Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bellydance vs Stripping

I don't remember what I was looking for now but I came across this web site read the first line and started to get mad...
101 Exotic is an Internet directory for exotic dancers, male strippers, female strippers, belly dancers, strip clubs, dance costumes, and other ethnic dancers.

101 Exotic is a valuable resource for anyone who is planning a bachelor party, bachelorette party, fraternity party, sorority party, or any party that caters to an adult crowd.

The popularity of exotic dancers in the U.S. is probably at an all-time high. So many vibrant, multi-ethnic communities across our country encourage the survival of their cultures through language, food, customs, and the arts; music, singing, painting, crafts, and dance. Not only the various ethnic communities encourage their dances at celebrations, but individuals outside those communities hire and invite ethnic dancers to perform at their own functions and parties, too.

At a time where more people are seeking to better understand people of different cultures, exotic dancers of every style can be an important bridge to appreciating another culture. Whether their name is Arabic, Greek, Middle Eastern, Persian, Egyptian, or Turkish; exotic belly dancers are always popular.

Caribbean, Polynesian, and Latin dancers of every country; from Spain to Portugal to Mexico, are also popular as dancing entertainment for all kinds of events. People are drawn to the beat, the music, the rhythm, and the visual treat of dancers performing with professional flair.

From a different school of thought, of course, for novelty, spice, and excitement, many people enjoy the old-fashioned striptease. Exotic male and female strippers or dancers are always in demand when you want to push the boundaries and celebrate birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and other special occasions.

No matter your style or occasion 101 Exotic will point you to the dancer or dancers that best suit your festivity.
Then as I continued to read it I thought that it makes sense to lump BD in with stripping. You may want any of these different types of dancers for a bday party, wedding, etc. I mean why would I, being educated about the differences between BD and other forms of exotic dance, assume they would treat BD like stripping? There is even a whole paragraph on "seeking to better understand people of different cultures." In one hand BD is G-rated dance where stripping is X-rated dance. Why would they not be listed together on an exotic dancer site? On the other hand, I find this association a huge misnomer. I have yet to find a BDancer who wants to be remotely associated with stripping or X-rated dance of any kind.

So, maybe it is my understanding of the word exotic. How did it get from definition #1 to #4?
Main Entry: 1ex·ot·ic Listen to the pronunciation of 1exotic
Pronunciation: \ig-ˈzä-tik\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin exoticus, from Greek exōtikos, from exō
1: introduced from another country : not native to the place where found <exotic plants>
2archaic : foreign, alien
: strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual <exotic flavors>
4: of or relating to striptease <exotic dancing>

Ok, that is a rhetorical question. I guess I should instead work on my understanding of the word paradox.
Main Entry: par·a·dox Listen to the pronunciation of paradox
Pronunciation: \ˈper-ə-ˌdäks, ˈpa-rə-\
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of paradoxos contrary to expectation, from para- + dokein to think, seem — more at decent
Date: 1540
1: a tenet contrary to received opinion
2 a
: a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true b: a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true c: an argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises
: one (as a person, situation, or action) having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases


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Anonymous said...

This bugs me, too. Its like is stripping is supposed to be the "native dance" of somewhere or something? Phu-leeze.

I think that stripping got the title of "exotic dance" way back when strippers, inspired by the "dance of the seven veils" of Salome in the play, started calling themselves bellydancers (because they were now performing an "authentic foreign dance", see) and the unsuspecting Joe American totally swallowed the ruse. Ick. I never even use the term "exotic dance" for stripping; just "stripping:.


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