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  • Writer's pictureAnn Zuccardy

Confessions of a Midlife Pole Dancer

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

I want to thank Baltimore Fishbowl for publishing my creative nonfiction piece, Confessions of a Midlife Pole Dancer, on National Women's Day.

I also noticed something funny and symbolic in this picture of my foot. If you look closely at the mirror, you can see a mass card from my father's funeral. It has a photo of my very Catholic, very conservative father smiling my stripper shoe.

Symbolic of me thumbing my nose at the patriarchy and the Catholic Church. I'm laughing and crying because I loved my dad, but I hated his spiritual belief system. I rebelled against it every second of my youth.

Full circle? I don't know. I'm not sure I'll ever find closure.

Oh, and In case you're wondering, I'm still really bad at pole dancing. AND I love it.

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