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  1. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Just to clarify, I didn't think you were suggesting that. But I did think you (and Olga, in responding to you) were suggesting that it was unlikely he was guilty because of his sexual attractiveness. I'm sorry if I was mistaken — that's why I hoped Olga might clarify, because I knew it was possible that I was.
  2. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Kathleen's definitions above correspond with how, in my experience, the terms are most typically used. I've most often heard the term "sexual harassment" in the context of workplace sexual harassment; I've most often heard the term "sexual abuse" in the context of sexual abuse of children (which is often physical in nature, but, as the definitions above note, not exclusively); I've most often heard the term "sexual assault" in the context of sexual violence perpetrated against an adult. That said, some of these terms can and have been used in other ways. I suspect that at least some of the disagreements in this discussion are rooted in those variations. It's useful to keep those variations in mind when considering the various views that get expressed.
  3. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    And there are plenty of conventionally unattractive people who find at times that others want to sleep with them, for any of a variety of reasons. It's really neither here nor there, as far as I can tell, whether a particular alleged perpetrator is attractive or unattractive. That tells us nothing about the likelihood, plausibility, or verifiability of a specific alleged incident.
  4. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Point 1 may be incisive, but I don't understand how it's pertinent to the topic of sexual harassment, sexual assault or physical assault allegations against Martins.
  5. Nutcracker 2017

    I trust Tiler Peck, as an intelligent artist, to know whether she's getting something valuable from her coaching by Watts.
  6. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I don't find the comment itself to be odd at all, really, but I do find the fact that he left a comment to be odd.
  7. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    We don't know what the exact context of that quotation was. “There was no HR, no protection, nowhere to go to,” she says. She could very well have been talking about in the company. (In fact, the start of the sentence suggests that may be the case.)
  8. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I hope this doesn't mean that, if NYCB's next AD is indeed a choreographer, we can expect him or her to stagnate and get worse! How many decades of increasingly bad Wheeldon or Millepied ballets could we possibly stand??
  9. Yes — though that is not, I believe, a medical term, whereas pedophilia (or pedophilic disorder) is. In other words, the latter is considered a psychological disorder, whereas the former is I think more an issue of law and morality. Big difference, and not just in terms of semantics. That's not to suggest that a propensity toward sex with minors might not itself be an indicator of underlying psychological disorder — just that it is not, in itself, a primary indicator. I'm by no means an expert, but that's my understanding of the issue.
  10. Pedophilia is typically defined (including in the DSM) as sexual attraction to prepubescent children, not simply sex with a minor. There is a big difference, in terms of the psychological ramifications, between the former and the latter — which is not, of course, to suggest that either is acceptable. This term has been misused throughout much of the general public (i.e. non-journalistic, non-professional) commentary on the Levine case.
  11. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    Don't know — hopefully someone good!
  12. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I completely agree. I found the YAGP video of the White Swan PDD, from a gala performance, ultimately unsatisfying. Though I own it, and though Part is among my very favorite dancers, and though I already miss her (and never felt she got to dance enough even when she was with the company), I rarely watch it. It's a good performance, but it doesn't move me in at all the way her live performances so often did.
  13. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    Three performances with the Fadeyev Ballet (directed by the Vaganova-trained Yaroslav Fadeyev) in Port Washington on Dec 22-23; tickets available here.
  14. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    From her comment, it sounds to me like she wants it to be understood that she did not in fact "retire" when leaving ABT. Like many others, then, I eagerly await any news of what might come next for her (beyond the few SPFs she has scheduled for December on Long Island, I mean).
  15. 2018 Met Season

    Wish we were seeing this this summer: