A NY Times Writer Associates “Twerking” With “Lower-Income African-American Women”

09.03.13 5 years ago 6 Comments

Every child dreads this day: sooner or later, your parents will come to you, innocently wide-eyed, to ask you about twerking.

Explain that twerking is a dance move typically associated with lower-income African-American women that involves the rapid gyration of the hips in a fashion that prominently exhibits the elasticity of the gluteal musculature.

They will reasonably wonder why Miley Cyrus, who is white and wealthy, does it at every opportunity. Patiently respond that, for Ms. Cyrus, twerking is a brazenly cynical act of cultural appropriation being passed off as a rebellious reclamation of her sexuality after a childhood in the Disneyfield spotlight.

Full Story: NY Times

Why would, “twerking,” be associated with a race or income class? I’m pretty sure women of all races and economic status have done, “twerking,” or some sort of shaking of the assets.

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