Recently in the UK, there has been a surge in heels based, exotic style competitions and I absolutely fucking living for it. Not only do we have the original gangsters that are Dance Filthy, The Authentic Pole Dance Championships and Pole Theatre’s Classique category (which is the competition that the filthmonger Emma pictured above is gyrating in) , we also now have Eden Pole Competition, Exotic Generation and You Filthy Amateur bursting on to the UK pole competition scene. And those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head! It’s no secret that I can never get enough of watching any form of exotic, classique or stripper style floor fuckery in any way, shape or form and whilst I may be biased, I truly believe that the increase in these badass competitions is a cracking movement for a bloody big reason;
We must not try to dilute pole dance to make any bastard happy! End of discussion, period. Be they a bastard at Instagram HQ who deems anything from the hashtag #SundayBumday to a fucking chair spin grossly offensive (ugh) or the Keiths and Karens of the internet, who don’t want their precious offspring seeing Jlo or any person for that matter within 12 feet of a pole for fear of their innocent minds being corrupted beyond the point of no return. Kindly curl yourselves up Keith, Karen and Instagram prudes and get in the bin, as filth is firmly here to stay.
When the great shadow banning debacle first began, I was legit worried (along with many others), that the restriction of content we were able to post to social media would have a detrimental effect on the wider pole community as a whole. Would this spell the end for authentic, sexy pole dance showcases and competitions? Would we be dwindling in numbers, hanging up our beloved Pleasers and practicing purely fitness and sport based styles of pole? (don’t get me wrong I do appreciate pole fitness too, but the exotic styles will always have my heart) Thankfully it would appear that nothing could be further from the truth.
I read a quote once that said something along the lines of “in a society that profits from your insecurities, loving yourself is an act of rebellion.” Given how we’re practically conditioned to want to change parts of our bodies, flaunting them in all their glory, loving them and dancing sexily is indeed a rebellious act, and shit the bed does it feel like a good one to participate in. It’s like giving a gargantuan middle finger to anyone who ever tried to put you down or doubted you, and an even bigger middle finger to the industries that profit from our self doubt and the evil overlords of social media, who declare the female form (and scarily the forms of many other human beings too) to be a profanity. Silly cunts.
Basically, exotic competitions are the sexiest act of defiance I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. They’re bold, beautiful and to me are are everything that empowerment should be about. What’s bloody brilliant too is that not only has there been a rise in exotic competitions, but also entirely exotic showcases too. My favourites Hoodlum Fang host the Total Babes:Stripper Style showcase annually and if you haven’t done so already, I thoroughly recommend that you check out the sheer fucking fabulouseness that is Filthy Friday on social media immediately if not sooner. I am determined to make it to one of the awesome Filthy Friday showcases one of these days!
At the end of the day, people can try and explain otherwise until their listeners decompose with boredom, but we all know that our favourite hobby originated from stripping. I think it’s fantastic that even in the face of adversity, the UK pole dance scene continues to pay homage to it’s founding sisters with a substantial increase in all things filthy!
If I have forgotten to mention any exotic comps and showcases that you know of, please drop them in the comments below.