After finally reading the writing on the wall, dead journalist walking Laura Sessions Stepp took the Washington Post's buyout offer. The long national nightmare was finally over.
Or was it?
A quick gander at today's Health section led me to a brand new Laura Sessions Stepp article. In typical LSS fashion, the story was about something that most alarmist news outlets had covered back in the 20th Century.
Oh for Pete's sake.
Stepp even admits to writing about freak dancing back when in 2001. So, why is it suddenly newsworthy? Because Dancing with the Stars is teaching young women (with preteen girls being specified) that there are different ways to dance sexy while still maintaining an air of mystery.
This is stupid. You know how it takes two to tango? Preteen girls can learn to tango all they want. They'll need a partner who needs to know how to dance as well. And I'm going to hypothesize that not too many preteen boys are that interested in learning how to tango or waltz.
The worst part is that Stepp is advocating physical education programs that teach "acceptably sexy" kinds of dancing (like swing). Swing dancing is acceptable. But teaching kids how to do the Electric Slide in step with "popular hip-hop songs" is not. The Electric Slide solves nothing. Isn't the point that kids want to dance with a specific partner and not a room full of people?
Actually, who cares what the point is. It's the Electric Fucking Slide. Why doesn't LSS go the whole nine yards and suggest the Macarena as a way for kids to rhythmically express themselves? No one should be doing The Electric Slide. Ever.