Leadership and Sexuality
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Leadership and Sexuality

Power, Principles and Processes

Edited by James K. Beggan and Scott T. Allison

Although both leadership and sexuality are important and heavily researched topics, there is little work that addresses the interaction of the two areas. Leadership and Sexuality: Power, Principles, and Processes is a scholarly synthesis of leadership principles with issues related to sexuality and sexual policy-making. The authors’ multi-disciplinary analysis of the topic examines sexuality in the context of many different kinds of leadership, exploring both the good and the bad aspects of leadership and sexuality.
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Chapter 11: Does the “zipless dance” exist? Leadership, followership, and sexuality in social dancing

James K. Beggan and Scott T. Allison


Partnered social dancing (such as swing, salsa, and waltz) represents a form of serious leisure that has a close connection to issues at the intersection of leadership and sexuality. Within the tradition of social dance, roles as lead or follow are assigned purely on the basis of biological sex, with men leading and women following. Conformity to these roles represents an at least tacit acceptance of gender stereotypes, with men perceived as agentic and decisive and women perceived as perceptive and accommodating. Despite the close contact inherent in social dancing, many dancers adhere to the belief that dancing, while intimate, does not possess a covert, let alone an overt, sexual component. In this analysis we explore the plausibility of this belief and examine its implications with regard to the romantic and social lives of dancers.

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