They're as young as 7 or even 5, and they're spending the summer pole dancing.
Not in a strip club. In a dancing studio.
And their parents are OK with this.
Hey, at least they're getting exercise?
You had the knee-jerk reaction, right?
Pole dancing? At 5? Scandalous!
The Ottawa Citizen posed that angle to Tammy Morris, owner of Tantra Fitness, a Canadian studio that currently offers these classes to kids and is even debating a mommy and me class.
Her answer makes sense: If the kids associate a pole with any adult profession, it's likely to be fighting fires, not flinging open one's legs.
It's not going to "make" kids have sex, just like a condom being available in the nurse's office isn't going to "make" them tear their clothes off and jump their deskmate.
She's almost convincing.
But the names of the classes allow you to forgive yourself for being a big ol' judge-a-roo: Bellylicious, Sexy Flexy, Pussycat Dawls, and Promiscuous Girls.
You might as well put them in short shorts with the words "look at me perv" scrawled across the butt.
They're one Nelly Furtado song away from innocence.
You aren't teaching girls to work out. You're teaching them to work it.
Simply put: If this class isn't about teaching the girls to be sexy, remove the titles. Period. Bellylicious, although inane, can at least be ascribed to the practice of working one's body to keep off belly fat.
But if you want girls to think it's a fire pole, don't tell them they're learning to be promiscuous.
Do you think this is appropriate?
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