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Watch this Senior High School Girl as she shakes her backside in a twerk dance.

To twerk is to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squat stance. But twerking is also about redefining whiteness in a queered millennial era. Recent cultural appropriations of this African American dance by mainstream media shows how twerking might be misjudged as trash and degrading for women. Confronting some countries like France and the United States on this topic allows a cultural and post-colonial understanding of big black butts.

An American bounce rapper legend called Big Freedia once explained that "twerking is an ass-shaking dance from the New Orleans projects". The term appears in street language in the ate the 1990s in New Orleans with the rise of the local Southern hip-hop known as ‘bounce’. Although the term itself seems relatively recent, Argentinean and black Brazilian artist Fannie Sosa explains that twerking as a performance and aesthetic genre could be seen as related to a history of diasporic dancing practised during the triangular trading system of slavery in the seventeenth and eighteen centuries and subsequent post-colonial contexts.

Check out how a girl was sported doing the twerk dance.

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