To the Editor,
Body appreciation is harmless and body shaming is wrong.
There are those who would judge another’s chosen profession in the entertainment field of burlesque. Burlesque is an art: it celebrates the beauty of the human body – without discrimination. The word itself means satire or lampoon and in this context it’s a spoof on striptease – without full exposure.
These gals and guys work tirelessly with sets, routines, costumes, makeup, choreography and sound. They do all of this so we can be entertained by their passion to basically perform a song and dance in their underwear – it’s an act.
This genre is pure entertainment: cheeky, maybe, or racy for some, but harmless, and far from wrong.
Those who would berate burlesque performers need to look in the mirror and see if they can love their body at all. If not, I recommend a burlesque show over years of therapy.