This also got me to thinking about my own thoughts on Burlesque. Let me get it out of the way, I do love the movie, Burlesque with Christina Aguilera, but that and other movies show it as a background piece. It doesn't show it in its fullness. From my understanding, I thought it was a fancy striptease show, something taboo, not dirty but not what good Christian people would partake in.
I would see pics of Josephine Baker and think why did they make a big deal about her? She's wearing bananas as a skirt for God's sake. After watching some of these clips, I realize it's more of a performance and the women exude a certain power over their sexuality that can never be equal to a mere modern stripper. For a brief history, click here
Dita Von Teese
I haven't come anywhere close to understanding burlesque, but I can say this
- These women show that women come in all shapes and sizes;
- It is your intent that shows through, if you feel sexy and are sexy, you will be sexy;
- Own your sexuality, don't get your definitions from male centered examples of sexuality, create your own and live it;
- Sexuality is not a bad word;
- Don't accept one thing and accept that it speaks for everything. When you think striptease, don't automatically think pole and dark clubs with men drooling.