Freak Dances

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a page one article on a controversy in the Texas town of Argyle: Should schools permit “freak dancing” at school dances? Parents and some school officials are concerned that students dress and dance too provocatively. The rest is predictable; advocates of restrictions see moral collapse, while opponents compare this to shock over Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips.

I have a simpler question: Why on earth do schools hold dances? Is there any legitimate educational purpose that dances serve? Why is this a controversy in the first place?

One thought on “Freak Dances

  1. I wouldn’t want my kids going to a dance that allowed lewd and lascivious behavior. Of course, I never went to any school dances when I was growing up. I thought they were a waste of time and money. My kids seem to have inherited my distaste for all things superficial and have never even asked to go to a dance.

    It amazes me that those who want to prevent teen pregnancy don’t see any problem with the sexualizing of public teen events. People need to realize sexual behavior begins with an idea before it becomes an action. Keep the overt sexualized behavior under wraps and you will go a long way to reducing teen sexual activity (as well as STDs and pregnancy).

    Don’t believe me? Who do you think is more likely to be sexually active, someone who is bombarded with pornographic images, or someone who has never seen a pornographic image? It’s a no-brainer.

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