stripper poleA pole dancing class for toddlers offered at a dance studio in England is being attacked by critics who say it's "promoting sexually precocious behavior" in young kids. But I don't get what everyone is so worked up about. Isn't climbing up and down and around a stripper pole just another form of exercise? And  aren't we being told every day to make sure our kids exercise so they can be healthy?

It sounds to me like maybe these whiny, fun-hating complainers need to get their head out of the gutter.

When it comes to pole dancing, I tend to agree with the dance studio, which defends its toddler pole dancing class thusly:

... a great way to help your children to use their bodies, move, balance and be free in a fun environment.

I also found this completely innocent description of the activity (direct from Wikipedia): "This form of exercise increases core and general body strength by using the body itself as resistance, while toning the body as a whole." And, stripper professionals are even trying to make pole dancing an Olympic sport. Are you going to tell me that we're trying to prevent children as young as 3 from participating in a "sport"?

At the end of the day -- regardless of the fact that pole dancing has, first and foremost, sexual connotations -- it's just a pole. And for the people who insist on eroticizing it and describing the toddlers pole dancing class as little girls "sliding down the pole with their legs open in a V-shape" -- well, they just sound like sickos to me. If we let them have their way, the next thing you know they'll ban the hula hoop for being "too sexy."

Do you think toddlers sliding down a stripper pole is totally innocent?

*This post was written in a satirical spirit.


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