NFL cheerleaders rise up to challenge labour woes

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Jian speaks with Slate writer Amanda Hess about what she calls the "dual exploitation" of NFL cheerleaders, who often have to submit themselves to excessive body scrutinization while working for low wages.

Hess talks about how cheerleaders are now rising up and demanding better working conditions. But are they being heard?

"When I first started writing about this, I had just come across an advertisement for auditions for NFL cheerleaders for the Washington Redskins," she said.

"I saw that they were paid $75 a game which I thought was ludicrous, so I started asking cheerleaders about it."

Hess said she found that cheerleaders would be fined for minor infractions such as showing up to practice without the right yoga mat, or showing up four or five pounds overweight, and that many were participating in unpaid charity appearances.

"The issue is that...a lot goes into [their training and preparation] they work out a lot, they diet, they put lot in their hair and makeup and that they need to be reimbursed for that."

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