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    Default A Personal Feminist Theory of Belly Dance

    This is quite lengthy and I am still reading it myself. Would be interested to hear what thoughts this article inspires in other dancers.

    http://nadiadenov.weebly.com/a-perso...lly-dance.html
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    Honestly? At the risk of sounding unsophisticated and ignorant, it made my brain hurt. I can kind of see where the writer was coming from, but there were just way too many factors for me to take in all at once. I'm not trying to prove anything, I just want to learn and share this wonderful dance I've loved since I was a little girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farasha Hanem View Post
    Honestly? At the risk of sounding unsophisticated and ignorant, it made my brain hurt. I can kind of see where the writer was coming from, but there were just way too many factors for me to take in all at once. I'm not trying to prove anything, I just want to learn and share this wonderful dance I've loved since I was a little girl.
    Pretty much this. I consider myself to be at the very least "feminist friendly", being all for gender equality, etc, etc, blah, blah. But this article overthinks the whole thing, methinks. Makes my brain feel like its stuffed with cotton. And I'm always wary of anyone who quotes Buonaventura, but that's just me.

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    B-Buona-WHO? o_0

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    Well, thank goodness. I thought it was just my poor aging brain that couldn't follow it. To tell the truth, I finally gave up and was hoping someone could give me the Cliff Notes version.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farasha Hanem View Post
    B-Buona-WHO? o_0

    :/
    Wendy Buonaventura, author of 'Serpent of the Nile', a book notable for its creative approach to evidence (i.e. she often doesn't have any at all to back up her claims), and for presenting opinions as facts throughout. It's poorly researched, inaccurate, and propagates loads of myths, but gets quoted as if it's a reliable source all the damn time because she managed to get it published by a proper publisher and it's a pretty shiny book with nice pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roshanna View Post
    Wendy Buonaventura, author of 'Serpent of the Nile', a book notable for its creative approach to evidence (i.e. she often doesn't have any at all to back up her claims), and for presenting opinions as facts throughout. It's poorly researched, inaccurate, and propagates loads of myths, but gets quoted as if it's a reliable source all the damn time because she managed to get it published by a proper publisher and it's a pretty shiny book with nice pictures.
    It's a GREAT coffee table book.
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    Also if you soak the pages in a solution of sodium chromate, it will burn for hours with a lovely turquoise flame.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darshiva View Post
    It's a GREAT coffee table book.
    Not to be confused with a coffee table dance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorba View Post
    Not to be confused with a coffee table dance!
    It's a good job I wasn't drinking coffee or it would have come out of my nose.

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