thanks forthese links, basheva - and i agree that they are both interesting and informative.<P>i would like to select out just a couple of bits - for people who may be weary of reading all the links we've had on this case:<P>this rings true to me, and is appropriate, IMO:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The (SFB) school's published criteria states: "The ideal candidate is a healthy child with a well-proportioned, slender body; a straight and supple spine, legs that are well turned out from the hip joint, and correctly arched feet. The child should also have an ear for music and an instinct<BR>for movement." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>and, regarding the child's mother:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A self-described radical feminist, she is politically savvy and seeking to make a point about the ballet world's obsession with thinness. <BR> When she was 21, Mrs. Keefer founded a feminist dance company...In the mid-'80s, she started another company, Dance Brigade...(whose Nutcracker) was not a fairy prince but a South African freedom fighter, with dancing mice as CIA rodents. <BR> ...Mrs. Keefer...says she is looking for "justice" and for "a change of consciousness. We're all weight-obsessed and these are the institutions that perpetuate that." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>i am getting curious now to see what size and shape Mrs Keefer is!<P>sorry!<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The San Francisco Ballet Assn.'s managing director, Glenn McCoy, says ..."We frankly feel it's tragic that this little girl's mother has dragged her into the spotlight where people are publicly critiquing her body." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>it really does sound as though she is using her daughter, at this tender age, to battle on her own personal issues with society....i wonder what this daughter will make of this, when she hits her teens....!?<P>forgot to say, basheva: great title - well done!
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