Ariel Levy's ridiculously fantastic article about Berlusconi and Italian (anti-) feminism is a miracle of journalism, not least because it introduced New Yorker readers to the Cin Cin girls (above), the house dancers on "Colpo Grosso," an Italian stripping game show aired on Berlusconi's networks.
Before you start thinking of Italy as especially backward, consider England. The BBC has spawned at least three troupes of nearly nude, moderately talented dancers.
Pan's People started appearing on "Top of the Pops" in 1968, performing dance routines for bands that were unable to make it into the studio. Here they are dancing around to "Paperback Writer," with books! They are my favorites, because books.
Legs and Co. classed up the joint when they took over for Pan's People on TOTP in 1976. Here they are dancing to Kate Bush (!!) in nighties (!!!!).
Hot Gossip appeared on "The Kenny Everett Show" in the 70s. They get points for having shirtless gay dudes in all the videos I've watched.
I'll leave you with this Fly Girlz compilation. Good job, America.