So as an English Student travelling to study for the year in America, it seemed likely that there were going to be a few cultural differences. Most people that I’ve met here in America have tended to have the common preconception that Brits are polite, prudish and posh tea-drinkers: the reality couldn’t be further. The average British student will regularly drink to their hearts content (remember the drinking age is 18 in the UK), one night stands are common (we after-all do not share dorm-rooms at university) and contrary to popular thought, not everyone in the UK has the typical posh accent as produced in films such as “Harry Potter” (sorry to disappoint). But still, I feel as if I am playing up to the prudish stereotype by confessing my fascination and incomprehension of the phenomenon of grinding which seems to pervade throughout America.
This act first came to my attention at the beginning of the fall term. I had an instruction by a girl 2 years younger than me on how to “grind”.
“So do you know how to dance” she asked me, I proceeded to tell her that sure,I know how to bust a move or two, “No, but do you know how to really dance” she repeated, placing a further emphasis on the latter word. “Basically what you want to do is give a guy a hard-on, just move your hips from side to side and grind, you can even bend over if you want to.”
Well well well fellow readers, I’m sorry to say that I was quite shocked at this socalled “educational” talk, what on earth would I want to give a random strangera hard on for in a room full of strangers? I presume she’s only 18, she must be exaggerating or simply getting a little too excited. However, by and by, I make myway to Frat row, and girls are being “caged” against walls in Frat houses whilst men proceed to be “ground” on.
As I enter the room, I am able to spot fellow international students easily (they are the only people dancing in a circle, not grinding). I guess I wouldn’t have been so surprised if not for the public nature of this American style of dancing. By all means ladies and gentlemen, get your “grind” on, but I’d love to know how this developed into such an open display of raunchiness?
So dear readers, I apologize for my prudishness, but I simply have one question, why does no one dance anymore?! What happened to the days when people pop and lock, or failing that at least churn out the sprinkler move. I guess after living in America for seven months, I still haven’t culturally assimilated. The idea of the melting pot I guess takes a bit longer in some cases.