What kind of culturally engendered role expectations do people have, when women have persisted in increasing awareness and resisted to be able to do the things they want to, but now do not allow men to do the same?
Uploaded by SuhailaBellyDance on A clip of Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat belly dance troupe in the early 1970's. The clip features Ricky's performance including finger cymbals and floor work.
Uploaded by wangfang226 on Edward Yao at Tianjin Sitong Bar. Tribal Bellydance and Yoga Fusion. Video taken by Weng Weng.
"Like People in Prehistory" by Kitty Kohl (via Asharah)
2. "Bellydance is a dance created by women, for women" (Excerpts)
“Artistry in belly dance is clearly not the responsibility of the pelvis alone, but the counterpoint of torso, arms, shoulders, hands, head and feet. Women in Labor rarely play zills, or for that matter, smile.” (Dox, 2005; 325)
"There is a major difference between males and females; females can give birth, which means that they have different internal reproduction organs and the interior dimensions of the pelvis are different. There are a number of small differences between the male and female pelvis, for example ridging on the ventral arch of the pubis, the development of a sub-pubic concavity and a ridge on the inferior pubic ramus. Most notably however, the sub-pubic angle (the angle at front of the pelvis, where the two halves of the adult pelvis meet) is wider in women than in men (Mays 1998: 34 – 35). This means that the acetabulum – the socket that the head of the femur sits in – sits a little further out from the centre of the body in women than in men, which means women’s hips appear wider, and there is a slight difference in gait. However, that is all that is different. Women and men have the same musculature, and men are able to produce the same movements as women, they just look a little different, as do all movements on all individuals. In addition to all of this, there is so much more the belly dance than what our hips do...
The Middle East, still being ‘other’ to the West is now a land where we can paste on our spiritual and social fantasies, instead of our sexual ones (though that undoubtedly still exists) and so the image of the Middle Eastern dancer is no longer just that of a lovely dusky maiden, but of a liberated and spiritual woman. Even though the reality of the Middle Eastern dancer is still that of a woman making a living in a dangerous world, where most people will shun her for her career, and where she is likely to be cut off from her family because of it."