The article, printed on July 25, reported about a rising health trend in Beijing - pole dancing. The person who started the craze is Luo Lan, a Yichun native who first saw pole dancing when vacationing in Paris. Lan learned that pole dancing has been a popular way for women in America to burn calories. So she opened the Lolan Pole Dancing School, which offers women a watered down version of a traditionally sexually charged act. Although the sex aspect of pole dancing isn't accentuated at her school, Lan said that women who attend class still gain a sense of self-confidence and are able to express one's sexuality, both benefits can be difficult to achieve as a woman in China. The article ended with a quote from Jiang Li, a 23-year-old student and pole dancing enthusiast.
"A lot of people expect Chinese women to be subdued and faithful, that
we should marry and take care of kids at an early age," she said. "But
I don't think that way — I want to be independent. I've been studying
traditional Chinese dance for many years, but this is totally
different. I feel in control when I do this. If I learn this well, I
feel I can be a superstar. I want to be a superstar."