Hi Readers! Here are the rules for a school dance in Wisconsin. As summarized by The Smoking Gun, they include “no ‘sexual bending’ [or] the touching of breasts, buttocks, or genitals. Leg straddling is also verboten. Additionally, students are on notice that ‘Both feet must remain on the dance floor at all times.'”
As awkward as the term “sexual bending” might be, I don’t share The Smoking Gun’s obvious scorn for the school banning it. The rules seem designed to keep dance what it used to be: A metaphor for something else, rather than a hands-on demonstration.
Old fogey? Me? Maybe. Probably. I know the Twist shocked parents in the ’50s and I’m sure the Charleston shocked their grandparents, and the Waltz probably shocked someone — with a white poufy wig — at some point. And maybe we’ve come so far that there’s nothing shocking left to do but full-frontal (and backal) simulation.
But Free-Range Kids does not mean Free-for-all for Kids. Rules and boundaries are not taboo. I like, for instance, the way the school insists it WILL find any alcohol the students may try to sneak in.
The rule about both feet on the floor? That seems a bit much. But a dance where kids are freed from any pressure to “sexually bend” or “leg straddle” sounds refreshing. And if they want to cut loose, they can always cha cha cha.
Can’t they? — Lenore