Pole “exercises ” for young girls?

What do you think when you hear the term, “pole dancing?” I think of women doing sexy moves, even stripping. I think of strip clubs, and sexy outfits. What comes to mind when I say, young girls, as young as 5,  learning pole dancing?

This was on “The Talk,” a new daytime talk show. They had two mothers, and the owner of the pole dance studio. The mothers started out as students themselves. Not having daycare available to them, they would bring their young daughters. After class, the girls would play around on the bars. So, they decided to offer a class for young girls.

I appreciate both sides of every story. I don’t always agree, but I always appreciate. I understand they don’t teach anything sexual. I understand they don’t wear the provocative clothing that the adult women wear, so they say. I have seen differently, though. I understand it is similar to gymnastics, just with the bar being vertical. I know, kids need exercise. And I also know, more than anything it is a socially unacceptable thing to do, in most eyes. PC right?! I’m usually on the other side of the fence when it comes to anything politically correct.


I have only a few issues with this. Now, I do not have a daughter, but if I did, I would not want her watching me learn a sexy exercise. Because really, that is exactly what pole dancing is. It is sexual, whether you are doing it for exercise or you are an aspiring exotic dancer. I’m usually a fairly open-minded person, to each their own. But this just doesn’t sit well with me. There are so many options for exercise for young kids. There are gyms, there’s gymnastics, ballet, sports, etc.  Pretty soon, everywhere, girls will be using teether ball poles to show their skills.

Why? Why teach them pole dancing, or whatever they want to call it to make it seem more PC? Am I over reacting to this? What do you all think about it? Be honest, it won’t hurt my feelings if you think I am a total stiff about it. I could go as far as to say, corporate America will whore out anyone to make a buck. It’s not a crime, in the legal sense, but to me it is a crime in the moral sense. Is it just exercise or is it crossing the line?

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22 Responses to Pole “exercises ” for young girls?

  1. Joy says:

    I saw the same show Nikki and I agree with you 100%. Both the mothers as well as the owner of the studio kept referring to it being “just like gymnastics” and all the mothers on the show kept saying “then enroll them in gymnastics.” It’s not even close to being the same. They don’t have pole dancing in the Olympics and I feel as you do that this is going to end up being sexual. No matter what these mothers say, it will end bad. The little girls are going to want to showcase what they’ve learned.

    Now I could give a crap why or what people do in the privacy of their own homes but I wonder why these adult women took these lessons? Did they take them for the exercise of it? They both had “poles” in their bedrooms. Hhhmmmm, odd about that. Why not in the exercise room or basement? Why the bedroom if this is not sexual? I’m sure it’s quite a task to put a pole in your room. It’s not like just putting in a treadmill.

    The biggest why is why not just let the kids play and do what other kids do. I used to take my boys with me to bowling and they went in the daycare/nursery they had and if they didn’t want to go I left them with a neighbor. The whole daycare issue is a lost cause on me. I had to find sitters when my kids were little and it didn’t mean what I did they also got to do.

    I was surprised when all the women on this show agreed with little ol’ me. Let little kids be little kids. Pole dancing is for grown ups.

  2. Joy says:

    I also wanted to say that I just love this new talk show. I wondered how it would be with that many loud mouthed women on it but they divide up and quite frankly, I watch about 10 minutes of The View anymore. It’s gotten so mean and political and this new show is on at a good time and it’s light and airy and nobody (so far) is yelling at anyone else.

    • Nikki says:

      When I saw the previews for this new show, I thought…FINALLY! I had to stop watching The View awhile ago. I cannot stand Joy or Whoopi, or Barbra for that matter.

      I love the issues they talk about, and I love the ladies. All of them.

  3. Jenny says:

    Joy you pretty much summed it all up for me…Let little kids be little kids. Pole dancing is for grown ups. They definitley shouldn’t be taking a class for it! I haven’t watched much of this new show…but I think anything would be better than The View!

  4. mssc54 says:

    Like many “sports” these mothers are living through their little girls. They can’t manage to do it so….


  5. SKL says:

    Well, since all little kids need to learn how to undress, why not sign them up for stripper classes?

    There will always be clueless people in the world. My mom used to have a “friend” who would ask her 5-year-old daughter after Kindergarten: “did any boys tell you that you were pretty today?” She taught her to be constantly aware of how boys reacted to her looks. Then she was surprised when her daughter was knocked up at 16, and ended up with SIX kids conceived out of wedlock.

    So yeah, what are these moms thinking? Their kid is going to go to school and tell her classmates what she did in pole dancing class! Maybe innocuous when she’s 5, but by about 7, many kids start to be aware of “that side” of things.

    And I’m with you about the pole in the bedroom. Sure, the class sounds like good exercise, and it might be fun to just be that silly with a bunch of women as an escape from the daily grind. But practicing at home in the bedroom – alone or with company? I don’t know. It’s not for me, that’s for sure.

    And about it not being an Olympic sport, watch out. You never know when someone will lobby to have it added. Imagine that medal on your resume!

  6. Ellen says:

    I think it is kind of dangerous where this is all going to. Little girls, dressed up like grown ups. Little girls dancing like women in strip clubs. What are the parents thinking?? ?????

  7. Laura says:

    Most everyone has already spoken what I’m thinking, which is… too much, too soon.

    If they want the strength and confidence that working an apparatus brings, enroll the girls in an actual gymnastics school, and let them learn to work the balance beam and the uneven parallel bars.

    I really believe that there is a group of people out there (…aaaand out comes the tin-foil hat…) that is making a concerted effort to hyper-sexualize our society, and it starts with the children. On one hand, I agree that, in many ways, our society is too prudish (the fact that a sex scene can be controversial, but in the same movie, someone is gutted alive and there’s blood everywhere doesn’t cause an eye to blink), but it’s been done before – start with the children, and the rest of society will follow.

    Pole dancing for little kids is just plain ridiculous. If you want them to be strong, and to learn to climb poles, put one on the playground. We had a light pole in the middle of ours, at my elementary school. We used to have contests to see who could climb highest. And there was nothing sexual about it..

  8. Laura says:

    OOH!! OOH!! I thought of something else!

    Are BOYS encouraged to take these lessons as well? Or are they just offered for girls?

    I’m sorry, but you’re not going to convince me that this is not sexual “indoctrination”. In a Fox Video, the hostess said that classes in one Canadian studio were called, “Sexy Flexy”, “Promiscuous Girls,” “Belly-licious,” and “Pussycat Dolls”. Nooooo, not sexual AT ALL. And i watched the video. In every fitness class I’ve seen and participated in, I’ve had my hair tied up to keep it out of my face. In this video, it’s a tool to be flipped around and look sexy. The moves are done slowly and sensually – yes, it takes strong muscles to do them, but these are done to deliberately evoke certain images.

    Too much too soon.

  9. starlaschat says:

    I agree with the above comments. The one thing I find difficult is that after the young girls take several pole classess it wouldn’t take much to hop into the role of stripper. They get a little older and find out what pole dancing is all they need to do is dress a little different and volia they are already a pole dancer. It wouldn’t take much to go out and get a job because they have already had all the classes. No sorry let little girls be little girls. I can understand the excercise side but it’s just too close.

  10. Al Stewart says:

    All exercise can be of benifit as long as it is done for the right reasons and in a controlled manner.

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