I can’t help myself, I have to comment about the Tango-L discussion of gender roles. There is a very vocal contingent that believes it isn’t Argentine Tango if a woman is leading. Some of the leaders who take this stance say that a woman who leads will drop to the bottom of his list of potential followers. That’s sad, because many of the women-leaders I know are hailed by local leaders as excellent followers, as well.
Another anecdote from the weekend: In the middle of a song, I gently switched our embrace and started leading. One or two times around the (very small but not crowded) floor, we switched back. I couldn’t do much more than walk, and it felt very rough around the edges, but it was fun! I may not have aspirations to lead often, but it seems odd to completely close off that part of the dance the women who are interested.
Would these same people have a problem with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake? Well, they might, but they would be missing out on a masterpiece: