Hyper-Sexualized Dance

In wake of the controversy following this year’s hyper-sexualized Super Bowl halftime dance show, I read an article written by Mary Bawden, of the organization Dance Awareness: No child exploited. Bawden loves dance and says that watching a child explore the art of movement through dance is precious. But she is also sounding the alarm regarding how in children’s dance classes around the nation, young children are being taught to dance with choreography that hypersexualizes them and their bodies. She warns readers that our kids are being taught movement patterns that are highly suggestive, and which include obscene gestures. Add to that the presence of sexualized music and seductive costumes, and you’ve got a mix that has negative effects on kids. These negative effects include body dysmorphia, desensitization to hyper-sexualization, promiscuity, higher risk of pornography use, and higher risk of abusive relationships. Parents, nurture your kids into the counter-cultural beauty of a biblical sexual ethic.