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Should pole dancing be an Olympic sport?

Pole dancing: it's not just for strip clubs anymore. Pole sports is now an officially recognized sport according to the Global Association of International Sports Federation, and the International Pole Sports Federation has set their sights on being included in the Olympics. But because of pole dancing's strip club origins, many people think it's sleazy and a joke. Is it time for the sports world to recognize pole dancing?

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Pole sports proponents point out there is little difference between pole dancing and many other judged sports (such as Olympics or ice-skating). Competitive pole dancers are some of the most awe-inspiring athletes out there.

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Some critics say pole dancing will always be associated with the sex industry, and Olympic sports shouldn't be rooted in demeaning women. 

Pole dancing is at its core sexist. It is an activity typically performed in strip clubs by nearly naked women for the enjoyment of fully-clothed men. Women are reduced to sexual entertainment, to objects for men’s gratification.
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Supporters say sexism and Puritanism keep pole sports from getting the recognition they deserve.

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Others just aren't having it. 

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Should pole dancing be an Olympic sport?
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