Although, due to the cultural & religious views of the nations from whence the art of belly dance originated, orthodox-traditionalist views regarding the art reserve it solely for performance by women. Respectably acknowledging this fact, we should still consider 3 major arguments to controversy: A. These views were founded so long ago that many of the reasons for the views have progressed, been tempered or altered or abandoned over time. B. Male belly dancers in the US were not brought up exposed to, or minimally so, the cultures that even maintain current, fading or completely lost ideals as this, thereby having no influence on their views. C. Belly Dancing is an art form, and all art should be allowed to be experienced by whomever (regardless of gender, race or whatever) should desire it.
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