Chus Martinez On Daggering

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Daggering is a form of dance originating in the Caribbean. The dance incorporates sexual and other forms of frantic movement.

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It is a more explicit version of grinding and perreo and often features acrobatic stunts where one partner leaps from a height onto the other dance partner and then commences to engage in exaggerated simulated sexual intercourse.

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The activity of “daggering” has been present in Jamaica’s dancehalls for many years, but only recently has the term daggering become widely used.

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It has been argued that it’s roughly the equivalent of the Caribbean’s “cabin stabbing”, another style of music and dance.

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Reggae historian David Katz attributes the recently gained popularity of daggering to a series of dancehall music videos and artists that promoted the style.

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Controversial YouTube daggering videos spread the craze worldwide.

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The spiralling popularity of daggering led the Jamaican government to take the unprecedented step of an all-out radio and TV ban on songs and videos with blatantly sexual content.

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The Jamaican Broadcast Commission defines daggering as “a colloquial term or phrase used in dancehall culture as a reference to hardcore sex or what is popularly referred to as ‘dry’ sex, or the activities of persons engaged in the public simulation of various sexual acts and positions.” Therefore, “There shall not be transmitted, any recording, live song, or music video which promotes the act of daggering or which makes reference to, or is otherwise suggestive of daggering.”

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Dancehall singers are up in arms over the ban, saying it stifles their right to free speech and cultural diversity.

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After allegedly seeing many cases of damaged penis tissue, Jamaican doctors issued a warning about the dangers of daggering. They claimed the resultant condition could lead to permanent damage to the male sexual organ.

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The Jamaican Star even reported doctors as saying that the number of damaged penises they were treating had risen dramatically.

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Andrei Laskatelev argues that historically numerous dances have been banned (the belly dance, the tango, the waltz etc.) and that it is just a matter of time before the ban on daggering is lifted.

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