This introduction touches on themes that recur throughout the book, exploring the binary concepts of sexuality and gender often present in Western society and others, whether they stem from conflicting scientific studies or essentialized notions prevalent in popular culture. Starting from the perspective that gender and sexuality are social constructions often realized in performance, examples focus on concepts and stereotypes that relate to masculinity in the dance world, especially those of “choreophobia” (ambivalence about dance as a potentially negative force), homophobia, and the related concept of “effeminophobia.”
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