Originally posted by candicegetsdown:
Anyway, I really don't understand why anybody is acting all high and mighty anyway. You all know darn well in a concert dance company whether it is ballet or modern, that the men and women, whether gay, straight, or bi are constantly groping each other, hugging extra hard, pinching, patting each other on the butt, etc. We as dancers are very comfortable with our bodies and haven't it "handled" more readily than a non-dancer; that is probably why this behavior is so wide and open. It's only when we have to partner that we buckle down to business because our lives are in each other's hands and we want to put on a good show. But, in between . . . dare I say what really goes on!
Can I talk about road trips! Showmances, Friends in every city, Hotel hopping - - stairwell escape plans! Please . . . Don't get me started.
Don't want this site stuffy, heh? I'll keep it clean.
But, seriously folks, don't kid yourselves.
Hahaha... well, NOT!, actually. Sexism is not that funny at all. As for rap-music, and whatever companies do backstage or frontstage or under the stairwells... speak for yourself alone please.
Some of us are not happy with this rampant sexism in dance, and yes we are going to complain about it. If it's your "freedom of speech" to be a sexist under the guise of "art" and "culture" and "tradition" and "biological determinism", it is my "freedom of speech" to accuse you of being a sexist, and to point out why your arguments that it's "natural", it's "accepted", it's "a biological imperative" are flat-out wrong. Don't like it? Don't be a (pro-)sexist, and I will stop complaining.
Here is something I wrote a while back from my own anti-sexist perspective:
One of the reasons I enjoy dance as an art form is because dance made me realize that the human body can and should be used to express something other than the Jerry Springer binary of bodily expressions: body = "sex" and/or "conflict". In dance, the body is as expressive and articulate as any other communicatory medium. This realization wasn't just the result of an anti-scopophilic experience I had while watching dance, and realizing that dancers could do something other than just heterosexist pas de deux. It was something I felt in my own body while dancing myself at ballet-class. Ballet, that supposedly/actually(still haven't decided) most sexist of dance-styles, made me *feel* that "crotch activity" (for lack of a better description) in dance need not be sexual at all. It was a revelation to feel the stretching of my ligaments and muscles in and around my pelvis, a sensation that was so near the reproductive organs, yet non-sexual to the extreme. Once you've felt something like that, you can no longer look at bodies, or your own body, in the same shallow binary way as before. Ballets - or whatever Chouinard calls it - which advertise sex so blatantly and shamelessly to me signal a regression, as if someone is pulling me back into the shallow binary I just escaped from. http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=eae8129.0407020825.2f32b8e6%40posting.google.com&output=gplain
(this from someone who just downloaded a whole radio special on Eminem, has Eminem music, and listens to Greek hip hop and Dutch "Nederhop", which can get as sexist as American rap. I like this music because it's aggressive and funny, not because it's sexist. Unfortunately people can't keep these things separate.)