Jai Maharaj (pundit) wrote,
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Freak dancing

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Freak dancing

By Bill OReilly
CNSNews.com Commentary
Friday, June 22, 2001

Posted on 6/23/2001 by ppaul

Here's how bad it's gotten. In June of 1963, I was about
to graduate from St. Brigid's School in Westbury, Long
Island. There were celebratory dances, and parties and
barbecues all over the place. The big show dance song was
"Hey, Paula," by the unforgettable duo Paul and Paula.
Whenever that 45 hit the turntable, it was time to get
close to the 13-year-old girl of your dreams.

But there was a rule for the eighth graders at St.
Brigid's -- we had to leave room for "The Holy Ghost."
There was no "cheek-to-cheek" dancing allowed, and
certainly no fusion of body parts. What the Holy Ghost
was doing at the dance remained a mystery to me, but
chaperones and shark-circling nuns strictly enforced the

Thirty-eight years later, we have "freak dancing" going
on. This is basically "lap dancing." Somehow what they do
in the strip clubs has been adopted by some of America's
children, and all over the country, teen dance clubs and
school proms have turned into "Playboy After Dark."

You think I'm exaggerating, don't you? Well, I'm not.
Kids from coast to coast are grinding and simulating
sexual acts on the dance floor. They are mimicking Kama-
Sutra positions to the beat of rap and techno music. They
are touching each other in ways that would frighten
Pamela Anderson. Ask any kid.

This is not Elvis swiveling his hips. This is not Chubby
Checker twisting like a madman. This is intimate bumping
and grinding. How did it happen? How did the USA suddenly
become Denmark?

The answer to that question lies in the popular culture
and in the adult world. I asked the owner of a dance
studio in Washington, D.C., whether she was disturbed by
14-year-olds "freak dancing." Not at all, she said. It's
just "creative expression."

Ah, "creative expression," so that's it. Another
rationalization that allows conduct that would have been
unacceptable 38 years ago to flourish today. We don't
abuse drugs and alcohol -- we have a "chemical
dependency." We don't fail to control ourselves -- we
have "anger management issues."

So what's so bad about teenagers bumping and grinding on
the dance floor anyway?

Well, first of all, it is inappropriate behavior. Do we
use that expression in America anymore? Sex, or the
simulation of it, is supposed to be a private pursuit.
It's not supposed to be flaunted as public recreation.

Secondly, sex is supposed to have some meaning to it. We
are not wildebeests -- at least not yet. Humans are
supposed to form some kind of emotional attachment before
we start bumping around. What kind of lessons are
teenagers learning from doing these mating dances? Are
they auditioning for a spot at the "Hot Pants Gentlemen's

When I first editorialized about "freak dancing" on
television, I received a bunch of letters from kids who
called me an "old fogey," or other words to that effect.
And I guess that's true. I am of the opinion that America
now accepts behavior that is corrupting and destructive,
behavior that would have been condemned just a few years

I am not coming at this from a prudish point of view.
What adults do in private should be of no concern to the
government or cranky columnists. But what kids do in
public should be scrutinized, and this "freak dancing"
deal is appalling.

Thankfully, some schools have banned the dancing at
social events on campus. But I have heard little social
outcry from the media. The reason, I believe, is that the
media panders to youth. Magazines and television feed
young people a steady diet of salacious images because
they sell. All kinds of adult conduct are funneled into
articles and programs designed for teens. Seldom is there
a lesson at the end of the provocative display, and that
leaves many kids up "Dawson's Creek" without a paddle.

There is no question that America's children have been
sexualized to a greater extent than ever before. In the
early '60s, kids had their dances and their fantasies and
their stolen kisses. But there was a mystery to adult
behavior, and there were taboos for most of us who were
young back then.

Now the mystery and the stop signs are gone. And the kids
are freaking out.

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Words excape me.
Where are the dads?

Posted on 6/23/2001 by ppaul

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- To: ppaul

As a dad, I hope to raise daughters that would NOT
lower themselves to this level of filth
They will know that this is degenerate. The failure
here is NOT the children, but the parents.

Posted on 6/23/2001 by Mr. K

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- To: ppaul

i definitely remember the Holy Ghost being present at dances, and my guardian angel sitting next to me in class, sharing my seat. sounds like they are needed back on the job!

Posted on 6/23/2001 by xsmommy

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- To: ppaul

I asked my 16 year old son about this after I heard
a piece on NPR. He is extremely socially active and never
misses a school dance (public high school). He said he
never heard of freak dancing and had no idea what I was
talking about and I believe him. I wonder if some people
are making a mountain out of a molehill here.

Posted on 6/23/2001 by jalisco555

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- To: xsmommy

Heck, I graduated from a Catholic high school in
_1991_, and I remember having to leave room for the Holy
Ghost while couples dancing!!

If I had gyrated obscenely at a school dance, my
father would have boxed my ears for me -- AFTER Sister
Two-Chair Pierre, thh Prefect of Discipline, had had her
go at me. Of course, freak dancing falls under the
"creative expression" and "individuality" banners, so no
one will criticize it.

Don't parents even attempt to see what their kids
are up to anymore??

Posted on 6/23/2001 by Malacoda

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End of forwarded messages

Jai Maharaj
Om Shanti
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