Social dancing through the generations has changed and not for the better! Today when you walk into a nightclub, school dance or party all you see is bumping and grinding. Bumping and grinding has changed since 1990’s. Dance has always represented cultural and societal issues like oppression, women’s rights and sexuality.
( Google Images – Freak Dance)
Throughout the decades generations have been more open and comfortable with their sexuality and the dances have been increasing sexually. We went from the Charleston in the 1920’s, to Swing in the 1950’s moving into Disco in the 1970’s to back to front dancing in the 1990’s. Since then dancing back to front has shifted about 180 degrees. The only difference between sex and what is occurring on the dance floor is that they have clothes on, barely.
(Google Images- Grinding Dance)
It is not okay, it is not cute and it is disrespectful. What is responsible for this? First society and media then lastly the latter part of hip hop movement. Society has been making women sexual objects in history for a long time. Media used women and promoted them as sexual objects to sell products and that influenced society’s views.
(Google Images -1950’s Ads)
Rappers today use women as sexual objects and belittle them by calling them vulgar names like bitch and hoe. To top it off their music videos are full of women in thongs and tiny bras shaking their butt in all different type of position. What message does that send to the youth? It lowers girl’s self-esteem and sense of worth. It causes young women to think that they need to dress and dance like that to get attention. It tells young men that it is okay to treat women that way and that shapes their expectation.
(Google Images – Nikki Minaj)
In order to change these views we must take a stand. Stand up for yourself and demand respect. It is not respectful and no good names can be attached to a person when dancing like that. Make the change; make society change their views, change dance for the better.