There are pole dancing classes for women to tap into their inner vixen, poles on sale to install in your bedroom or basement for exercise and entertainment, and poles in the firehall for firefighters to speed to the truck and get on the road.
And now there’s a kids’ doll in a sparkly acqua dress that dances on a pole. She’s “Pole Dancer” who goes up and down, ’round and ’round, with her own disco ball and round performance stage. No, not exactly the role model of dolls to inspire your little girl, is she? It’s highlighting a sexual dance that continues to serve the purpose of entertaining men, mostly in men’s clubs, but increasingly on a more public stage.
Tween idol Miley Cyrus raised some eyebrows with her pole dancing at the recent Teen Choice Awards. So if Miley’s doing it, wouldn’t your six-year-old want a doll that could do it, too?
Pole Dancer should be in the running for a Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children (TODAY) award from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood coalition. One of five toys nominated for the 2008 TODAY was Dallas Cowboy Barbie — blending the iconic perfect-figured plastic 50-year-old with the cheerleader stereotype. What a message: Forget about getting in the game, women should keep cheering on the boys! The recommended age for Barbie begins at five.
The sexualization of girls is targeting an audience that’s getting younger and younger — and it seems as though there’s no going back.