Revisiting The Rudeness Of Hot Gossip

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A Twitter conversation has made me revisit some of the sexy Hot Gossip dance clips on Youtube, so I thought I’d post a couple here.

Hot Gossip were a dance troupe in the 70s and 80s who became famous via the Kenny Everett Video Show. They were also incredibly RUDE. At least, that’s what I thought when I was 10. I wrote about the experience in 2007 – read about it here – and posed the question: was it a bad thing that I got to watch suspender-wearing women dancing in a sexy way when I was young?

I don’t think it was. Yes, it shaped my idea of sexiness but I was never made to feel about about enjoying it. So it was never a problem and it’s now a fond memory for me.

I’ve recently written about the moral panic of “sexualisation of children” and I feel the urge to add a bit more to this in light of “the Hot Gossip experience.” To whit: it seems to me that those making a fuss about “sexualisation” automatically assume that a childhood awareness of sex and sexuality is harmful. But that’s a big call to make and I don’t think it’s backed up by any evidence.

And really, is it so bad for a young person to see a Hot Gossip or a raunchy Lady Gaga video and to find that experience sexy?

* Another thought: the ABC is repeating old episodes of The Goodies from 1972. The episode entitled “The New Office” sees Bill putting up a poster of a topless woman on the wall. The poster remains visible for the entire scene. Interestingly, while the ABC censored some bits of the show when it screened at 6pm weeknights (usually when they said “Get Stuffed”), the poster was never censored or blurred. Contrast this now with the censorship of nude photos from art exhibitions because “kids might see them”.

One Reply to “Revisiting The Rudeness Of Hot Gossip”

  1. Oh. My. God. Kenny Everett and the Hot Gossip Dancers. Now that’s a trip down memory lane.

    It seems to me that some people make the assumption that “sexuality” is like a light switch and that as long as it’s not flipped (by seeing the image of a woman’s breast for instance) then everything is fine until we reach 18 or some other arbitrary age where suddenly we become fully fledged sexual beings able to handle the emotional roller-coaster of young adult sexuality and romance (without any education, or support).

    The reality is that growing sexual awareness happens even in an environment that is free of sexual (or even Hot Gossip “suggestive”) imagery. It’s a bit like the “whack a mole” game. Push sexuality down in one place and it pops up in another (such as a foot fetish, because that was the only naked part of a woman’s body that a boy ever saw – true story from a friend of mine).

    Alternet recently ran an article about firearms education in US states like Texas. The NRA (National Rifle Association) are big supporters of _everyone_ being educated in how to safely handle firearms from a very young age (which makes sense in a state where 50% of homes have guns in them) and they even provide free education material.

    Texas coincidentally has the least sex education for children (compared to other US states). But as the article concluded, 100% of households have genitals in them. So why isn’t education in their “safe handling and use” equally important?


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