Last week I learned that girls as young as 3-years-old worry they are fat. Now I’ve come across a dance studio in London that offers pole dancing classes for girls as young as – wait for it – 3 years-old.
For just five pounds an hour, parents can sign their little girls up for Little Spinners classes at Make Me Fabulous Studio to learn pole dancing. The instructors say the class “helps youngsters keep fit and boosts their self-esteem.”
While I agree that keeping kids fit and boosting their self-esteem is extremely important, I do not think that pole dancing classes are the appropriate avenue to achieve this goal. How does teaching girls to “hold their legs in a v-shape while sliding down a pole” help their self-esteem?
To be honest, I find this extremely disturbing and proof of the growing sexualization of young girls today. Kidscape, the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse, agrees.
Director Claude Knights says:
Exposing children to pole dancing at such a young age carries a great risk.
The children will innocently enjoy copying the raunchy moves they learn, but be completely unaware of the sexual messages these send out which inevitably can have dangerous results.
It is of course very important for children to take exercise and group activities, but why would you package it as pole dancing, something which has overt sexual connotations?
I could not agree more. The dance moves may seem innocent to young girls, but there is no denying that the message they carry are overtly sexual, and the older the girls get the more clear this message becomes. There are lots of other ways we can promote fitness and confidence among young girls – pole dancing should not be one of them.
What do you think?
Related from Care2:
Girls As Young As 3-Years-Old Worry They are Fat
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