Hosts Ariana Barer and Meghan Murphy explore the contested but popular idea that burlesque is empowering for women. The neo-burlesque movement is often claimed to be something subversive, empowering or simply 'just for fun'. In order to explore the varied perspectives on this burgeoning movement, The F Word produced 2 shows; this first segment explores the way in which the form could be, potentially empowering. Is burlesque 'good' for women? This show features special guests: Crystal Precious, the founder of Sweet Soul Burlesque troupe and the first annual Canadian burlesque festival in 2006, and Mary Shearman, PhD Candidate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.
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