Richard Cohen's most recent column
talks about twerking, and suggests that it constitutes "real" rape. Cohen opens by quoting from the Wikipedia entry on twerking:
I discovered from Wikipedia that twerking “involves a person, usually a woman, shaking her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer to shake, ‘wobble’ and ‘jiggle.’ ”
The first thing you should know about the so-called Steubenville Rape is that this was not a rape involving intercourse. The next thing you should know is that there weren’t many young men involved — just two were convicted.
Cohen wasn't the only one to weigh in on twerking. Humorist Teddy Wayne caught flack this weekend by satirically writing in the New York Times on
how to discuss twerking to your parents.
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.
Needless to say, it probably didn't sound very good. Head over to the article in the link below and weigh in on what you think. Is twerking really so provocative that it causes rape? Richard Cohen won't be the last to think so, we're sure.