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Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


American Studies

Second Department


Reader 1

Kevin Williamson

Reader 2

Martha Gonzalez

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This project seeks to explore the relationships between pole dance and pole fitness, art and obscenity and respectability as it relates to work, class, and social systems. It analyzes the way female sexuality is accepted or rejected within society and explores the boundaries between the two through the staging of pole and contemporary dance. The dichotomy between art and obscenity is explored in the relationship between stripper pole dance, and the fast-growing pole fitness community. Within this relationship, strippers are demonized as obscene, while pole fitness dancers' labor is viewed as artistic, despite the sexuality present in both. The difference between the two lies in the commodification of sexuality, which reveals a classist approach to determining good and bad. The research done in this project was used to create a dance piece to be performed at Scripps Dances 2022 that sought to reveal contradictory ways in which sexuality is praised and vilified, and explore where the line between the two is drawn.

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