What's classy about twerking? ...I'll wait

By Mariah Powell
On October 18, 2013

  • Student senate members listen to issues raised at the SGA meeting last Monday. Pam Belcher

A plague has come over our generation. A plague that gained Miley Cyrus some negative media reviews and spotlight in rap songs and videos.

Ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome twerking to the stage ... floor ... wall, or anything that seems sturdy enough to support your weight.

To fill you in, twerking, according to Urban Dictionary, is the act of moving one's bottom in a circular, up-and-down and side-to-side motion, or a slutty dance derived from strip clubs.

Although we are not celebrities or a Division I school, we still have an image to uphold. I feel that twerking is something that should not take place at a school event. We are representing a public university-not a personal YouTube channel or Juicy J video, but a place of higher education.

My objective is not to target anyone, and I am aware that everyone has his or her own opinion, but in no way, shape or form is twerking tasteful at a university function. That's like twerking at your family reunion in front of your grandparents. Would you do it? Regardless of how many family members cheer you on, would you consider the fact that your grandparents are watching? I feel that if you would not do it in front of your grandparents, you should not do it in front of honorable alumni, university sponsors and the university president. It's shameful.

Women's rights activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony did not break their backs to see young women twerking. They worked hard to gain rights for us 'women,' yet we lower ourselves to seem like "we 'bout that life," in Miley Cyrus' words.

There are so many twerking videos online, but what does it say about the individual? Using the term "individual," to say that some guys twerk to imitate girls and some guys do it to please themselves, but that's another issue I refuse to discuss. It doesn't reveal his or her intelligence, whether or not the individual graduated from high school, or if he or she still is in high school. Is that the field you are looking to go into? Is there some kind of stripper internship we are after?

There is a time and place for everything. If you are in your bathroom mirror, feel more than welcome to twerk, or even at the club-be my guest-but I do not feel that it is acceptable in front of children, elders, university fans and community members. We represent the student body at ASU. Do we really want our university to have a bad name or be posted on WorldStarHipHop? All I am saying is consider the dance moves you display to the public. It's no big deal if you get caught doing the locomotion, electric slide, or even the wobble.

Regardless of your primary target audience, at university events there will be other viewers present besides your fellow classmates, and you have to respect their eyes and especially the eyes of their young children. Also consider respecting yourself enough to know your limit.

Like I stated before, everyone has an opinion. Feel free to share your opinion online or send us a letter to the Editor at rampage@angelo.edu.

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