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An appropriation head-desk: twerking.

I just came across this on Facebook. Video below:

So my first reaction was an eyeroll about the fact that all the women in the video seem to be white. Then I read the caption at the link — "Choreographed twerking — this is new & interesting." Ahem. So. Twerking is just this rogue, disorganized, "primitive" form of dancing that has been "elevated" by organized groups of white women doing it (poorly)? Where have I come across this narrative before?


Oh, right. Throughout the history of American pop culture.

ETA: Tell me if I'm kneejerking too hard on this. I'm just growing increasingly frustrated with everything.

ETA2: The comments on the article are a really exciting little sandbox for a multitude of issues concerning sexuality, also.

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