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With this as a prime example:
- He’s not asking for a dancer, he’s asking for a ‘female’ which is a dehumanizing way to refer to a women
- He’s specifically asking for someone for the Middle East, which is evidence of the same fetishization and objectification we talk about on this blog
- He’s not paying. Your hundreds & thousands of hours of practice and hard work or hard earned money for your costumes are worth getting paid. ALWAYS. Unless the event you’re invited to is for a charity event you want to help out, get paid. Not only are you worth it, but you’ll be harming the business opportunities of other dancers by undercutting.
These are big warning signs, so up-and-coming dancers learn to avoid this kind of ‘job offers.’