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post #31 of 48
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I just realized that I have taken some formal dance classes, but that's not really the same I guess.

no, kwilk, ballet doesn't count.
post #32 of 48
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no, kwilk, ballet doesn't count.




What can I say, Lish is teh kink. She likes to see a dancing bear.
post #33 of 48
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What can I say, Lish is teh kink. She likes to see a dancing bear.

well-played, sir.
post #34 of 48

Well, as a middle school phys. ed. teacher I can tell you that my students are having a blast!  Many like that they are not grinding, dry humping and immulating some form of sexual intercourse!  Square dance does require listening and comprehension skills!  Where as the aforementioned dancing does not!  :p 

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Edited by BrooksLauren77 - 10/23/15 at 2:03pm
post #36 of 48
I have vague memories of this. I can't recall "having a blast" doing so. I generally abhorred group activities as I knew even then that I was better than my peers and destined for greater things.
post #37 of 48
Basically the reason middle schools had square dancing unit of phys. ed was to enforce heteronormativity on the youth put a lid on dat gender fluidity and whatnot.

True story: my gym teacher once told me I looked like a faggot. This was back in the days when such behavior was unremarkable to where would not think to file suit or anything.
post #38 of 48
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Basically the reason middle schools had square dancing unit of phys. ed was to enforce heteronormativity on the youth put a lid on dat gender fluidity and whatnot.


That's a good point, L'incsy. I hadn't considered that. I need to check my Square Dancing Privilege.
post #39 of 48
I can't tell you how disappointing it was to discover that L'inc actually did not start this thread
post #40 of 48
I actually did start the thread but then when it became a big hit j wanted to take the credit for himself.
post #41 of 48

Square/line dancing was not the weird part. (I actually liked it; had a crush on one of the girls...)  This was around 4th grade.

 

What I MUST have an explanation for is why--when we were sitting out and watching another group dance, we had to sit on each other's laps. I am not making this up. Half the time out, I would be sitting on a girl's lap. The other half of the time, a girl would be sitting on mine. We only did this when we were doing the dancing; never in any other PE activity, or on any other occasion. It had some connection with the dancing, but I cannot find any reference to a dance custom that involved boys/girls sitting on laps when sitting out.

 

Of course if the girl thought I was gross (which she nearly always did), she would sit clear out at the kneecaps, and with as little of her weight on my legs as possible. (Don't say it!) And being shy, I did the same because I didn't want to creep the girls out.

 

What the heck was going on?? (No, the teachers were not perverts; they were quite normal in every other regard. And they were highly regarded.)

 

This happened around 1974, fourth grade. The teachers were about 35 years of age at that time, so they would have gone through college around 1960.

 

(OK, now you can ask: No, nobody got pregnant.)

 

post #42 of 48
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Square/line dancing was not the weird part. (I actually liked it; had a crush on one of the girls...)  This was around 4th grade.



 



What I MUST have an explanation for is why--when we were sitting out and watching another group dance, we had to sit on each other's laps. I am not making this up. Half the time out, I would be sitting on a girl's lap. The other half of the time, a girl would be sitting on mine. We only did this when we were doing the dancing; never in any other PE activity, or on any other occasion. It had some connection with the dancing, but I cannot find any reference to a dance custom that involved boys/girls sitting on laps when sitting out.



 



Of course if the girl thought I was gross (which she nearly always did), she would sit clear out at the kneecaps, and with as little of her weight on my legs as possible. (Don't say it!) And being shy, I did the same because I didn't want to creep the girls out.



 



What the heck was going on?? (No, the teachers were not perverts; they were quite normal in every other regard. And they were highly regarded.)



 



This happened around 1974, fourth grade. The teachers were about 35 years of age at that time, so they would have gone through college around 1960.



 



(OK, now you can ask: No, nobody got pregnant.)



 



Please keep posting.
post #43 of 48
I had to do it in the higher grades of elementary school. This was in Los Angeles in the early 1950s. It just seemed kind of silly and stupid to me at the time:
!
"Now dive for the oyster, dive, now dig for the clam, now dig"

or

"Do-see-do your partners all..."

I guess the theory was that it was a wholesome way for youngsters of both sexes to interact.
post #44 of 48
I rather enjoy digging for the bearded clam.
post #45 of 48
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I rather enjoy digging for the bearded clam.

In my day, female pudenda were not likened to mollusks, they were likened to cute, furry little animals--"beaver," "pussy," "monkey."
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