Susan Lee Kim, International Pole Convention blogger, wants you and everyone else to know that pole dancing is not a fad. She hits on a few key points to get her point across. Here is point #1… 1. Pole Stigma We all know about the Pole “stigma” because we have all experienced the smirks and raised eyebrows from friends and family when we tell them we pole. People hear Pole Dancing and make a lot of interesting and often incorrect assumptions. I put “stigma” in quotes because many of us have also benefited from these same assumptions. I remember meeting two lovely women from Arizona in West Palm Beach, Florida during Pole Con 2013. They had rented a car, and after they told the rental agent why they were in town, he immediately upgraded them to a larger, nicer vehicle at no extra charge. But the reason why that rental agent upgraded the car is the same reason why many of us may not be so comfortable discussing our hobby with some of our co-workers or family members. Quite simply, those outside the pole community equate Pole with bedroom excitement, specifically something that women (and only women) do to titillate men. This is why we cannot casually say to colleagues, “Hey, want to come to Pole Dancing class after work?” the way folks in the 90s could say, “Grandma, let’s go to Tae Bo tonight.” As a result, we cannot spread word of our exercise method nearly so quickly and easily as our friends who run or lift weights. In fact, many of us do not discuss Pole at all with certain people and dance under pseudonyms. When was the last time one of your triathlete friends competed under a fake name? To read the full story, click ======> United Pole Artists Pole News is a place where news from around the world regarding pole dancing is shared. UPA writes and/or gathers news and stories for you so you don’t miss a thing. Have something to add to this story? If you are a registered UPA user, you can sign in, leave a comment and let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you!