Edson Juarez's 'So You Think You Can Dance' Story Brings Up An Important Gender Inequality Issue

Alright guys, it's time for some real talk. During Monday night's episode of So You Think You Can Dance, the judges finally announced the Top 20 dancers of Season 12 — the Top 10 Stage Team dancers mentored by Travis Wall and the Top 10 Street Team dancers led by tWitch — and it was awesome. But something even more important happened. The series brought up an important, necessary conversation topic involving gender inequality. We always talk about how women deserve to have equal rights which is absolutely true (being a feminist myself, I will fight for this until I die). But what also needs recognition and change is something Emma Watson brings up all the time: How gender inequality affects men. Newly minted Top 10 Stage Dancer Edgar Juarez shared his story about dance, and showed that men face issues of gender inequality all the time, especially men who are dancers.

As Juarez was waiting his turn to go down the dreaded "Green Mile," he explained his background and what dance meant to him. In his culture, he explained, there is a level of machismo that is almost required in men. Juarez stated that because of this feeling of needing to showcase masculinity, he was actually not allowed to dance until he was 19, and even then it was hard as people in his culture looked down on men dancing. Guys, this kind of attitude makes me so ridiculously sad. It's sad to think that people can't accept a person for doing what they love because it doesn't fit some kind of unwritten gender standards that have been instilled in cultures around the world for centuries. Juarez is an incredible dancer who is clearly born for his passion, and I can't wait to see what he can do on Travis Wall's team. I'm so glad that he's willing to show his culture that he can break stereotypes in the best possible way.

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