What’s Current: London Abused Women’s Centre withdraws support from Take Back the Night in opposition to pole-dancing demonstration

London, Ontario's Pole House logo
London, Ontario’s Pole House logo

Ontario’s London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC) has pulled its support from this year’s Take Back the Night event due to proposed plans to include a pole-dancing demonstration as part of the event. In a statement posted on Facebook, LAWC explains a demonstration of this nature is “antithetical” to the purpose of TBTN as it reinforces the message women and girls’ “primary purpose is to be sexy and an object for the purpose of pleasing men.”


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