Friday, June 5, 2009

Watch out for the dagger!

Ok so it isn't really a post about a knife but a really explicit "dance craze" sweeping some parts of The Caribbean.

Daggering, also known as "Cabin Stabbing" is the term used for a sexually charged dance popular with some music video stars (must confess it's been about 14 years since I saw a music video!) and night clubs in Jamaica and other parts of the West Indies.

I read an article about it the other day. Reporting a massive increase in injuries such a "broken penis" not sure how you break something that isn't a bone but whatever it is it sounds painful.

If you are game, you can see hundreds of You Tube clips showing what this daggering dance is all about. Just search "daggering". I am having all sorts of Internet issues at the moment and Youtube is one of the websites I can't open so I'll leave it up to you.

Daggering is causing so many problems in Jamaica that Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission has passed a law banning all public broadcasting of anything to do with daggering.

“There shall not be transmitted through radio or television or cable services, any recording, live song or music video which promotes the act of ‘daggering’, or which makes reference to, or is otherwise suggestive of ‘daggering’.”

I read a Jamaican article about it here, there are concerns that this ban is inhibiting the right to free speech. Those against the ban on daggering say that this law will only lead "daggering" underground thereby further enabling the Jamaican underground economy.

Obviously being the prude that I am, I am never ever going to get down and dagger but I must say censorship is not something I'm really into. I'm all for mums and dads censoring left right and centre to protect their children but public censorship worries me.

What are your thoughts on such flagrant censorship?


  1. I agree. I think parents should be able to do as they wish to shelter their own children, but public censorship should not happen. Where is the line going to be where they decide for us what we can and can't see? The problem is that there is always going to be some old fuddy duddy getting their knickers in a twist about something, but that does not mean it should be banned.

    In some cases, such as child pornography, obviously something should be done, but I would still like to see those sites monitored and those that view the sites and run them possible charged.

  2. It's the job of the parent, not the big brother government to censor what our children see.

  3. I did the youtube search for daggering just as you suggested. Although I've never heard that name before, I know what it is. That is exactly how every American teenager dances at their high school dances. It's not a big deal. It's just something we do. It's how we dance these days.