Also, many professional male dancers tend not to identify as heterosexual – perhaps because society’s obsession with promoting ridiculous standards of masculinity discourages straight men and boys from entering a profession traditionally considered “feminine”.
Regardless, surely the BBC should be focusing more on promoting values of progressive inclusivity, rather than “traditional” (read: conservative) ones.
should move towards featuring “same-sex couples” (their punctuation, not mine). At the time of writing this, however, “yes” is in the lead – but it’s close: only 52.94 per cent for yes to ‘same-sex’ couples.The furore around “same-sex couples” featuring on , a staple of the BBC in which pairs of celebrities and professional dancers compete, is not a new one.Even if young viewers are curious about why two people of the same sex are dancing together, the answer is very straightforward: “That person is a girl, and she is dancing with a girl because that’s her choice.” How better to empower children than to let them know that their choices are valid and listened to?The BBC may think that there’s little point in mixing up one of their most popular shows.As Widdecombe essentially argues, the formula seems to work, so why take the risk?
In the show’s 15-series history, there have been remarkably few LGBT contestants, and no out trans contestants.
For the rest of us, who like the costumes and the music (and the footwork, for the more cultured), who’s dancing with who really isn’t going to make a difference.
And, to those people who argue that it isn’t a big deal and they don’t know what the fuss is about: cool. If it isn’t a big deal, then it won’t matter if it changes.
There’s no shortage of media representation of straight, cisgendered people, so maybe they can take our word for it when we tell them this matters to the queer community.
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In fact, in the show’s 15-series history, not once has a “same-sex” couple appeared, despite a number of queer dancers featuring.