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Why do strippers dance on poles?

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A not-so-naked history of the stripper pole. Share this on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1kft2Dr Share this on Twitter: http://ctt.ec/OkMv1 Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1l8JXv3 On the web: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/momstuffpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StuffMomNeverToldYou Google+: http://bit.ly/1kNchOQ Tumblr: http://stuffmomnevertoldyou.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/stuffmomnevertoldyou# Join Cristen to get down to the business of being a woman and all the Stuff Mom Never Told You about bodies, boys and the female brain. Clip from Thomas Edison's film on Little Egypt (1896) courtesy of TigerRocket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxZoXJBILbc Extra Credit Listening: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/podcasts/pole-dancing-beyond-the-strip-club/
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William Guy Thilgen Jr. (4 months ago)
It isn't kochy kochy, its hootchy coochy.
Michael Skinner (10 months ago)
If anyone's thinking of a certain movie, yeah it's not that far off:-/ My views have changed, but certain habits still remain😓
Michael Skinner (10 months ago)
o.o I've always shied away from strip clubs. I went to my buddies wedding party and that's been the extent of it.
star man99 (11 months ago)
Pole dancing has always been interesting to me for a person who is not a good choreographic dancer. its not the type of dancing you usually see. I know people like to sexualize it but it is not that sexual as people think it is.
Minna Rose Ahlers (1 year ago)
I think there's a phallus and some fertility dancing in the room.
MyTessa09 (1 year ago)
your right it is with great difficulty that you make those ribbons form patterns on that blooming pole I am still mildly traumatized by my may pole dancing experiences at school, i hear folk music and my left eye begins to twitch lol
Lupuschooby254 (3 years ago)
you look morer like a man...
Cyrus Hale (3 years ago)
pole-dancing isn't normally strippers dancing on poles.
Sarah Acree (3 years ago)
Those window decals, doe!
Vina M (3 years ago)
I just learnt that the coochie dancer's name was Fatima - the name of my grandmother.
Wobbles and Bean (4 years ago)
I always assumed the poles were there for the dancers to latch onto if the guys tried to grab them and run off...I dunno, seemed like it mighta been necessary back in the 40's.  o.o;; Welp, today I learned something.
groupsaredumb (4 years ago)
Perhaps the pole is a phallic symbol. 
Nicky Potter (4 years ago)
'We've come a long way and yet not so far at all' LOL
Andrea A (4 years ago)
The May pole dance is a type of fertility dance the medieval groups like the Druids and other would use to symbolize the start of worship of a certain pagan god who usually was related to fertility. The May pole dance is celebrated on the 1st of May usually. My school had May pole dance every year, I wonder if that's why your school had the largest number of teen moms in the county.
Laura Gwinn (4 years ago)
lmao I love when she does old timey stuff it's so funny! "How did I get this microphone, I don't know, what is a microphone, it's 1983?!"
Cynthia Jossart (4 years ago)
More on topic, I'm curious where the information came from that Little Egypt was taking clothes off during her dance.  As a belly dancer myself, I was taught that Little Egypt brought the dance to the West during the World's Fair, but it was Western Mentality that sexualized it (because *gasp* she had her stomach showing!), which, as I understand, was the source for the emergence of burlesque.  Which is unfortunately the reason why she's also considered the source for burlesque.
Cynthia Jossart (4 years ago)
Completely off topic, but I want that lamp to your right.
indigothecat (4 years ago)
"A million light years from where humanity began only to find a bar filled with men drooling over half-naked women shaking their asses on stage. I can't decide whether that's funny or sad." - Ashley Williams, Mass Effect  (If you haven't played that game/series, I highly recommend it for the social commentary.)
ExtraordinaryDork (4 years ago)
Let's not forget that pole dancers need to have so much upper body strength! It's not an easy thing to do! And on those stilettos? Oh! It's amazing they don't break a bone! (Besides the ones in men's pants)
Raine Sarita Rucker (4 years ago)
The May Pole is a giant phallic symbol that us Pagans like to dance around on May first. :D
HappyandAtheist (4 years ago)
Why do strippers dance on poles? because they will not dance on me...I know I asked :o( 
LuLu6214 (4 years ago)
That world fair also lead everyone to the unrealistic belief that Belly Dancers were in Harems who danced for men (the sultan, etc which lead to all those Hollywood movies) when in fact it wasn't until the world fair that men actually got to see Belly Dance for the first time publicly prior to that Belly Dance was performed by women, for women. That is the "short" version at least. 
kujmous (4 years ago)
"happenstance"?  I actually gawked when she said it.  Love Conger!
Alexius Nemo (4 years ago)
Sounds Pole-ish to me...
msginca (4 years ago)
Women? … Dancing? …. on Poles??? 0-0  That's fine with me.
Ha52309 (4 years ago)
The speech affects and "old timey" voices are so much more endearing in the visual format of YouTube. Sometimes in the podcasts it takes me out if the moment :/ I also love that you wear red lipstick so that it emphasizes your funny facial expressions.
Rebecca Rahi (4 years ago)
your mouth is enormous and i LOVE IT.
MouseCop (4 years ago)
I thought they were just training to be firefighters?
tuniki (4 years ago)
I say down with the pole more with the Modern Dance.
Loire Lovely (4 years ago)
I laughed 3 times during the course of this video
Jess S. (4 years ago)
Hi Christen! I'm going through a really hard time. I am spending the summer home from college and my already bad summer got when worse my boyfriend of two years broke up with me. I thought things were fine and I found out he hadn't had feelings for me for two months (We broke up the first week of June) and wanted to breakup with me during May. But he didn't break up with me because I had made plans for our two year anniversary in May so he went along with it 'for my sake'. So basically he strung me along and a lot of stuff happened that I would have never done if I had known all this. He still wants us to be friends but I can't respect him for leading me on and using me, my money, and my body for a good time when he didn't have feelings for me. All my friends say 'focus on yourself' so I took up playing the piano, writing, running again and it's been awhile but I cry more now than I did before. How do I handle him? How do I get over this breakup? SOS! Help!
765respect (29 days ago)
Start dancing around the May Pole or become a stripper.
thomas m. tordel jr. (4 years ago)
ROFL  "in a nutshell"?
Conceptualized Cat (4 years ago)
Maypole, from what I recall from history on sexuality, was a method of phallic worship by a man who created a community based on sexual freedom; it was located not too far from where the Puritans had stationed their colony.
alg11297 (4 years ago)
If you notice in that short short film of Little Egypt she never uses a pole AT ALL.
Cynthia Jossart (4 years ago)
+indigothecat Ironically, the reverse happens when you tell someone that you are a belly dancer.   Which, btw, what Little Egypt was doing was not, in fact, a hoochie coochie dance, and is considered the person who brought the cultural dance to the Western World.  It was Western mentality that cast a sexual light on the dance, a problem that still exists today.
indigothecat (4 years ago)
The point was that she was dancing erotically around poles.  There's no definitive answer of the exact inception of erotic pole-dancing in the U.S.A., but adult-only side-show entertainment at circuses, fairs, and carnivals sound like a good place to start research.  Even by today's standards, most decent erotic pole-dancers are treated less like a sex-object and more like a talented performer, just with the added sex-appeal.  The full art of the sport is quite acrobatic, and the ones that are actually good at it get paid quite well.
Mikky Di Angelo (4 years ago)
Wierd I was just wondering about this.
loveurselv2 (4 years ago)
i love  your videos, do one about religion (if you don't already have one) 
Dear Cristen. In 1876, Emile Berliner invented the first microphone used as a telephone voice transmitter. At the U.S. Centennial Exposition, Emile Berliner had seen a Bell Company telephone demonstrated and was inspired to find ways to improve the newly invented telephone. The Bell Telephone Company was impressed with what the inventor came up with and bought Berliner's microphone patent for $50,000. From about.com
HowStuffWorks (4 years ago)
In this +Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks episode: A not-so-naked history of the stripper pole.
amelia patron (4 years ago)
Hello Cristen, I was wondering if you could do a video on birth control. I am 18 years old, and have been using birth control since I was 13. I've used the Depo shot, nuvea ring (I did not like nuvea ring) and am currently using implanon. I was wondering if you could do a video on what age is birth control good to use, and also what birth controls are "better" for your body and for not getting preggers?
alg11297 (4 years ago)
Sure, That's why there never any pole dancers in the 50 years of Berlesque which gradually gave way to Vaudeville. Pole equals Penis. This is a woman's seduction of the pole by stripping or a display of her desire for the pole. You really can't ignore the pole in the room.
Florence Blue (4 years ago)
I've been listening to your podcast all day and now I'm watching a video and I can see your face and my brain is confused...
Deimir (4 years ago)
0:55 Magic. Maypoles work by magic.
tetsubo57 (4 years ago)
The Maypole dance is a sanitized rendition of a sacrificial dance. Legend has it that a male would chase women during the day. If he caught them he would get to have sex with them. A fertility rite. At the end of the day he would be fastened to a pole and burned alive as a sacrifice. The current version sometimes has a male chasing women for a kiss. No sacrifice at the end of the day. Some folks just like to dance and make a pretty pole.
ThiVids (4 years ago)
This woman deserves sooo much more subscribers than she has xD
Potz4pizza (4 years ago)
Oh hey, it's that video that was uploaded then suddenly removed...
Emmett Brown (4 years ago)
Hey Cristen, I would love to see you tackle the topic of why it is ok for men to mention their "manly parts" in casual conversations (like saying "he is such a dick") while it just doesn't work for women and their respective parts. And why is the word vagina so much "stronger" than the word penis. And what is the most appropriate word for Vagina if one does not want to use the "medical" term. I prefer cha-cha or V-Jay-Jay but I would like to hear your opinion :)
indigothecat (4 years ago)
I've always liked the term muffin.  Keep in mind that the names, Dick, John, and Peter have all been used to refer to the penis... and these are actual men's names. When all else fails, you could just say, "Vulva" which is the proper term when talking about the entirety of female genitalia, whereas vagina refers specifically to the hole.
LuLu6214 (4 years ago)
+Emmett Brown Dick is slang. I guess it comes down to comfort I say penis and vagina and don't care. If legit terms bug people there is an issue with them they can take it up with the English Language.
Emmett Brown (4 years ago)
+Florence Blue I just don't like the word vagina, I prefer other words. I guess I could compare it to saying "I am driving a motor vehicle to get to work" instead of "I drive a car to get to work". Motor vehicle sound way too technical for me and so does vagina :) And yes, I guess cunt is used but mainly in Britain, I don't think it is the case in the USA.
Florence Blue (4 years ago)
Well, the word 'cunt' is often used in casual conversation, but I admit that since it's classed as a swear word and a fairly harsh one at that it's still stronger than anything denoting the penis... also, why should someone not use the 'medical' term for vagina? We call an arm and arm, the brain a brain and the heart a heart, why should we have a different word for something just because that thing has been objectified and made sexy?
Phil LaFond (4 years ago)
Female empowerment coming together with phallic imagery. Such a beautiful thing.
SydTheGoat (4 years ago)
poland (land of pole dancers)
daddydojang (4 years ago)
Dear Cristen, I feel it is time that I unsubscribe. Though I have enjoyed your videos, laughed at your antics, smiled at your impressions/caricatures, been interested in your explanations of certain topics and research, clicked like, and shared with others, I'm just feeling demographically challenged. So... It's not you. It's me. You can keep the dog. I'll be by for my CD's. Ipso facto yadda yadda blah blah etc etc. Thanks for the mammaries. :'[
Vina M (3 years ago)
A subscriber break up :(
ThiVids (4 years ago)
Potz4pizza (4 years ago)
Sini The Blue (4 years ago)
I was just wondering this the other night! And in finland very few do the pole dance. We just bild huge bonfires and most of the people get drunk. Btw. We shud use now on hoochie kuchie dancer(or how is it written?) for strippers.
Natasha (4 years ago)
That's it! Strippers are reforming back to their original name, 'Hoochie Coochie Dancers'! Or Vagina Dancers...haven't decided...
AmyD (4 years ago)
+NinjaLids I'm not debating that, it's just the implication and stereotype that goes along with being a stripper. (Wow. I can't say "the implication" without thinking of It's always sunny in Philadelphia. I apologize.)
Natasha (4 years ago)
+NinjaLids LOL
AmyD (4 years ago)
Coochie is still slang in the southern US for vagina, At least when I was a kid/teenager, also hoochie was/is slang for a slut and other such things. so hoochie coochie dance seems pretty appropriate, not just for strippers. 
HaakonTheViking (4 years ago)
Our friendly neighbours in Sweden likes to dance around the maypole. Here in Norway we just make a huge fucking bonfire. I mean really big fire! :D
R L (4 years ago)
2:47 lolololol
katie mcdonald (4 years ago)
Love your videos they're so awesome!
ArabOnARocketCamel (4 years ago)
That facial at the end though!
claudiaquat (4 years ago)
So where does the expression "coochie coo" come from? Does it have any connection to the phrase "down south", y'all   :-O

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