In an interview with The Rumpus yesterday, Dita Von Teese, arguably the most successful neo-burlesque performer in the world, was asked whether there were any forms of erotic performance that she considered degrading. Here's what she had to say:
I respect strippers of all forms, because I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't wandered into a strip club and wanted to know more about striptease history. I got my start in strip clubs... [and] I can't agree with the assessment about erotic dancing or porn, because even if you step into a typical strip club, you don't get to decide for someone else what is degrading. In my opinion, we all have a right to be objectified if that's what we want.