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Would You Tell Your Bosses About Your Pole-dancing?

While pole-dancing workouts have become pretty mainstream with studios popping up in cities and suburbs everywhere, a 23-year-old personal assistant to bank executives was the subject of a Bloomberg news article titled, "Pole-Dancing Classes Lure Eager Women Bankers in City of London." There's no twist to this young woman's story, she's simply a pole-dancing instructor outside of her 9-to-5 job.

Described as a "statuesque blonde," Victoria Gibbs says that her bosses never ask if they can watch her perform: "No, they're very reserved: senior executive private bankers and the people I deal with are at the senior levels, so they've never asked anything untoward about my classes." But if they're so reserved, I'm wondering if you think she should have mentioned her hobby in the first place. On the one hand, it's just another fitness class, but on the other hand, there are undoubtedly sexual connotations and it may cause stuffy colleagues to perceive you in a certain way. How would you handle this?


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joy76 joy76 9 years
It's interesting peoples perception of pole dancing. I bet if you played golf or rowed with some fancy elite team it will be ok to tell people at work in fact that could add value to your work ;-) But pole dancing Nooo! Well it's the world we live in, can't change the fact that people are judgemental. I would tell if I worked in a casual office, and with like minded people. If not then No!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
In a casual environment I would tell people. She's an instructor for fitness purposes right? It's not like she's stripping and getting money in her g-string.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I have a pretty open company and we talk about many things that would be considered inappropriate for work. However, I do not talk about my workout sessions or the pole-dancing/strip workouts I have taken. It shouldn't be this way but there is a sexual connotation with these workouts and I would think people would assume I was discussing them for attention.
jackie-g jackie-g 9 years
There can only be one feeling behind any negative opinions surrounding this perfectly innocent and enjoyable dance/fitness class.....and that word is JEALOUSY pure and simple. Surely it's only sleazy if you want it to be, so let's not tar all women with the same brush??!! A true professional will never jeopardise her day job anyway, so more power to her elbow I say! :-)
Jade-Bolton Jade-Bolton 9 years
When the said Statuesque they also missed out the term blooming gorgeous so I would imagin sexual connotations are part of her working day anyway! She is a teacher helping women to gain self confidence she is not degrading them in any shape or form. Assuming you are in fact a lady you should be grateful for her and what she stands for and if stuffy middle-class bankers find her sexy so be it - she is. Hope you have found this most helpful - I can let you know where she teaches if you like - you never know you might enjoy the sexual connotations!
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
She works as a fitness instructor, not very different from an aerobics instructor, and if they wanted to know if she had a second job (which employers tend to ask for their own information or tax reasons), then she can be honest. Of course, if she was a stripper, she might be a little embarrassed, but there is nothing shameful about what she does. There's also no need to put on shows during work or brag about it constantly...Just be professional.
melissabritt melissabritt 9 years
i take pole classes & i def limit who i even tell i take class.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
It staggers me that Savvy would even think this is a question. Wow. I'm really big on keeping work and life separate, though.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Um, if I was an idiot and wanted everyone to make fun of me behind my back I would. People have a tendency to really take this kind of thing way out of context and twist it around on you. I'm a private person ;)
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Interesting, pole dancing fitness classes look like so much fun though
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I would keep it to myself, too.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
There's nothing to be ashamed of, and if my colleagues are judgmental I don't want to be a part of that office, anyway.-exact words!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I would keep it to myself.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I would keep it to myself as well.
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
I'd keep it to myself because you never know how some people might take the news.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I would keep it to myself, this is a class I actually want to take.
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 9 years
Ummm, the company I work for will reserve the pole dancing studio for last two bosses definitely do pole dancing and we swap stories (everyone I work w/ is fairly young and offices I've worked at in the last few years skew at least 90% female)!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I would keep it to myself. If I became good friends with anyone at my job then I might tell them, but they would have to have my complete trust. I already regret telling my boss I play on a few soccer teams, and have season tickets to the Pittsburgh Pens because all she does is tell everyone about it when we get new clients.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I've learned to censor what I disclose at work to co-workers and to not disclose anything in my private life that I don't want broadcast to the world.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
oh no. definitely not.
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