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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

rethinking my stance on pole dancing

maybe, you know, just perhaps, i've been looking at this whole toddler-stripper-dance-on-the-subway-pole thing in the wrong light. maybe instead of laughing (for laughing is all we can do when we are dying inside), i should have been a little more supportive of my daughter. maybe i should have encouraged her impulses. my bride, after all, went to smith. she is a strong, proud and poised woman. i am an elightened man.

maybe my daughter was just doing her part for feminism! maybe i should nurture her inner pole dancer!
who am i to scoff at her awesome sense of empowerment?! i feel so liberated now. relieved. and i have the healing touch of a certain dr colbert to thank.


Anonymous MetroDad said...

"The Susan B. Anthony of pole dancing, especially in southern New Jersey." Dude...that line killed me.

7/17/2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

agreed -- hilarious. i think this makes my daughter a "second wave" feminist. ergo she must be the Betty Friedan of pole dancing, especially on the manhattan-bound F-train

7/17/2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger ~JJ! said...

Glad you have come to accept her the way she is..tee hee

7/17/2007 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Paris said...

Hey, it could be worse. At least she's not dressing up as a "hairy, butch, nasty lesbian."

7/17/2007 1:50 PM  
Blogger Pregnant In Texas said...

Long live Smith Alums!!! (Class of '02 who missed her five year reunion because she is a single Mom that works full-time and is trying to raise a two-year old in the f'ing South for the love of God!)

Sorry, just wanted to say that I support your enlightenment.

7/17/2007 2:32 PM  
Blogger sisco said...

I don't know which gives me the creepier feeling: pole dancing or all these fathers talking about their daughters in relation to pole dancing.

Six or so times removed, sure, what with all the joking and the Colberting and so on, but this gentle humor about an anxiety that's no longer socially acceptable--bc we all know, of course, that a father's ownership of his daughter's sexuality is oppressive and only the christian right is into that now--doesn't stop that same anxiety from haunting this and so many other posts on these papa blogs (metrodad and the hot chicks with douchebags is a recent example).

I know you're joking because it's all so absurd, but I guess I wonder why the joke is so prevalent and if the joke, itself, isn't the opposite of dismissing the whole phenomenon. ha ha ha.

7/17/2007 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sisco, I think you are creepier

7/17/2007 5:37 PM  
Blogger sisco said...

oh, come on, anon. Don't hate on me.

7/17/2007 6:07 PM  
Anonymous samantha Jo Campen said...

I just think the fact that the pole dancing class is taught in a suburban living room is the clincher. Dude, there's hardwood floors and a brick fireplace! Afterwards do they host a candle party?

7/17/2007 7:07 PM  
Anonymous damian said...

well, your google ads have certainly changed since the words "pole dancing" appeared in your blog.

7/18/2007 12:02 AM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

sisco: " ... humor about an anxiety that's no longer socially acceptable"?? are you really saying that it's not socially acceptable to be anxious about my daughter becoming a stripper? it's not exactly something that keeps me up at night, for the record, but i am pretty sure it's fairly socially acceptable to get agitated if one's daughter takes to the pole.

also: strippers are funny. they just are. sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. sometimes both.

7/18/2007 11:30 AM  
Blogger sisco said...

Hey, comments sections are for comments, yeah? It's just a comment.

And, no, guy, I wasn't seriously saying that which you have asked if I was seriously saying. That. uh. sentence malfunction. I was seriously saying something else, though. Seriously.

7/18/2007 12:09 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

how DARE you use my comments section to leave a message!

7/18/2007 12:43 PM  

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