To the editor:
By any other name it is a degrading form of “dance.” Young girls, some appear as young as 4 years old, are vulgarly shaking their hips and buttocks. The only “dancers” utilizing these types of dance “moves” are adult entertainers (i.e. strippers). What message are the “dance” instructors teaching these scantily clad girls? That false hair and makeup are signs of beauty? That the eyes yell and scream is a suitable form of attention based on how proactively they move?
As a society we warn our children about the dangers of creeps, perverts and pedophiles but then put these girls on full display for any and all creeps of all ages, to legally enjoy in a public space. What man would encourage his young daughter to gyrate like this in the presence of any man including himself? Would a man say to his friends “Daddy’s Little Girl got a job at Cooter’s, let’s go support her,” or “My daughter is working the matinee at the strip club. You wanna go see her dance?”
Once upon a time girls were taught that being a lady meant being chaste, polite, feminine and modest in appearance but these “dance” groups are teaching these girls to be future adult entertainers or worse. Some of the groups face the crowds, spread legs apart, assume a low squat stance and thrust their hips towards the crowds. Is that the hip hop version of a pirouette? What is the exact name of bending a straight-legged bend at the hips while rocking her hips side to side? Honestly, how is this appropriate for any lady let alone young girls.
Sadly, we as a society have become conditioned to normalize the sexualization of girls to the point that adult women, the very group ordained to teach these girls, are using the phrase “hip-hop” dance as a cover for “use what you got to get what you want” for girls who do not know better. It’s disgusting and anyone defending is equally disgusting and anyone ignoring it is pathetic.
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