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Watch Episode 2 of Documentary Web Series 'P.O.P' (NSFW)

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by Sergio
December 26, 2012 6:27 PM
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P.O.P.

Here's Episode 2 of the documentary web series P.O.P. by Atlanta based filmmaker Artemus Jenkins, which we first wrote about HERE, just a few weeks ago.

As Jenkins says much better than I ever could, his multi-part series deals with "the most celebrated and vindicated individuals in our culture; strippers. These women are sometimes classified as lowlifes of society, many thought to be streetwalking drug fiends with no regard for others. Some are thought to be impressionable young women, taken advantage of by men overseeing a seedy underworld."

He further goes on to say that: "These are assumptions often made without any context from the women who live this life. This... is a small look at a world many have only heard about, shedding light on how things really work for many women who have put on a g-string at some point in their lives."

Like I said I couldn't have said it any better myself.

Here's Episode 2:

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18 Comments

  • Phil | December 28, 2012 1:39 PMReply

    Not bad. I would be really interested in seeing what happens to the ladies after their stripping life comes to an end. Maybe find the Magic City strippers who were working in '94-95' during the prime freaknik years (I was there) to find out what path their lives have followed. Which ones are schoolteachers or work in corporate america...the housewife whose husband has no clue about her former life.

  • NinaG | December 27, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    Don't know how I missed when S&A posted the first segment of this but this is good. I was worried b/c it's from a male perspective but I'm enjoying it so far.

  • BluTopaz | December 27, 2012 11:04 AMReply

    ""the most celebrated and vindicated individuals in our culture; strippers"

    Men love any variation of the madonna/whore complex, nothing new about that. And whose culture is Jenkins referring to, American in general or Black folks? As someone mentioned, it would be interesting if other types of erotic dancing is featured, like the art of removing clothing, burlesque. There's a whole culture of women of color who do that and get no praise, and it's not just about booty poppin and hanging upside down on a pole. Or even belly dancing, which IMO is mad sexy.

  • kid video | December 27, 2012 10:49 AMReply

    This topic is worthy of a being a feature film (with a different plot than "The Players Club"...I knew you were going there).
    These clubs are frequented by entertainers/ball players/business execs/politicians on an almost daily basis...they network in these places.

    The things that these women have seen/did/know could ruin lives, families and careers.

    They know where all the bodies are buried.

    Great work Artemis...I'm actually in the next state over (Birmingham).
    We have strip clubs also, but not enough money flows through the city(no pro sport teams, for one...) so the spots arent that big and theres in real "strip club culture"...if anything, the girls here(who are ready to step it up) are preparing to move there.

  • ALM | December 27, 2012 5:56 AMReply

    Upside down ab crunches on a pole? The formation in the picture? Chile, now I’m just jealous. The lady who said that she couldn’t dance tickled me. Their abs are sick!!!!! I do applaud the first woman for also being a pole dancing instructor. It’s a lot less dangerous than stripping in clubs can be (I am not saying that all clubs are dangerous, just some of them).

  • Cyril | December 27, 2012 2:13 AMReply

    DAMN!! Everyone and just everything makes it to S & A except me!

  • Stars | December 26, 2012 9:04 PMReply

    Hmmmmmmmmmm. LOL I wonder how many Fathers have this dream for their daughters. I see the technical / breaking down of the stereotype / strippers are human too approach - but from a technical non-judgemental point of view......is this something you want your wife, mother, sister, aunt, or daughter doing? Imagine all of your buddies makin' it rain on ya moms big rump shaking booty and then talk about it like it's another Tuesday!!!!!! I get it - it's art and entertainment. I see the costumes but just throwing it out there!

  • Miles Ellison | December 27, 2012 2:04 AM

    Clearly, there are a lot of people who want women to strip.

  • Muse | December 27, 2012 12:23 AM

    "I'm pretty sure nobody wants any woman to strip." Don't be so quick to assume that. Yes there is a major taboo about stripping, but there are plenty of pockets of folks who have progressive / radical views on the intersections of sexual and creative expression. (Have you thought of interviewing strippers who work in lesbian clubs? Black female performance artists who do critically engaging work in the vein of Annie Sprinkle? How about a segment on burlesque?) In addition to all the tragic stories of runaways who fall into stripping, or the mundane stories of women looking for quick cash through stripping, are women who WANT to strip and enjoy it.

  • Muse | December 27, 2012 12:11 AM

    "Imagine all of your buddies makin' it rain..." Is that something you want your buddies, brother, father, uncle or son to be doing? The double standard lurks again. If there was no demand for stripping, it wouldn't exist. Your buddies, brothers, co-workers etc. ARE the ones making it rain on SOMEBODY'S mother / sister / aunt /friend (but hey, if she's not directly connected to you then it doesn't matter to you right?) and keeping the culture of misogyny going . I can appreciate the artistry and athleticism of pole dancing in itself, but it's largely the strip club clientele and their internalized misogyny that de-elevates the strip dance into strictly a T&A jackoff fest rather than an honoring of divine feminine life force energy (which IS what feminine erotic dance typically has signified throughout the ages across various cultures).

  • artemus jenkins | December 26, 2012 10:19 PM

    I'm pretty sure nobody wants any woman to strip, I wouldn't. However most women, are like Cali from the first episode and they we're presented with circumstances that led them to make their own decision on how to fix that. Every girl I've met that strips or has stripped doesn't do it because they've hit rock bottom, some just want more money then they are getting.

    As a father or future father's it's our job to never have our daughters think this is something they need to do and it can be done without condemning those who do it. There are a lot of layers and rabbit holes you can fall down when analyzing this subject. I've chosen one of those directions because I feel exploring it this way is a bit atypical.

  • JMac | December 26, 2012 10:04 PM

    Stop that. You're making these women look too human for men, lol.

  • sergio | December 26, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    I gotta ask - did you date any of them?

  • sergio | December 26, 2012 8:49 PM

    Guess I'm speaking for myself. I couldn't help myself. Ha Ha

  • Artemus Jenkins | December 26, 2012 8:38 PM

    Nope, in a place where that many women commune and talk amongst themselves daily, not very smart in my opinion. I think it would've been harder to make something like this, if I had dated someone in there.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | December 26, 2012 6:54 PMReply

    I think he meant to use the word "vindicated;" probably thinking of another word. lol As far as a review, my reptilian brain keeps wanting to say that this caliber of stripping is what I enjoy -- like Cirque du Soleil without the pretense, or the exorbitant ticket prices. lol

  • mawon | December 26, 2012 10:13 PM

    I am genuinely confused by the description. What were they vindicated from? And how can they be celebrated and classified as lowlifes? Glorified, maybe. But celebrated?

  • Artemus Jenkins | December 26, 2012 7:03 PM

    Nah, I said what I meant when I used that word. If you know a bit about strippers or if you watch the series and learn more about them, the usage is fitting.

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