‘I don’t want to be a slave’: The feminist backlash to the women’s ballet flats
Breitbart News is reporting that a recent report by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found that women’s performance and performance-related work is being undermined by a “sexist, homophobic and transphobic culture”.
In the report, released on March 10, 2016, the EHRC found that “women’s ballet has been a popular, high-profile form of leisure entertainment for generations and is recognised as an integral part of a woman’s life.”
The EHCR, however, noted that this “cultural bias” is not confined to the UK.
“Women’s ballet can also be a popular form of entertainment for other cultures around the world, but it is not always acknowledged or valued as an essential part of women’s leisure activities,” the ERC noted.
“The EHSC does not believe that the performance of ballet is inherently gender-based or gender-normative, but that it is problematic and is seen as a ‘sexist and homophobic’ practice.”
The EHR also points to concerns that ballet is perceived to be an unsafe and dangerous sport and that it can have a negative effect on children’s health.
The EHR concludes that the cultural bias against women’s participation in dance in the UK is a significant obstacle to women’s access to the arts.
“The EHMRC’s report was released just one day after the UK government announced that it was scrapping a law which had restricted the number of dancers allowed to perform in women’s dance competitions.
The move came after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the law had discriminated against women who are “disproportionately represented in the dance industry”.
The EHCR found that, although it had noted the need for the law to be reconsidered, “the government’s decision to end its policy of banning women’s dancing was not justified by the interests of equality, gender equality, or gender equity in the arts and dance.
The government’s policy is based on a failure to understand the impact on women of the law, the negative effects of the ban on participation in the industry and the negative impact on children.
“The UK’s dance industry is expected to generate more than £1 billion in revenue by 2023, according to the EHMCR, which said the law “created a situation where, in practice, it was no longer possible for the industry to attract and retain top-class dancers and entertainers.