Stripper Aerobics For Seven Year Olds?
Miss Pole Dance 2011 champion, Jess Norris, who runs the classes, insisted they were a “fantastic” way for kids to keep fit.
She said: “There is nothing sexual about the classes.
“What I teach is pole fitness, nothing else. There is nothing at all rude going on.”
Girls between the ages of seven and twelve are taking “pole fitness” classes for exercise. I’m one of the most sexually open-minded guys you’re ever likely to run across, and even I think this goes a little far.
Yes, pole fitness is a good way to develop muscle tone and get a cardiovascular workout. I don’t know many guys who would object to their wife or girlfriend learning how to work a stripper pole. Still, I think we can try to have a line of good taste when it comes to what we expose children to.
I’m not even going to make the “sexualizing children” argument. I think kids that young would take it at face value, as exercise, but they’re not always going to be that young. In just a few years they’ll be teenagers trained as strippers.
In the popular consciousness, the image of a woman dancing on a pole evokes a very specific image. You can’t even see a silhouette without thinking of strippers. Let it be said that I love both the art and sexuality of exotic dance, and I support any woman who chooses to make a living doing it, but I don’t think we’re at a point where we need to train them from childhood like sleeper agents for Russian intelligence.
So why, with all the great ways kids can get exercise, would you choose an activity for kids that’s impossible to dissociate from the sex industry? I can’t even support it as being progressive or sex-positive. I think it’s just making crappy choices as a parent.