I too was disturbed by the impact that the cartoons would have on my
beginners. In particular, I have a very hard time convincing my SCD
students at Swarthmore College that they will have a good time
socializing with other members of the community (and they are almost
*all* older than the college students :> ).
If one of my young female students saw a poster that presented SCD as
an activity where old men stared at the chests of young women, for
example, I know I would have a very difficult time convincing her to
attend a social.
But even worse would be that my students might think that the SCD
community at large believes that a poster like that is somehow
humorous. This leads to the conclusion that behavior like this not
only occurs on the dance floor, but is considered funny.
from another piece of this thread:
> I have failed to see any significant influx of young dancers > going to dances.
I you want to attract dancers of any age, you have to make them
comfortable. One of the things that makes the young women in my
classes *uncomfortable* is the (rare, thank goodness) leering and
staring male at a ball. It is one thing to have something like this
happen and have support from a community that clucks disapprovingly,
agrees that the behavior is a shame, and helps fend him off during
tea. It would be another thing entirely if we put up posters
suggesting it were funny.
Our branch probably has over twenty dancers under the age of thirty at
a given ball. If you are not getting results like this, please
consider that everything you do and say communicates a message, and
try and figure out what messages you are sending that might affect the
age of your attendees.