Confession: I love Beyonce. All the way back to Destiny's Child. So it is with some excitement I share this video as part of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to get you dancing as a form of exercise. Nietzche put it best: Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?
Tom Philpott, who originally posted this video at Grist believes there's also a solid policy basis in Beyonce's foray into kids' videos. "A mounting body of research suggests that the practice of sitting around all day — which for too many people starts in school and continues into a life toiling in a cube farm — is extremely hazardous to health. That said, I have to add that I wish the First Lady and the pop diva would launch a campaign to defend PE classes, which across the country are being sacrificed to appease the False Gods of Fiscal Austerity.," he writes.
But are there gender politics on display?