Leaving the dancing out, it could have been more age appropriate were they not dressed like saloon prostitutes from the old west days. Try to picture it in cute matching sweat-style dance pants and tee-shirts.
The parents ought to be ashamed
Does a seven or eight year old kid even know where babies come from? (I first heard about that process on the playground in 3rd grade but didn't quite believe the story.)
Fungible, of course the little girls had no idea of the sexual aspect of it, but the parents and choreographers most certainly did.
delmoi, what are you on about? Little girls = toasters? Is this some weird BSG commentary?
disingenuity thy name is delmoi -- Nothing... and like it
Okay, well, two things here. One, the outfit itself is sexual. -- Pastabagel
Again, what are you on about? You're not even close to addressing the reason why most people are squicked out by this. You're just telling us that you don't view seven year old girls as sex objects. Good for you? I guess? -- (Arsenio) Hall and...
Is your parole officer reading this or something? Bizarre. -- (Arsenio) Hall and...
Is it sexualizing to put lingerie on a 7-year-old girl and then teach her a burlesque dance and then have her perform that dance? Yes.
I have a friend whose 8 year old dances competitively. They attend a dance school where the director is determined to keep things appropriate for the ages of the kids participating but my friend came back from a regional competition recently and told me that most of the groups were performing along the lines of the horrific video above - it seems to be part of the culture of competitive dance. So much for having kids be kids. To my mind it's sad for the obvious reasons and also for the paucity of imagination used by the choreographers since there are lots of amazingly creative things one can do without sexualizing children.
What's the difference between this and kids imitating violence, and why is the latter more socially acceptable? With violence, there's a much bigger group of people saying "oh that's just harmless, they don't know what they're doing."
The type of clothes they're wearing, and the type of dance moves they're doing, did not spring forth into our society arbitrarily; they are the current state-of-the-art in clothing and dance moves expressly intended to titillate, to excite viewers into sufficient arousal to keep their attention.
"This is taken completely out of context,' Cory Miller, father of one of the girls, told 'Good Morning America' today. 'The girls weren't meant to be viewed by millions of people.'"
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