I can’t remember where I read it, but maybe the book, MGMs Greatest Musicals, where there was a statement, true or not, that mostly women went to Gene Kelly movies in the 40s and throughout his heyday. Men did not see him in the same light as in a John Wayne or Humphrey Bogart movie. I can imagine this to be true during those times and I know Gene always fought the stereotype that liking or participating in dance was somehow less masculine. He always wanted a broader appeal and worked to create dances of strength with more “masculine” movements. Great article.