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ERIC Number: EJ852335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Considering the Issue of Sexploitation of Young Women in Dance: K-12 Perspectives in Dance Education
Clark, Dawn
Journal of Dance Education, v4 n1 p17-22 2004
Young dancers, girls most particularly, are subject to subtle and not-so-subtle messages of exploitation based on sex. What are the implications for dance educators who are trying hard to advocate for dance and who are trying to encourage appropriate pedagogical practices? Due to the hegemonic pervasiveness of "objectifying" dancers for entertainment as encouraged by the media, costume catalogs, and other sources, educators need to pause and consider their assumptions and practices. The issue of "sexploitation" is more critical for women in dance due to pervasive cultural beliefs and to the fact that more women are involved in dance than men. This article considers the issue of sexploitation of young women dancers, examines the role of educators, parents, the media, and the public in the dance education of children, and examines the notion of appropriate practices in dance education and performance. It is intended to challenge increasingly blase attitudes about what is developmentally appropriate for children in dance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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