Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Stripping vs. Art: Is there a place for feminism in burlesque?
The Arundel Jailhouse. My partner in crime Dawn Gracie, the creative and all round fabulous madwoman behind Dawn's Vintage Do and I were behind all the insanity and glitter and the event was a sell out and very successful. The reason for me saying this is not to boast, but to add a bit of background for what I will say next. So, as I say, it was successful, thus far all feedback was glowing and I'm generally a very happy showgirl. On saturday night the day after my show I go out with my friends. I'm sitting in my local pub's beer garden and one of my girlfriends starts showing footage of the performances on her phone to my friends who weren't able to go. I get up to get a drink and when I return a woman I don't know has joined in the conversation and the first words I hear are, "So what is it like full bush?" She's drunk. Not just a little tipsy, but steaming. She begins to challenge me on what burlesque is about, seemingly genuinely interested, I begin to explain only to be cut off at every sentence. Being drunk, inevitably she then becomes quite rude at which point I walk away and down a shot with my friends to stop myself being so angry. However, I am angry. I can't explain why I am angry, except that I am. Furious in fact. I'd like to say it was the woman's ignorance that made me cross, or the fact she wouldn't let me finish a sentence, or perhaps that I allowed myself to be stung by her words. The real reason is less complex than this really, it was the look of disgust when I was explaining how I believe every woman/man, fat/thin, young/old, sick/healthy should feel comfortable in their own skin. To me, this is without contention, I hate any form of body shaming and will never understand why anyone feels the need to hate on anyone else about something they can't help. I'm not talking about being unhealthy at any weight whether it's under or over, I'm talking about being truly comfortable in your own skin. I love bodies of all different sizes, male or female and showcasing the beauty of them can be no bad thing in my opinion. Facebook and Twitter