Mum teaches 7 year old daughter to pole dance

*Lisa* - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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A UK mother and strip club owner is under fire for teaching her seven-year-old daughter to pole dance.

Sarah Burge, from Cambridge in eastern England, made international headlines earlier this year after revealing she injected her 15-year-old daughter with Botox.

Now Ms Burge, 50, is keeping up her controversial parenting ways by spending hours pole dancing with her younger daughter Poppy.

"It's a great bonding experience for us to play on the pole together," Ms Burge told The Sun newspaper.

She said she plans to someday give her strip club to her daughter, and the lessons would help prepare her for the business.

"There are pole dancers in the club. This exercise is early training, so she knows what to look for in dancers and will be a successful boss of the club."

Ms Burge said using a pole to dance was no different for kids than sliding down a pole on a climbing frame.

"I am keeping Poppy healthy and happy, and if in the future she wants to be a real pole dancer, who am I to stop her?"

But parenting experts have expressed outrage at Poppy's pole dancing lessons, describing the activity as "akin to striptease".

Ms Burge has been dubbed the "Human Barbie" after claiming to have had more than $850,000 worth of cosmetic surgery.

The mother said she would have no problem with Poppy also getting plastic surgery when she was older.

"Poppy wants a boob job when she is old enough, and what my daughters want, they get. She also wears high heels and make-up, it makes her feel pretty."

What do you think?

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Charlie - posted on 06/16/2010

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At first i thought pole dancing Meh ! so what its athletic and an amazing gymnastic workout and we have HEAPS of classes that cater to young girls as young as 8 up to 60 as pole aerobics BUT THEN i read it was this horrible woman who injects her daughter with botox and is pretty much grooming her daughters to be superficial bimbos .

I have no problem with strippers , i actually like strippers ( i took Jamie to his first show ) but it has to be a decision made by the individual to do , i think its wrong to groom a child into it .

Joanna - posted on 06/17/2010

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I was a stripper 5 years ago, and even I am pretty disgusted. My 2 1/2 year old saw something on TV one day with a stripper on a pole, and a couple hours later we went on a walk and she walked up to a street sign and started shaking her butt. It was ridiculously cute, but at the same time, if she can learn that off of a few seconds of TV, what is this young girl getting drilled into her head by her mother who teaches her to pole dance?

Sharon - posted on 06/17/2010

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Between little girls having pseudo sex with giant phallic symbols and the cornell post, I am seriously on the verge of throwing up.

Becky - posted on 06/16/2010

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Yeah, if she was just teaching her child to pole dance in the privacy of her own home, I wouldn't have a problem with that. I wouldn't do it, but to each their own. But of course, if that's all it was, we wouldn't be reading about it on the web! In combination with everything else, I think it's disgusting! Allowing your teenager to get botox and your 7 year old to dress like a hussy? Gross! What's wrong with allowing your children to be children? Clearly, this woman has issues!

La - posted on 06/16/2010

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This is Erica: http://www.vh1.com/shows/youre_cut_off/c...

her bio is ridiculous:
"Erica is a pampered princess from Houston, Texas, who spends over half a million dollars of her dad's money every year while still living at home. She has her own line of bejeweled tiaras and consults her personal astrologer for every life decision, no matter how small. Erica has never cleaned anything in her life and truly believes that a maid service less than three days a week is "roughing it." Her father is a famous plastic surgeon, and Erica can't imagine life without regular botox and lip injections. Now her family hopes she'll learn the value of money and decide to make something of herself by cutting her off from her $$1,000+ a day allowance. "

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Lucy - posted on 06/18/2010

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I'm with Sharon!

The difference between pole dancing and gymnastics/horse riding etc, is the origin of it, the other sports were not originally developed for sexual titillation. The environment is going to affect the way this little girl sees the "sport" especially when the kid is being taught in a strip club by her mum who runs it. There is no way as this child develops she will be seeing it as just a good work it out.

My daughter will be sticking to her ballet classes, thanks!

Charlie - posted on 06/17/2010

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Its no different to doing silks IMO or acrobatic gymnastics like i said we have many pole aerobics classes all across Australia for all ages .

Some countries consider it wrong for women to ride horses as its viewed sexually , Yes it can be sexual when combined with costume ( or lack of it ) and music but so can sucking on a ice pole in summer , i think its most certainly a sport on its own :D

*Lisa* - posted on 06/17/2010

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I had the same thoughts as you Sharon but apparently pole dancing is now a recognized sport. They are even hoping to get it into the Olympics, which I doubt will happen. I can probably think of a few different activities I'd get my kids to do for fitness rather than pole dancing.
http://www.worldpoledance.com/

Sharon - posted on 06/17/2010

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I'm kind of shocked you guys think a sex dance with a giant phallic symbol for a 7 yr old is ok?

Before I grew up & settled down, a lot of my friends were strippers, a couple of them enjoyed showing off their bodies for the pure pleasure of showing off their bodies but most of my friends used stripping to get from financial point A to financial point B.

Is a pole dance anything less than about sex? Am I missing something?

*Lisa* - posted on 06/17/2010

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Yeah I agree that the pole dancing in itself is not too alarming (although I can think of a few other options for exercise for my kids). She is a bit alarming though!

Ez - posted on 06/17/2010

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I think she's an old slapper intent on living vicariously through her children. Gross and pathetic.

Tanya - posted on 06/17/2010

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wow this lady is a good time. I don't even know what to say about it.

Zoe - posted on 06/17/2010

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the pole dancing part is fine with me she is in the safety of her own home , she is staying fit and in shape and not sat in front of the computer becoming obese. However i do not agree with the botox untill someone is old enough to do it theirselves or go to a clinic. For people who do not know she is qualified to inject botox but this do not make it ok . As for make up all kids want to put it on when they see mum doing it so i do not see make up as an issue and yes i would let my 7 year old wear make up if we had a girl but it would be minimal . this does not make me a bad mother. I do not agree in plastic surgery what so ever unless it is for a medical reason or a bad accident where you need your body reconstructing.

this is a link to a site that has pics on of the human barbie

http://www.reallifebarbie.com/html/galle...

Nicole - posted on 06/16/2010

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sicko,mind you if her mother doesn't teach her shed proberly learn it off tv.

La - posted on 06/16/2010

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Have you seen that new show on VH1 called "You're cut off"? I picture this woman to look like Erika but older (daughter of the plastic surgeon that looks like a barbie doll and house cat had sex to make her)

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and before?.....LOL! I think everyone should offer up what they picture her looking like and then we'll find a pic of her?! Sorry, kinda off topic but that's just absurd!

La - posted on 06/16/2010

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She probably looks like everyone else who has had too much plastic surgery...they all get that cat look like Joan Rivers after too much facial work.

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I wonder what she looks like? Haha! Who needs 850,000$ worth of cosmetic surgery? Can you imagine what she looked like before? Gah.....what's wrong with the world? Is this her strategy to get her 15 minutes of fame? WOWZA!

Sharon - posted on 06/16/2010

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The mother is a glorified whore and she's training her 7 yr old how to fuck her way to the top. Awesome.

Rosie - posted on 06/16/2010

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i wouldn't have much problem with it if it wasn't this lady. she seems like a real douche bag who shouldn't have kids in the first place.

LaCi - posted on 06/16/2010

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Does sound like poppy is inheriting a nice business though. I mean, she has enough money to pay nearly a mil for plastic surgery, most of which was probably in the last 15 to 20 years or so when plastic surgery got amazing.

Amie - posted on 06/16/2010

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My first reaction was like Jocelyn's. So long as it's in there home and only being used as an exercise activity. No big deal.

I kept reading and OMG! Botox for her teenager? An agreed upon boob job even though the 7 year old doesn't even have breasts yet?! Make up and high heels?!

Yes it's as bad as Toddlers and Tiaras. That show is awful!! I have to wonder what's wrong with the parents heads though if they need to live vicariously through their babies. Good grief.

C. - posted on 06/16/2010

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This woman is nuts. Very inappropriate. Teaching a 7 year old how to pole dance??? What in the freakin' heck???

Jocelyn - posted on 06/16/2010

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At first I thought "it's just pole dancing, it's a really good workout. as long as the 7 yr old is only dancing in her own home I don't have a problem with it."
Then I kept reading and hearing about the mom, and there is something wrong with this! I find it highly inappropriate (given the other surrounding circumstances-make up, boob job etc) and I think this mothe'rs head is not screwed on straight...

Jaime - posted on 06/16/2010

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It's unfortunate that Ms Burge is so superficial and obviously lacking in scruples...but she's not breaking any laws, just setting her daughters up for a life of "whatever you don't like can be fixed with money". I think it's interesting that she's under so much fire for allowing her daughter to have botox and for teaching her younger daughter to pole dance...but is it really any different from the friggin' toddlers & tiaras bullshit that goes on? I don't believe that it's my right to influence my son's career, self-image or beliefs because it's what I want. I believe it's my job to encourage him to be informed and find something to be passionate about in his life...but I certainly would never take it upon myself to 'train' him for a job he might not want in the future. What if this woman's daughter has other aspirations?...although I find that difficult to believe considering that she's likely been told from birth that the strip club is her inheritance...so she probably isn't striving for much beyond that.

La - posted on 06/16/2010

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I think it sends a horrible message to her daughters, but it's not criminal so technically no one can stop her from raising her kids like that. There are a lot of quack parents out there. Unfortunately we can't punish people for being morons. I'd be surprised if her girls grow up and DON'T have issues of some sort.

Krista - posted on 06/16/2010

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I think it's too bad that she didn't also surgically have her vag fused shut so that she couldn't breed.

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