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Twerking is nothing new. The provocative dance became part of hip-hop culture in the 90s when it was adopted by the New Orleans bounce music scene before being made popular by the strip clubs of Houston and Atlanta.
It has its roots in west Africa and was also popular in the Jamaican dancehalls before making it to the US.
Typically, women find ever more frenetic and acrobatic ways of "presenting" their bums, buttocks, booty (was just on the b's) to their male dance partners.
It has been claimed as an expression of women having power over their sexuality. This feels harder to swallow when it's a large part of the uber-masculine club scenes in Jamaica, west Africa and in some forms of US hip-hop