It’s finally the end of the semester for the kids. Of course, this means that I’ve spent more of my evenings at their schools watching performances than I have spent at home. As if that isn’t enough to make me cranky, I also get to see all of these tweens/teens running around dressed as though they should be offering $10 lap dances at the Pink Pony.
I thought that the high school girls were the worst. When I attended the post-concert party last week and saw all of the 14/15/16 year old girls in dresses that plunged to the navel and barely covered their ass cheeks, I wondered if I was supposed to bring $1 bills. Has it really come to this? If you’re a teenager and you’re not fat (hell, sometimes even if you are) you take every opportunity to dress like a hooker? Where are the moms? OH YEAH… they’re wearing the same shit. Seriously! Stop teaching your daughters that the streetwalker look is “in”. It’s not. Unless, well… you know…
Last night, I got to the middle school for their holiday performances and almost had to get up and say something to the girls step team teacher. WTF! Every one of the 12/13 year old little girls were WOBBLING down the aisle wearing black shiny 4 inch spiked heels stripper shoes! In case you don’t know what a step team is (IT ROCKS) or why this would be significant, I’ve brought a YouTube video to show you.
REALLY? We’re expecting our little girls to DANCE in stripper shoes? They don’t need extra practice! This is not a career path we should be encouraging in middle school! Not to mention that I thought they were going to fall on their faces during the entire dance. I love that the girls worked so hard and that they do such a good job… but when I found out that the teacher said they are required to learn to dance in heels as part of the SCHOOL’S program, I wanted to punch her in the mouth.
Please… please can we let our children be children? Can we stop showing them how to prance around and show off their body parts to any and everyone before they even have body parts to show? They have the rest of their lives to struggle with body image and society’s fucked up message about what is supposed to be beautiful.