The other week I went on the record as saying that I didn't think that it was such a big deal for little girls to shake their groove thang. I'd like to take that back now, please.
My argument was based on an innocuous Gap commercial, featuring some jazz-hands-waving tots in sweaters who bounced around gamefully and maybe, maybe, at one point did a bit of a modified butt-slide move that was more Pussycat Dolls than Josie and the Pussycats, but still. It was no big deal, I thought. Dancing is all about wiggling those hips and waving those hands and shaking that body body, I said. All dancing is about that. Even Swan Lake, which maybe has less hip wiggling and more lovelorn backward bends, but it basically amounts to the same thing: dancing is physical expression. It's hard to do that while keeping your hips stiff.
It is, however, possible to dance – and moreover, to encourage your children to dance – without thrusting your ass out backwards and shouting SMACK THAT.
Ladies and gentlefolk, I give you Miley Cyrus's nine year old sister Noah:
Really? And, WHAT?
Is it really necessary, in encouraging a little girl's performing impulses, to urge her on to a command performance of a little piece of sexist ass-smackery? Who here wants their daughters – OF ANY AGE – thrusting their asses out and demanding that someone SMACK THAT?
Show of hands?
Fine then. Can we all be appalled together? Or am I over-reacting?
Thanks to Vera at I'm Not Obsessed for this Wednesday morning WTF.