Posted by: codiefrank11 | April 6, 2014

Our Younger Generations — Is there a ceiling to break anymore?

I stumbled across this video a few minutes ago and thought of the progression of women being equal to and more qualified than men. 

This video shows a 6-year-old girl completely owning and winning a breakdancing performance against a much older boy. http://www.superstarmagazine.com/six-year-old-girls-epic-dance-performance-destroys-opponent/#

With what we’ve talked about in class about future generations being more open and accepting to the idea of equality, this video definitely shows that idea in action. This girl who is younger and smaller than the boy dances exponentially better than him and hypes up the crowd as well. Although dance is seen as a more feminine art form, hip hop and breakdance are seen as stereotypically masculine. Right there are another wall added to women prospering in this field. We’ve also discussed the feeling of guilt some women experience in their positions among men and how they sometimes must wear masks or hats to prosper in their respective field.

However, this girl shows complete authenticity and passion for her art in addition to not being reluctant to show her best. And what’s more, the crowd and young boy are supportive of her accomplishment against winning against her opponent.

Could this show the future of our society, with men and women being able to be active in the same field and be determined successful based on their skill rather than their gender? Can this be the destruction of a glass ceiling in action? 

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Responses

  1. This video is a spark in demonstrating skill set and overall talent over other factors that are not as important such as age and gender. For me, first looking at this video, I did not know it was a little girl against an older boy. I saw this video a few months back and was just appalled at the younger contestant’s abilities. The older boy clearly had skills and as I was watching him I remember constantly thinking about the fact that younger contestant might not be as good because of age. Women, and the young, have broken many barriers on what we think they are capable of. They are constantly bursting through glass ceilings and the expectations that have been imposed onto them from previous generations. In class, we stress the importance of focusing on skill set. Because of this new outlook, I appreciated the young girl for her skill set regardless of her gender. Sometimes, we have the tendency to say “she’s good for a girl” however she would exceed the same expectations if she were a boy.

  2. I think anyone who watches this video will recognize that this girl is clearly talented. I hope that no one says “she’s good for a girl” as Camille mentioned it is popular to say. The crowd recognized the talent of the girl, but I believe it was more in the form of “look at the talent of that young dancer” rather than “look at the talent of that girl.” I think the novelty of the dancers’ ages played a larger role in how much their talent was celebrated than their gender. In my opinion, the glass ceiling starts to form at an older age and in more professional roles.

  3. First off, this is completely adorable.

    I think it’s important to note their age. Not because I think their age limits their ability or skill, but because I wonder how much that has to do with the fact gender doesn’t seem to matter I agree with Katey’s point, many people are impressed with the age of the dancers, not the gender. Like we’ve been taught since we were children, hatred isn’t something you’re born with, and neither is bias. I wonder if because these children are so young, they simply do not see the world in terms of gender stereotypes? I know when I was six I wasn’t thinking about how men had more opportunities for leadership positions; I was probably thinking something along the lines of “boys have cooties.” I think this also goes in line with the ban bossy campaign that has been getting so much attention lately; at what age do we start to see gender biases?

  4. I agree that this is a completely adorable video! However, I question if it truly says anything about the younger generations, or if she is just a young girl who hasn’t been socialized into the norms of being a typical woman yet. Ideally, it would be awesome if she grew up to be this confident and passionate throughout the rest of her life and into adulthood! But I know that a lot of younger children just don’t understand what they’re doing, and it is older women and adults that are the ones who need to act more confidently towards their successes. However, I think that if this little girl is praised by her parents for acting that way when winning, she will grow up to be proud of herself. It is all in how her parents respond to the situation and if the girl is told that the behavior is okay or not. But I love this video and I think it’s an interesting topic and a great find!

  5. I agree with Martha that there age does come into play with this. Once you get older, the hip hop field takes on new ideas of how women can be good and how men cane be good. Like on a lot of TV shows and movies, it appears that in order for girls to feel like they can win in dance battles and other things like that, then they need to be sexy and be moving their butts all around in order to be successful. But with guys they do not feel that stigma, and it is more about how hard they can hit the moves and things like that. It may not be a spoken word, but it is very visible in the media and even at dance events at CNU. At this point, I don’t think we are close to being on the level that men and women can be successful in this field in the same way. They can both be successful, but it is more by women feeling that they almost need to demean themselves in a way (not entirely, but people like Nicki Minaj feeling like she needs to twerk in every music video to seem good at dancing) will prevent men and women from being on the same level.

  6. First of all this is so adorable and incredibly impressive.

    Second, I’m not sure if this really means anything towards the glass ceiling. Don’t get me wrong, it is awesome that this girls’ family encouraged her to dance like this and that she has the talent to do this, but I highly doubt that she is dancing trying to break social norms. That being said, I do think the glass ceiling is breaking regardless. Maybe this dancing does symbolize that, but I think it can be seen just because our generation has a different mindset than those before us. I know I don’t worry about being looked over just because I’m a women.
    I agree a lot with Hillary in saying that it will depend on how the parents respond to her. If they encourage her and let her be whoever she wants to be, we will continue raising women with self-confidence who can make a difference. I hope this isn’t like the statistic of women wanting to be President, however. In that, they want to do it when they are younger, but as they grow up they lose interest. Hopefully this girl will always pursue her dreams, no matter the field.

  7. I am a believer that breaking the gender gap starts with educating today’s younger generation on the gendered views that can still be seen in society today. I too, think that it starts with the parents and how they choose to highlight this to their children. I was surprised at how confident and sure of herself the girl seemed. She didn’t seem meek or hesitant in any way, despite the fact that she was competing against mainly all other boys. Mask-wearing didn’t seem present at all because she completely owned it. I think this is definitely a step in the right direction because it shows a girl owning her talents unapologetically. However, I’m also not so sure if this necessarily exemplifies destruction of the glass ceiling. Although I definitely commend her actions and think it definitely shows progress that the boys were even very supportive of her, it is just one example that doesn’t necessarily relate to the majority of most breakdancers’ views. A lot of it may depend on her views as she gets older, as she grows more into herself, and whether or not she decides to continue on with breakdancing in the future.


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