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Rhythm Is A (Naked) Dancer, Says Non-Judgmental Dita Von Teese

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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.


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Terrific interview at the link. I've always been a fan of hers. She's absolutely unique, and very empowered. Plus, I love the way she presents herself, and her "look" even when she's not performing.

For some reason, it just charms me that her real name is "Heather."