Twerking – How did it go from Classy to Trashy ?

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Twerk” “Twerk” “Twerk”  “Shake it” “Shake it” shouted the voice from the booming sound system as she maneuvered her upper body whilst wiggling and shaking her Gluteus maximus vigorously. She’s wearing a stripper like outfit – Bra and a thong and If you listen closely, one could hear clapping sounds of her buttocks slamming against each other or “Ass clapping” as they call it these days.

Very impressive control of her gluteal muscles, but things look bad when you come to realize that the girl in the video is below 18.  These type of videos are getting increasingly popular, a young girl records herself “Twerking” and the resulting clip is uploaded to a popular media site where both teenage boys and grown men await like prey to comment and give their opinions on her physical appearance. [You also get trolls who start a random argument based on Race].

According to my ever reliable friend Mr W.pedia –  Twerking is a dance move that involves a person shaking their upper hips and lower hips in an up and down bouncing motion, causing them to shake, ‘wobble’ and ‘jiggle. To “twerk” means to “dance in a sexually suggestive fashion by twisting the hips. Twerking as we know is a dance move synonymous with strippers and video vixens mostly because of its obvious sexual aura; i wouldn’t be surprised if Twerking is listed as one of the important ‘must haves’ if one was interested in becoming a stripper.

Earliest form of dances that bear a resemblance to twerking can be seen in the ‘Uri Ukwu’ dance from the Ibo tribe in Nigeria, ‘Mapouka’ from Cote d’ivoire and ‘Makosa’ from Congo. I have seen two of these dances performed and i can honestly say that they bear no sexual intonation whatsoever. It’s simply for entertainment or in some cases the Prince/King of a village will attend these dances when looking for a wife.

Somewhere along the line through all tourism and westernization/modernization and bla bla bla, the dance found its way to the strip clubs and hip hop music videos. Now its on our computer screen, young girls twerking and uploading, some people say they twerk because its fun, nothing sexual there – But when you put on a Buttocks enhancing dress such as a Maxi, ‘batty rider shorts’ or thong and start shaking/wiggling your Gluteus Maximus, recording your exploits with plans to upload it on a social media site, That screams SEX and SEXUALITY! whether you like it or not.

There’s a running joke that states – When a ‘Ratchet’ lady reaches the age of sexual maturity, she begins to twerk as a form of a mating call to attract sexual partners for reproduction.

Sometimes when i see videos like that – I remember this joke and i laugh hysterically.

Do you have different/similar opinions on twerking?

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