News+Politics October 22, 2010
Cheerleading - Do We Need It?

This week alone, an 11-year-old girl from Nebraska was booted off her cheerleading team for refusing to shake her booty and gyrate her pelvis, and then, in Texas, a 16-year-old girl was forced off her cheerleading squad for refusing to root for her football-playing rapist. People, this is absolutely nuts. How can we allow these kinds of things to happen in school systems?

To quote 11-year-old Faylene, "I don't like it that people are just staring at my butt and it has nothing to do with cheer leading or football." When a child displays better judgement than an adult, we've got problems as a society.

I recognize that the athletic ability and gymnastic skill is impressive and legit. It's the act of cheerleading that I have a problem with. An activity that has women in short skirts leading cheers on the sidelines of a football field feels antiquated, objectifies and over-sexualizes young girls.

If you disagree... Bring it on... (ha)



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