Ladies Wax Artistic

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[In Melt, a performance by Noémie Lafrance, wax drips off dancers' bodies as they hang on a wall under the Manhattan Bridge. New York, Sept. 2-12. Image via Animal New York.]

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"Eight dancers perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes are slowly melting away, progressing in euphoria and exhaustion as if approaching the sun, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light."

If that's really what the piece is all about, why only female dancers? Wouldn't a mixture of male & female better evoke humanity? Or is this just an arty striptease?