Pole dancing for 7 year olds

Katherine - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/new...


Got this from the welcome page. What do you think?
My opinion? You get good at something-you get talent-you get talent-you use it. What else would you use it for?
Granted there are competitions that are not sexual, but my 7 year old would NOT be doing this.
What I mean by not sexual, I mean not stripping. The entire concept is way to sexual in general.

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Rosie - posted on 07/28/2011

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i'm torn as well. they aren't doing anything sexual, and i don't buy the argument that practicing on a pole is going to turn them into a stripper. but those images are disturbing to me because i've been trained to think it's sexual, although logically i know it's not the case everytime. i don't think my child would be involved in it, there's bound to be some perv there thinking icky things about my child.

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Im sorry but when you put the words Pole and Dancing together, the only thing anybody starts thinking is Stripper. Because thats what it is. Little girls should not be doing this.

Yes its a great way to get fit and stay fit... if your a grown woman. You want your kid to get a work out send them out side for it. Those pictures were just wrong.

Merry - posted on 07/28/2011

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Yeah butwhatif she really really loves pole dancing? What if she wants to make a careeroutof it? What choices does she have other then stripping?

Kellie - posted on 07/27/2011

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honestly I don't know. But learning pole dancing at an early age doesn't necessarily mean "grow up to be a stripper". Just like "I started swimming, dancing, football" etc etc doesn't mean one will grow up to be a professional swimmer, dancer, footballer etc.

Katherine - posted on 07/27/2011

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It's a great workout, but like I said....where will it lead in the future?

Kellie - posted on 07/27/2011

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I'm torn with this one. I know Pole Dancing these days is starting to move away from the stripper label and is a fitness class all on it's own. The core strength required for pole dancing like nothing else. I saw Pole Dancers do a routine on Australia's Got talent and they were AMAZING! and in no way sexual, I just saw it as WOW you are so athletic and incredibly strong.

However, because we've been trained to see it as a sexual thing that's what we're seeing when we look at the little girls and yes I do find those images disturbing......

Jenn - posted on 07/27/2011

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Hey, I will stick with Chris Rock's view that his job as a parent is to keep his daughter off of a stripper pole!

Merry - posted on 07/27/2011

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I think gymnastics is better fitness anyways and a whole less sexual.
Although I can remember doing similar pole dancing type stuff on poles at the park, holding up the monkey bars ets, it was innocent fun, it was good exercise but I had NO concept of sex yet and if someone was getting aroused by me it would be bad. But it wasn't a formal class, it was playing at the park.
I admit it's probably totally innocent to both teachers and children but the fact is pole dancing is used far more for sexual teasing then it is used for fitness. So IMO it's not appropriate for little girls.

Corinne - posted on 07/27/2011

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Hmmm... I'm wondering why if it's gymnastic arts / pole fitness, where are the boys? I was a performance artist before I had kids and we did something similar to this, it was called chinese poles and it was very difficult. This just looks like a baby version of the ladies pole dancing lessons taught in a town near me, where the classes are taught by proffesional pole dancers. I think it's wrong. If she were teaching proper chinese poles type stuff, I'd get it, but this? Nope.

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