The conflict some of us gals may have when just hearing the word 'burlesque' is understandable considering some of the visual triggers of past imagery. But I suggest this is a knee-jerk reaction by some who haven't seen a proper performance. Yes, I've read Female Chauvinist Pigs, and some may lump this art into that, but I invite you all to delve deeper. Take it from feminist, I love burlesque!
Women's News tackles the issue:
Over the last 10 years, women have dusted off pasties and tassels in a rediscovery of classic burlesque, which ended its heyday in the early 1960s with the sexual revolution and increase of sex and nudity in other venues. Now, an over-sexed public is cheering for the sexy glamour of burlesque, which offers a glimpse but doesn't bare it all.
"Feminism is not just about sex and sexual politics," says Shteir. "It's about more than that. But I do think a powerful female performer who's drawing on these archetypal striptease images can wield a lot of power by compelling all eyes to be on her. Is it a feminist thing? It's not like 67 cents on the dollar or re-imagining the power structure or getting a woman into the White House. I don't think there's any confusion about that. But still there's something very interesting going on there. The idea that the female body can command is powerful."
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