We've probably all heard or read the stories of men practicing with men in the early days of AT, because there weren't enough women. It is equally true that in the early days of the frontier West in the US, men danced the woman's part, thus being "heffer branded", again because there weren't enough women to go around. One day I will post the picture of what to me are West Coast Swing dancers in Bakerfield, CA in the 50s with a "cowboy" band (probably western swing) supplying the music. There two women dancing together. My mom and her sisters used to dance together. Again, the husbands, boyfriends, etc, didn't dance, so there was a shortage of men. At the country western place some of the women I know have begun dancing together on occassion. I don't think anything of it. But that's because I know them, and I know that in general they prefer to dance with men. They just don't want to sit out certain songs/dances. If I see women I don't know dancing together, I am less likely to ask them to dance, just like Mario; because you just don't know. Hard to believe, but there are women who don't much care for men. Yes, it's good to question things. But when you come to the conclusion that there are good reasons why men and women have different roles in dance, and other aspects of life, and that in reality men lead in dance, and women follow, I see ample justicifcation for not using the neutered terms lead and follow, which my dictionary says are both verbs, not nouns. Well, except for "lead n. A soft, bluish-white dense metallic element..." I find it amusing to read Western academic papers where the authors unwittingly act as cultural imperialists, projecting their views that gender roles are a social construct on other, more traditional cultures. There was a generation of parents in this country who gave their sons and daughters "the same opportunities" and found that they choose different things to play with and acted differently. Scientists are now confirming that there are differences between males and females that even extend to what parts of the brain are used more frequently. One thing that I wish would change is that women ask men to dance more often. What's up with waiting for the guys to ask? Now that's change we could use.