Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Swansea Student Union Bans Pole Fitness But Allows... Naked Calendars.

As we know, I've a little thing this year about puritanism and especially its reappearance among feminists. Yet another example comes to us from Swansea University's Student Union.

They had allowed a pole fitness society to form however in the last few days it has been reported that they have rescinded this decision on the following basis.

Although 'pole fitness' is sold as an empowering activity, we believe that women have been deceived into thinking that this is a way of taking charge of their sexuality and their own decisions. Moreover, we believe that it is just a further debasement of our culture and another sign of a creeping backlash against women's true empowerment.
Isn't it horrific how organisations such as Swansea Student Union and Object think whenever a woman does something they disagree with it (be it strip naked or, heaven forbid, work out) that that woman has been "deceived"? It is becoming more and more like a religion (where us gays have been "deceived" by Satan into thinking our "lifestyle" is acceptable). Funny isn't it how organisations supposedly with women's best interest at heart seek to undermine their free choices and independence "for the greater good".

So because of its representation of "raunch culture", the pole fitness society has been banned. Fine, obviously they are consistently against representations of "raunch culture" in all its forms then. Wait a minute...

Last year the Swansea University's male rowing team stripped naked for a calendar. This year women from the Swansea University's Equestrian Society have stripped naked for a calendar! Of course these are all just a bit of fun (whereas pole fitness actually involves some skill and effort) so these can't possibly be part of raunch culture! Can they? Stripping for cash for charity is quite clearly a derivative of stripper culture and I for one am disgusted that this sort of thing is allowed! ;)

Of course I'm not. It is all good fun. But I have a feeling Swansea University Student's Union's policy is not just silly, which it undoubtedly is, but completely inconsistent. Sigh. That is the way of these things. The Co-op opposes lad's mags but helps support gay magazine award ceremonies and here it is clear this Student Union opposes a keep fit programme whilst allowing people to strip for cash.

Oh well... at least us men still have our freedom. And in keeping with this please check out this rather impressive display of fitness and talent. It's like dancing in the air! Impressive.

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