More Than Short Skirts
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I tried out for the cheerleading squad in 7th grade. I was a shoo-in. I had been in gymnastics for years and would look fine in a short skirt. I didn't make it. I told myself it was because one of the judges had picked her little sister and her little sister's friends, and that's probably true. But really, I just wasn't cut out to be a cheerleader. So, I'm probably not the most objective source, which is why I surprised myself when I decided that the NFL would not be better off without cheerleaders.
I'm sure there are people out there who would want me to bring up the whole women- shouldn't-be-objectified argument. Others, that cheerleaders may not be the best role models for our daughters to emulate. I couldn't help but think about the former Colts cheerleader turned radio personality, who is now doing commercials for a local plastic surgeon about her successful breast augmentation. And as far as the actual cheerleading goes, I have yet to see any real successful leading of cheers. In fact, these attempts are largely ignored during the games.
However, there are plenty of reasons why I think cheerleaders are a necessary part (I almost wrote necessary evil, but I decided to be nice) of the NFL. For one thing, cheerleaders give male fans something to watch when their team isn't playing well, a happy diversion. And women NFL fans already have plenty of men in tight pants to watch, so that's only fair.
In all seriousness, it would not be fair to judge the cheerleaders based on a stereotype. The NFL cheerleaders are a diverse group of women. They are, for the most part, young and beautiful, but many are also highly educated, sophisticated individuals. I'm glad times have changed enough to look beyond the short skirts.
Part of the atmosphere of going to an NFL game is the cheerleaders. They're a part of the noise and the background. The experience wouldn't be the same without them. They also attend public relations functions outside of the games, which help promote the NFL. And, they're part of its history. I can't stand the Dallas Cowboys (sorry Cowboys fans), but it's impossible to picture the Cowboys without the Cowboys cheerleaders. All this and they only make about $50 a game.
If that weren't enough, according to my husband there are four things men love: beer, food, live sports and women, and the NFL combines all four. Maybe the MLB should think about adding cheerleaders to its payroll.
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