HT to Stacey McDonald.
Pole dancing classes for little girls?
“So what?” some say. “At least children are getting some exercise!”
Tammy Morris, owner of Tantra Fitness that offers these classes (and is considering a “mommy and me” pole class), has this to say:
Hmmm…then I wonder why Tammy has given these titles to her classes: Bellylicious, Sexy Flexy, Pussycat Dawls and Promiscuous Girls.
Oh, did I mention that Tammy is a a former exotic dance champion? And that she also offers Exotic Dance and Lap Dance classes? (Age restrictions apply, she says, and the girls must have a waiver signed by their parents.)
Another blogger had this to say:
You might as well put them in short shorts with the words “look at me perv” scrawled across the butt.
And, last year, 16-year-old Disney star, Miley Cyrus, proved quite the role model, demonstrating her pole dancing skills at the Teen Choice Awards. Nice.
At least feminist writer Jessica Wakeman is honest and calls out the exercise explanation as disingenuous.
“I clearly understand that we’re not talking about a pole-dancing class for kids; it’s an exercise class on a pole,” says Wakeman, who writes for pop-culture site The Frisky. “But there are cultural messages here that people need to be honest about.”
Can you think of any other exercise for children? Hmmm….