She deals with people that are idiots all the time trying to hit on her or oogling her. (I'm not always there to stand in the corner and look like I'm ready to kill someone) There are plenty of guys that go to see this stuff just b/c they like looking at girls more than they do dancing... you can tell those places b/c of who they hire: girls that just look good and can't dance. Fortunately she has found places that want actual performers in addition to someone just looking cute
No offense Xaraan, but calling anyone who gets turned on by a belly dancer an idiot is kind of bullshit. I understand she is your girl, and Alima is an artist and very talented dancer, and I quite like her as a poster, but Belly Dancing is all about being sexy... hence the elaborate but extremely revealing costume. To denigrate someone because they find that arousing is like denigrating someone because they find a cheerleader arousing.
I can appreciate the talent, the creativity, and the discipline required to becme a belly dancer, or a cheerleader, or a hula dancer, or whatever... but at the end of the day its still just a sexy scantily clad chick shaking her money maker...
I mean I dig and respect you both, but don't make more out of it than it is.
This does not mean I support guys acting like douchebags around her, hitting on her, whistling, and cat calling, but to say that anyone who watches her and gets turned on is an idiot, or that they should be watching the dance, not the girl, is just kind of... well.... naive. It's the girl thats dancing. The only reason I would ever watch a belly dancer, is because I find the activity very sexy... pretty sure that's what the entire thing was based around in the first place...
And frankly, if I was watching a belly dancer and the chicks boyfriend was sitting there glaring daggers at all the dudes watching, trying to look all tough and threatening... I would simply never come back to that establishment. It would be like going to an ice cream parlor with awesome flavors, but the entire time you eat it some asshole in the corner is calling you a fatty.
EDIT: Nevermind, I misread what you wrote... you were specifically talking about the handsy rude assholes... not people who just get turned on... my apologies.