Unable to sleep, I decided to catch up on one of my favourite YouTube channels – The Young Turks. The following video shocked me. And the reaction by the two anchors – Cenk and Ana – shocked me equally.
Now – yes, they’re amazing dancers. I was amazed at their ability to so succinctly emulate Beyonce’s moves from Single Ladies. They were in synch, they were hitting all the moves and every single one of their moves was tight – nothing loose, nothing sloppy. They just hit it.
They. Are. 7. Freaking. Years. Old.
Does that really not mean anything anymore? Cenk and Ana mention how while the dancing can be forgiven, the clothing is going too far. Why? Because it feeds into the fantasies of Pedobears all around the world.
I think they should have gone further. First of all – that dancing is not for a 7 year old. Opening your legs and thrusting your dare-not-be-mentioned area in a circular motion can never be innocent nor ‘cute.’ Not really the first word that comes to mind. Popping your teez back and forth while dropping it to the ground, like something out of a BET video, is also not ‘cute’ or ‘innocent.’
Nothing in that routine was ‘cute’ or ‘innocent.’ I find it so infuriarating that it could even half-jokingly be characterized as such. While I was watching the video, I completely forgot that I was watching 7 year olds (the whole reason I watched the video to begin with!) – their bodies may physically be 7 years old but those moves and those barely-there-outfits were completely resonant of a completely sexualized young woman. Through their clothing and their moves – they completely lost their innocence, in a sense, as children; they were sexualized – pedobear or no pedobear.
I’m so disturbed by this. So disturbed. There are so many points I could bring up but my frustration precedes me. It bothers me because we still continue to deny the negative effects of a hypersexualized pop culture is having on younger generations. The effect it’s been having on young girls is most apparent, with sexualization being defined as the following:
- a person’s value comes only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics;
- a person is held to a standard that equates physical attractiveness (narrowly defined) with being sexy;
- a person is sexually objectified—that is, made into a thing for others’ sexual use, rather than seen as a person with the capacity for independent action and decision making; and/or
- sexuality is inappropriately imposed upon a person.
I think it’s sad that we don’t call this sort of cultural exploration what it is – exploitative and oppressive. Both for young girls and boys. These things only create hard-to-reverse psychological traumas and tendencies which reinforce gender and sexual stereotypes that persist in our culture. Young girls are being forced to objectify themeslves earlier – to be prettier, sexier, thinner, more attainable. And young boys are being forced to accept these characteristics as primarily, and sometimes solely, desirable (on top of the enforcement of power roles).
I do, however, want to learn these gyrating moves – seem to make for excellent leg and ab workout.