(formatting is messing up so hopefully it works this time)I'm actually really pissed off at Netflix for this TBH.
As someone who's been involved in dance in one form or another since the 80's, you can go to any professional or even non professional dance show and see similar moves performed by girls this exact age if not younger. Over sexualization of girls in dance has been an thing since I was 9 and remember there being a big to do about another group doing hips thrusts to Push It. Or at 11 when I was told my body was too proactive for ballet. (Remember a few years ago the controversy about 8 year olds dancing in bras and spankies to Beyonce?) Is it all of them? No. But it is enough that if I had a daughter I'd have to seriously vet any dance company she studied with, should she choose to dance.
I could google a dozen videos of similar performances, and while they would be at a distance, don't think for one second that there aren't close ups just like this video.
Anyone interested in the actual plot of the movie here it is:
This is not showing dancing proactively as being sexually empowering. Quite the opposite in fact.
Yep. I hadn't watched the film but decided to because of this thread and what you wrote here. I wanted to see for myself.
I am kind of sensitive to too much fucked-up-ness about sexuality so I was worried--like American Beauty was really disturbing to me and I had to walk out of the movie theatre instead of finishing the movie Kinsey.
But it wasn't that bad--I cried several times. I think it's a good movie and it was well told, and I agree with you that the message definitely isn't that sexualizing girls is empowering. It's actually very moving and well made imo.
I can see how some sick nasty pedo might think differently, but it is NOT soft core porn. It's social commentary about what kind of influences young, probably especially poor immigrant, girls face. Being caught between western capitalist pressures and the pressures of constricting traditional gender roles.
I was thinking the same thing at first--about how there are so many influences that are putting that kind of pressure on young girls, and usually people are just like "oh they are just cute kids" etc. when you see a dance number that you're like really? And this movie goes past that and also just the abhorrence of the violation of the traditional viewpoint, and focuses on how it affects the actual young girls lives, and their perception of it.
So yeah I totally agree--this movie is social commentary that criticizes the sexualizing of young girls. It actually opens up a dialogue rather than it being "oh how cute!" or stupid qanon bullshit.
Attacking it as promoting abusing children is basically shooting the messenger. It's bringing up the issue of how these influences affect young girls rather than just falling back into treating girls like cute objects that should be dressed up by adults (either through the influence of pop culture and how we treat women, or literally in whatever parents think is appropriate for a girl to wear according to their desires for her expectations as a woman).
It was certainly uncomfortable to watch at times, but it treated the topic with dignity, realism, and respect. I think it was well made though perhaps there are things they could have done differently. idk