Ballroom Dance?

What exactly is Sexual explicitness …or has it so become the norm that most don’t give it a second thought..
or do they?
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At the beginning of the 20th century, immodest images of women in public were virtually unheard of in this country.

Women ballroom dancers swept across the floor in elegant, floor length hemlines.
By the 1920′s, even displaying a woman’s knees was still considered taboo. By the 1950′s, petticoats and tulle were all the rage and hemlines became shorter. In the 1960′s chiffon and semi-sheer fabrics were introduced and even more of the ladies’ legs were visible.

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Gradually dresses became shorter and shorter and more and more form fitting and snug owing to the introduction of stretchy fabrics.

In the ensuing decades, women were routinely dressed sexily and whether we choose to admit this or ourselves or not…

Fashions do dominate our perceptions of popular culture and in particular of women.
Dance movements have become overtly erotic, suggestive and simulate s-ex itself.

The Methodists may not have been too far off when they observed and actually offered warnings in the 18th century that dancing is “stylised sex.”

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Prior to the 17th century, men and women danced alongside each other, not even face to face.
The extent of physical contact would be touching hands with arms outstretched.

Can you say “We’ve come a long way Baby?”…Well that all depends on where we wanted to end up.
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Nearly every experience we have in society- has become ‘sexualized’. Sexuality , we are told is “a natural characteristic” of which we should feel no shame..and certainly no modesty.

So……….. because sexuality is a natural desire, is it now legitimized in all contexts?..

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In films… is it approriate to view explicit sex scenes..

At any concert, must the male and female background singers and dancers dance provocatively and in a way that encourages a sexual atmosphere?

It is a given that one criterion for a girl or woman to attain stardom in this century — is that she not need have any particular talent, but she must be willing to sexualize herself.

What was once shocking in the pop industry, the flagrant promiscuity, the degradation of morality, the attire ..we have now come to expect.

Ballroom dance was once synonymous with the epitome of sophistication.

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In times past, ballroom dancing was the “social dancing” of privileged classes. The woman wore a stunning, flowing, long gown; the gentleman a suit or formalwear.
Latin and swing dancers wore shorter dresses or skirts but dresses nonetheless.

What passes for womens’ dresses in Ballroom dance today?

Anything that objectifies women to the max.

This “practically naked’ look, we are told is “empowering” to the woman dancer.
We all value her stunning, scantily clad form as she moves across the floor. Rrrright.
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This exhibitionism will have one certain result: Every healthy male who watches this woman dance will think of her sexually.
He may not notice a single dance step but her half naked body will not escape him.

The tacit message is being sent.

Distracting men with a half naked female body is the hallmark of the entire advertisement world.

Turning girls and women into ‘eye candy’ does nothing but contaminate the dance form and lowers it to some biological exhibitionism.headwallani

Guess what…………Dancing should be judged by relative merit..not how well the dancer appeared in her bikini top with the sheer sarong wrapped around her waist to make it appear as though she were actually dressed.

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Who set this “new bar” for womens’ attire..or should I say “lack of attire” in Ballroom dance?

Anyone remember the concept of “Class”?
“Grace”?

And…Where exactly is it written that every solitary aspect of what used to be known as our “Culture” — be dominated by sex appeal?

Jus askin.

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11 Responses to “Ballroom Dance?”

  1. Comedy Plus says:

    I agree with you here. Some look like 2 dollar hookers. It’s not all that appealing. Well probably for the guys, but show some class will you?

    Have a terrific day Angel. Big hugs my friend. :)

  2. Findalis says:

    In competitive dancing it is not the clothing but the footwork that counts. You will still see women in long flowing dresses, couples not holding each other body to body, and the style of dancing that made Fred and Ginger famous.

  3. William Stout says:

    Our modern culture of seeing women as only sex objects can be traced back to many root causes. First is the idea that by being blatantly sexual a woman empowers herself. The truth of the matter is that there is no empowerment in the world only having an interest in your genitalia. That does not empower you. It objectifies you. Advertisers go for objectification because it moves product.

    As you reminisced about the dance and about grace and elegance, you missed the concept of virtue. A woman’s honor is rarely spoken of these days. In fact, I don’t believe that I have even heard the term used in decades. In a world where messages are written across the backsides of young girls, it is a strange concept to speak about. I submit that women were far more powerful as the “unobtainable” ideal than as the common object that they are now.

    A man once had to work for a woman’s attention. He had to have character and ability. He had to pay her respect in the hopes of obtaining her regard. Nowadays you see something that you like, bump and grind on her for an hour or two, and then take her back to your place. As you point out, we have lost something as we moved forward in time.

    There was a time when the sexes respected one another. Those days are long gone. All that remains are the demands of the physical. Social media isolates us, women are objectified by their own hand, and men are left with nothing with which to aspire. If you believe that women had no power ‘back in the day’ then you have no concept of what it took to gain her favor. The ladies (another term that has lost it’s meaning over the years) had more power than you think. But women gave up that advantage when they decided to become as coarse as the boys.

    Ultimately what has transitioned is societal attitude towards the family. No longer do women think of men in terms of husbands or fathers, but as sexual partners only. I see it, I like it, I want it, and her clothes fall off. Is it any wonder that the family has suffered in modern times? When we deal with social issues we tamper with a very complex mesh of intertwined interests. When we pull one string over here to cause a social change, several strings move in diverse locations and they include strings that we didn’t want to tamper with in the first place. This is the reason that there is no such thing as a societal change that occurs in isolation and why the end result is always broader than the intent.

    This is running long and so I shall shut up now. Thought provoking article and wonderfully presented, as always.

  4. Matt says:

    Those were great points, Angel, and William too. well reasoned!

  5. Berit says:

    “Women now free to go Topless in Public in NYC”

  6. The Conservative Lady says:

    Anything to get more people watch. I blame the women for letting themselves be used this way.

  7. Jackie says:

    Wh….wh….wh…at????? Are you saying you don’t like DWTS and their naked bodies??? I feel sure that at least 80% of our nation are dedicated to the show!

    Dear Lord! I’m positive HE as well as the 20% agree with you.

    (still haven’t gotten back to my blog)

  8. joe says:

    Today’s dress code certainly doesn’t help one to “Woman Honor Thyself” do they?! heh heh–couldn’t help myself Angel!

    Personally, I’d rather not see styles revert back further than let’s say the 70′s.

  9. Leticia says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s horrid how women dress, even for their proms and weddings. What happened to dignified femininity?

    I quit watching Dancing with Stars and even the occasional Ball Room Dancing competitions. The costumes are provocative and way too sheer for me to watch with my boys.

    I recently, well, maybe not too recently, the Goth Victorian look, not Steampunk or Cyber, just the beautifully elegance of how beautiful and elegant the clothing is and nothing exposed just the beauty of the ensemble and the woman herself.

    If I ever come into money, I guarantee you, these old lady would be a genuine Goth. I am not one to care what people think of me or even how I dress.

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  11. Always On Watch says:

    Back when I was about 16 years old, my mother had me take ballroom dancing lessons as a way to improve my awkward manner of walking. Voila! I loved ballroom dancing from lesson one and went on to win medals in ballroom dancing (traditional and Latin dance). Alas! I married a non-dancer!