Bellydance is meant to show the movements women are able to make, so of course I know it's going to be sensual. If a woman can't even walk down a sidewalk without a guy stepping behind her to watch swaying hips, I know they have no chance when movements are done purposefully. I wouldn't say it's sexual though unless it's in the privacy of ones room and doing some kind of strip tease to it, or getting your ass in their face lap, or accidently popping a boobie out, or have no underwear, or go down on them....etc. I've seem a lot of enamored looks, but unless they are drunk (which I refuse to dance in bars with drunkies) they have never come off looking like they were setting up camp. NOW if really stupid dancers were to allow someone to touch them while dancing, I can possibly see the scene changing, but that is a dancer I don't ever want to associate with. Personally, I entertain to all ages by keeping my performances playful and light, but I won't deny it doesn't have a sensuality to it that comes with being a woman and a flirtiness that comes when gaining the attention of your audience. GOD I hope I never see one ripped out.
Actually the beginning of bellydance for women originated they think in temples for women by women, then eventually for birthing and family get togethers, then to street performing, then to restaurant type atmospheres. Men developed a lot of their style dancing in the farms. The canes you sometimes see dancers used weren't meant for walking but for farming. The hook would dig a hole by twisting it. Bored boys with toys. It's how it always starts eh?