Everywhere you look an artist is showing off their twerking skills. Twerking has been around for a while but, has taken a leap to the forefront of entertainment.You can’t watch a hip hop, pop video or a social media site without a woman twerking or showing off her rear end. Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and many other females have taken this dance trend by storm. Besides creating a social extravaganza, Artist and big name corporations have capitalized off the fad. For those that don’t know,twerking is defined as a type of dancing in which an individual, usually a female, dances to music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance. In other words, when a female shakes her BOOTY…. VH1 stated,Twerking or the word twerk was introduced to the Hip hop community around 1993 when DJ Jubilee released “Do the Jubilee”. The south really brought twerking to the forefront with the likes of the Ying Yang Twins, Master P., and Cash Money Records. Since the rise of Hip hop from the south, twerking has favored the sounds of the south. Until recently, twerking was looked upon as an urban, ghetto, strip club movement and strip clubs are prominent in the south. The media has turned it around and now is looked upon as a means of amusement.
Taste-makers have a strong influence on the influx of this phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, taste makers are people who decide or influence what is or will become fashionable. Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj are a few taste-makers to name. Speaking of Miley Cyrus, the acceptance of twerking in the media reached new heights once Miley Cyrus 2013 VMA performance blew up the internet. Nicki Minaj “Anaconda” video had people drooling over their T.V’s and internet devices. Now, I am a man and I enjoy the entertainment of twerking but, lately thats all I see is booty. The emphasis of beauty has been transformed from the face to the booty. Mark Federman stated in “the Meaning of the Medium is the Message”, That we tend to focus on the obvious. In doing so, we largely miss the structural changes in our affairs that are introduced subtly, or over long periods of time. In this article he was talking about our minds and technology but, I think thats how society takes in messages fed to them daily. The more the media accepts twerking, the more we become saturated with it everyday. I can’t go a day without checking my social media sites and not see a new video of a female twerking.
Somewhere a line has to be crossed on the appropriateness of the dance. Women who think this is ok to perform in spiritual settings and in front of their children are wrong.
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I liked the dance better when it was confined to the strip club and a couple hip hop videos. Now, there are professional twerkers, endless amount of legal provocative twerk content that circulates the internet everyday, and an influx of media influence. Little girls are influenced to dance this way daily. The message that men interpret from this dance is not appropriate for any children. Yes, we have to be responsible and monitor what our children are exposed to but, twerking has become so prevalent in the media that,you would have to block all media outlets from your children so they will not be exposed to this behavior. Even that is not enough.
In conclusion,we have to be more mindful of how our actions are perceived. In other countries twerking is not looked upon as a sexual reference. It’s more of a celebration dance other places. We American’s have added a sexual raunchy fixation to the dance. So, if I view women twerking and I get a sexual pleasure, I don’t think it’s acceptable for children. Especially, because I know the way men think is not always positive.