Lovely Lists #1
1. It is downright CRINGEY!
To the right, you will notice a lovely image of former child star Miley Cyrus twerking towards Robin Thicke's crotch during their performance of his smash hit Blurred Lines at the VMA's. As someone who normally has too many words to say, all I can say is YUCK. Did we really need to see this at the VMA's, Miley? I can cope with provocative dancing, but I really didn't need to see that woman jiggling at Robin Thicke whilst he was singing a song about how women want to sleep with him. Yes, Miley has got a fantastic figure and I'm sure is very proud of her bottom, but it wouldn't have hurt her to put it away.
2. Where is the originality?
Although twerking has only made the headlines this year, it is nothing new. Twerking comes from the 1990's trend of ' booty shaking' which was first introduced into the US hip-hop culture due to the New Orleans bounce music scene. In 1993, DJ Jubilee recorded the dance tune 'Do The Jubilee All' in which he chanted 'Twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk, twerk.' Prior to the media attention given to twerking this year, I can guarantee that many women over the world will have 'shaken their butt' from time to time whilst dancing and thus jiggled, wobbled and got some attention. Twerking really, is just another form of butt shaking and in reality, it won't go down in history as anything other than that.
3. Degrading towards women
Time for me to get my feminist hat on! Now some could argue that if a woman chooses to twerk, that is her own decision and is her fault which, I have to say, I completely agree with. However, I think that in SOME situations, twerking can be degrading towards women. Please note my use of the word SOME that I have conveniently capitalised; for I recognise that some will twerk in a completely harmless way that is just a means of trying it out as a dance and having fun. Nevertheless, in other cases I feel that twerking portrays women as sexual objects to be lusted over purely for their body, which ultimately portrays them as sex tools.
4. Empowering or exploiting?
As well as making women look bad, the sad truth is that twerking can make them feel confident about themselves for the wrong reasons. I ask you readers, do you need to act provocatively to get attention and feel good about yourselves? Whilst twerking can make some women feel sexually empowered, I believe that twerking is but another form of sexual exploitation towards women that is actually disguised as self empowerment. As women twerk, they may experience feelings that they are carefree, beautiful and possibly controlling men by their moves when really, they are only getting attention because of the 'sexual show' that they are putting on which exploits them.
5. ATTENTION SEEKING
Ok, so this has been echoed throughout my article but this deserves to be a single reason on our list. Let me remind you, twerking is an overly sexualised form of 'booty shaking' comparable to 'grinding' where women dance and their bum jiggles a lot. Is this not attention seeking?! Surely if you want to dance.... then dance! Dancing is traditionally a form of expression where you can let yourself go- but I really don't think people need to let themselves go THAT much.
I'm not for a minute saying that twerking is all bad as I do realise that in many situations, it is purely a bit of rebellious fun and just a different type of dance to do. Saying that, my biggest struggle with twerking has to be the 'oh-my-gosh-what-is-she-doing cringe factor.' As a child, I loved watching Miley Cyrus on Hannah Montana, but her VMA performance with Robin Thicke made me feel slightly sick (oh yes, another rhyme!). It may be a popular trend worldwide and be deemed as sexy by many, but for me- twerking just ain't working!
What do you think of this dance phenomenon that is sweeping the world? Have I been a bit too judgemental or do you cringe loads too? Let me know in the comments below!