Part 4: Pole Dancing, Power Dynamics and the ‘Male Gaze’

If you have been reading my Academic ‘An Art Historian’s Perspective’ blogs then welcome back! If you missed the first three installments then you can catch up below: Part 1: The Aesthetics of Acceptable Sexy Part 2: Cults of Superiority Part 3: The Nude vs Naked in Pole Dancing I mentioned in Part 3 the idea that power dynamics are …

Part 3: The Nude vs Naked in Pole Dancing

I am pleased to be resuming my academic post series, which has had a brief hiatus due to the fact that a couple of my blogs were a little controversial and blew up slightly. I needed to take a short break from these ‘heavier’ subjects and just write some lighter pieces for you guys. BUT, I am BACK and I …

Part 2: Cults of Superiority 

In my previous post in this ‘Pole Dancing: An Art Historian’s Perspective’ I discussed the Aesthetics of Acceptable Sexy. I explained the theoretical definitions of Fine Art / Erotic Art and pornography, and examined the philosophical thought behind these definitions, and why they are separated on a social and cultural level. One thing became clear in this discussion; that the …

Part 1: The Aesthetics of Acceptable Sexy

I recently read through my old dissertation again, and was inspired to apply some of the research onto pole dancing. Having studied History of Art at university there are so many theories and ideas that can be applied to dance as a result of some of their shared qualities – creativity, aesthetics, the creator-audience connection and how meaning is communicated. Many of …