The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend decided to use Monday night’s episode, titled 'I'm Going to the Beach With Josh and His Friends!' to shed some light on that most philosophical, insightful, and riveting aspects on modern feminism: the pole dance.
After feeling the need to retaliate with a pole dance against the bikini-clad girlfriend of her love interest (in a strange way, for this show, this makes sense), Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) dominates the stripper pole that for some reason is in their party bus, and offers an interesting explanation for why she learned the art of pole dancing:
Rebecca: You're all probably wondering, like, how-how I'm so good at that. Well, I took a class in New York, and, I mean, not surprisingly, I got an "A."
Greg: They give grades in pole dancing?
Rebecca: They do if you ask, yeah.
Valencia: Well, that was really special. Guys, there's only one reason she did that.
Rebecca: Yeah, to get the party started for my crew.
Valencia: By showing my boyfriend your cervix?
Heather: I don't think you understand the female reproductive system.
Valencia: She just did that so Josh could look at her and her boobs.
Rebecca: What? No. No, I... No, I didn't. I wasn't doing this for a guy. Oh, my God, who pole-dances for male attention? Do you know the name of the class I took in New York? It was feminist pole dancing. Yeah, and as my teacher, a lovely trans woman named Professor Goddess, said that true pole, true pole is about reappropriating the male gaze.
Valencia: This is not Normal!
No, no it is definitely not normal. Nor, is it shocking that a bunch of uber-liberal feminists would attack the problem of male woman-gazing by pole dancing. The next thing you’re going to tell me is that liberals would confront the problem of poverty by implementing confiscatory taxes that would take money out of the hands of working people, and re-appropriate it to wasteful government programs and failed public schools, thus ensuring that future generations of Americans are completely unprepared for the modern workplace.
No, that would be madness…