A popular dance in Jamaica faces restriction by the government after being blamed for a spate of broken penises, said media reports on Wednesday.
The erotic dance style known as “daggering”, features couples simulating dry sex in various positions to the beat of the music. The steps generally include extreme gyrating, heavy pelvis-thrusting and daredevil leaps.
According to media reports, couples have taken the dance moves to the bedroom with disastrous results.
The warning against the dance came from Jamaican doctors, prompted by being presented with a range of fractured penises caused by rough intercourse. The number of cases have tripled in the last year. Jamaica’s government, concerned about the dance’s growing popularity and public protests, has now banned ban songs and videos with blatantly sexual content.
Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission, which defines daggering as a “colloquial term 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”, enforced the ban in February.
“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’,” the Jamaican Broadcasting Commission’s official statement said.
“daggering” is just a new name for an older dance style that has existed for a number of years in the Jamaican dancehall music scene. Jamaicans are apparently divided over the dance and the subsequent banning of the style – with some musicians saying it restricts free speech – but others support the government ban.