is to come, the silence will continue for some time. “The pole people are definitely not coming back,” the acrobats’ coach Karl Vorwerk said, “as long as you’re here.”
A still shot of Lindsay Mills dancing from a YouTube video.
Taken from Lindsay Mill’s now defunct blog “Ls Journey.” Definitely the back and shoulders of a pole dancer.