This Morning Viewers Outraged After Programme Features Pole Dancing Children
After long being the domain of the exotic dancer, pole dancing has become a fitness phenomenon, with thousands of women and men joining classes to improve their health.
But it's not just adults partaking. Tuesday's This Morning has come under fire after the programme ran an item about whether pole dancing was suitable for children, featuring three girls - eight-year-old Tilly-May and Timea, and 11-year-old Mia - demonstrating their poll skills.
Psychologist Emma Kenny was not impressed and argued that it has 'connotations to something far more salubrious', and she was not alone in her thinking:
And there were some who pointed out that the clothes which the girls were wearing weren't appropriate for their age either:
However, not everyone was of the same opinion:
Tilly's mother Lisa Grosse said that her daughter started pole dancing after being bullied at school over her weight, and hasn't 'looked back' since:
She likes to challenge herself, so why not? There's a pole in the playground they play at, they climb up it, they spin round it and down. What's the difference?
Pole dance instructor Zoe Hardy added:
I want to say it's not sexualising children, and they should go and try it themselves and see the strength and stamina they need. It's pole fitness not dancing.
But Kenny also referenced the girls' clothing, saying that the 'outfits seen in the studio today [are not] resonant of childhood.'
So readers, what do you think? Is it acceptable for children to pole dance, or do the connotations which it holds make it inappropriate for people so young?
You can watch the full interview below: