Was just watching Britian's Got Talent auditions on YouTube (yes, what an exciting life I lead...), and there was a burlesque performer named Beatrix von Boubon.
Anyway, having followed this show for a few years now, I was quite surprised that everyone, including the female judges, votes "yes" to this. Previously, they've had pole-dancers and just your generic stripper or whatever, and often, they female judges sit through the routine looking away, looking disgusted or whatever, and then vote no. Of course the men sit there drooling and vote yes regardless of whether it was good or not. lol.
I was just talking to DP about how differently these women reacted to burlesque than they usually do to stripping, and then realised that I am the same... I could never in a million years dream of stripping (even if I had the body to do it) and find it cheap and nasty... despite the athleticism involved in pole dancing, the stripping part of it makes it cheap and tacky to me, and if DP came home and told me he'd been to a strip club, I'd be angry and think he's a perve with no respect for women.
BUT... if he said, "I've just been to a burlesque show," I'd be angry that I wasn't invited along. Also, there's a few people on my FB who are into burlesque, one that is now Miss Pin-Up Qld and who runs a burlesque school in Brisbane, and I always think, "I'd really love to learn burlesque!" and keep thinking about going to her classes.
I just see it as totally different to generic stripping, despite the fact you still end up taking your clothes off (perhaps not fully with burlesque though... normally a g-string and some pasties will at least be left on... and there's certainly no leg-spreading so everyone can see your baby-maker or anything... lol).
I just figure that burlesque seems to be much more female-friendly, as it appears more about the tease and the sex-appeal than about how p*rnified your body is, or how far up your vaginal canal the audience can see. lol.
Do you see it as different too? Or am I a bit off in my thinking that women respond better to burlesque than stripping in general?