November 24, 2008
Mormon housewives pole dancing for good health
It appears the pole-dancing-for-fitness has made it’s way to Utah.
“If you remember this fad being big a few years ago, you’re right; I like to picture Utah kind of like the Middle East, where it takes about 20 years for pop culture to spread. The new Pat Benatar cassettes are just hitting Tehran now,” SPORTSbyBROOKS writes (hat tip: The Web Guy).
The stories scared me then—and that was before I knew guys pole danced too. What makes this even more frightening is that these folks, in the heart of Mormon country, are joining others around the world in an online petition to get “pole fitness” into the 2012 Olympics.
“It’s on par with ice skating and everything else that’s in the Olympics,” one enthusiast, ehem, says.
That’s right: softball—you’re out. We need to make room for fully clothed exotic dancing. And, oh yeah, ice skating—that’s not a summer sport; not sure about “everything else.”
I’m a bit curious as to religious limitations Mormon women would have on pole fitness. Any takers?
And in other Mormon news, it’s been a few days since someone has mentioned the role Mormons played in the passage of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure, now before the state Supreme Court, that will amend the constitution to prohibit gay marriage. Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker obliges and takes this swipe: