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Belly Dancing Mommas: Challenging Cultural Discourses of Maternity
Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules (2011)
  • Angela M. Moe, Western Michigan University
Abstract
I’m waiting backstage. The last minute checks… Shoes? I can’t bend down far enough to reach them. Hip scarf? I can’t reach across far enough across myself to adjust it. Veil? If I turn around to ensure it’s draped correctly, I’ll bump into and move the stage curtains. Warm up hip shimmy? No need. I’m always warm nowadays. My time is close, in more ways than one. The music, and the flutter in my belly, serve as reminders… I’m 26 weeks along and I’m still dancing. I’m proud of myself. I enter the stage feeling voluptuous and ripe...what as odd and unexpected empowerment. It takes just a few seconds for her to join in. “I can feel you, Baby!” She wiggles. “Are you dancing too?” This is our duet. Nothing else matters.
Publication Date
2011
Editor
C. Bobel & S. Kwan
Publisher
SUNY Press
Citation Information
Angela M. Moe. "Belly Dancing Mommas: Challenging Cultural Discourses of Maternity" AlbanyEmbodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/angela_moe/21/