Album Covers: Xuxa’s Lambaixinhos

(Last Updated On May 30, 2020)

A reader submitted these covers for consideration. These are the album covers (front and back) for a dance music release produced by the Brazilian television host Xuxa as part of an audiovisual series aimed at children. Unfortunately, I do not read Portuguese and am not completely sure about the background of this release.

Xuxa – Lambaixinhos (front cover) (c2000)

Xuxa – Lambaixinhos (back cover) (c2000)

The interesting thing is that it portrays children dancing (presumably to the music). The presence of the children is appealing and is aimed at that age market, but these images do bring up the question of the ethics of children imitating adults. Like most music of this genre, it is sexually suggestive and children were probably taught do perform the dances convincingly. Also, children who learn dancing at an early age can become quite skilled and well express the joy of the activity (they make it seem effortless). The ethical question, as is often the case, is two-edged: what kind of adult activities should children be allowed to emulate and at what age? and are children at the age shown really all that naive about matters of human sexuality as expressed in their culture? Does “the Queen of Children” go too far in this portrayal?

8 thoughts on “Album Covers: Xuxa’s Lambaixinhos

  1. The question of what is or is not appropriate is a difficult one. The reality is while children do learn and emulate, a lot of their behaviors we might consider inappropriate are in fact instinctual. It’s part of our biological makeup as sexual beings. We’ve been over this terrain before and I won’t belabor it.

    Rather, I will ask why children should be disallowed from behavior or dress or whathaveyou that is inappropriate, and, if so, why? Sooner or later the answer always comes down the same: to protect them. Adults might see this and have impure thoughts. Okay, well, humanity is full of impure thoughts. What matters is whether they are acted upon.

    If we say children simply cannot make these decisions for themselves, and adults cannot be trusted to restrain themselves, then they must be restricted and forbidden.

    If you find that valid, take a moment and replace every instance of the word “children” with “women.” And suddenly we have the precise justification for sharia law and other religious restrictions on women. It’s to “protect” them, because men cannot be trusted to restrain their passions. We in the west generally believe men damn well better restrain their passions, and the onus should not be on women who are otherwise “asking for it.” Agreed?

    If so, then how does it differ with children who should not be restricted in exploring their bodies and sexuality etc, but instead it’s adults who should be expected to be…well…adults, and to not act on whatever inappropriate thoughts they may be having.

  2. Children always emulate whatever adults do. It’s just their way to learn. So the question “should children be allowed to emulate …” is completely incorrect. Disallowing children to emulate adults would be deprivation of their core needs.

    The only thing under our control here is giving them a good example to repeat, not a bad one. The dance must be beautiful, the age of dancer does not matter.

    • “Do as I say, not as I do”
      Yes, I put things simply partly because I am often in a hurry and partly to keep it simple. Of course children are meant to emulate their elders in due course. They have a natural propensity to do so and adults also do their part to encourage it. In tribes and small villages, there is always a chorus of adults to emulate when one’s biological parents are obviously lacking in some way. In the modern nuclear family, this is not so easy and I can’t help but wonder what kinds neuroses or misanthropic behavior emerge when the young lack decent models. I think that is why the quote above was created; we can all fall victim to certain weaknesses which we do not want to pass on to our offspring and so what do we do when we cannot serve as a good role model?
      You gave a very sophisticated response and I thank you. I thing you are ready for the advanced course! -Ron

  3. I’m from Brazil and in the lates 80’s and mids 90’s Lambada was huge. This album contains the greatests hits of that time sung by Xuxa and some of her hits. The dance was suggestive, but no one would think that kids dancing in that way was sexual suggestive. Others kids bands and singers would bring the Lambada to children’s records like Trem da Alegria (Lambada da Alegria and Lambada Danada). Kids wear back then used to be short for both boys and girls

  4. Your question is deeply disturbing; not in itself but because it challenges so much of our culture. What should children know about sex and when should they know it? What should they then do with what they know?

    Many cultures have evolved with essentially no sex taboos. Ancient Egypt was one, and there is much in their civilisation that could be emulated. This idea was celebrated in a 1960 science fiction novel by Theodore Sturgeon, wherein he asked the rhetorical question “when are they old enough to do it?”, and received the simple answer “when they are old enough to do it”.

    At the other extreme, some cultures have tried to control human sexuality so viciously that they genitally mutilate their children; and in my view if any crime deserves the death penalty, that one does. The US is just such a culture, the only one in the West, and it is no coincidence that it is vehemently anti sex: sex is something to be hidden in shame, or exploited for profit, and children are innocent unless and until they become sex toys for the rich and powerful.

    So this question is a minefield perhaps best avoided in this forum. My own opinion on the matter should be clear, but it is not one I can in good faith advocate here.

    • I see that you too think of things in an advanced way. Your revelation is almost genius in its simplicity. The reason things are not simple, however, is largely due to the existence of civilization. In tribes (which are presumably illiterate), the rules of sexuality are known to everyone; there’s no need to codify anything. What people fail to take into account is how much civilization has affected our behavior. We did not evolve to live in such large, dense groups. The automatic reaction to this phenomenon of “The Human Zoo” [coined by Desmond Morris] is to have stricter rules as a means of protecting the next generation and mitigating the decay of a working social structure. I am loathe to blame any one institution in particular (although the Church is a popular target) because it was inevitable that some kind of rules had to be put in place. So the real question is: how do we protect our children from the legitimate hazards of sexuality as it pertains to physical, emotional and interpersonal health while, as much as is practicably possible, allowing our children to develop with a sense of empowerment and self-possessed expression that minimizes destructive neuroses in the process? And, is it possible to enjoy the benefits of some order of civilization while doing so? -Ron

  5. As I can understand (my command of Portuguese is limited) the back of rhe album mentions the songs in the album. I can identify some classic lambada and bossa nova songs there.
    I had never seen that album even though Xuxa was known in Mexico too. Her songs had got some versions in Spanish but I do not remember to have watched this album in any CD store.

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