Intro to Women's Studies 2010

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Short Skirts and Breast Juts: Cheerleading, Eroticism and Schools by Pamela J. Bettis and Natalie Guice Adams (2006)


     The article Short Skirts and Breast Juts: Cheer-leading, Eroticism and Schools is a controversy article. That discusses cheer-leading and how it is not only perceived but sexually perceived in our society. In this article it talks about a controversy over cheer-leading skirts in a school district and girls being banned from wearing their uniform to school.The reason behind it because there short skirts were to distracting to the young men in the classroom. The article stresses that these females have made their sport to “sexual” in a community that is wholesome and bringing that “sexuality” in will corrupt the whole school.

   My opinion of the article is that I find it degrading to these young women that these young men can not be civilized around them. To be quite honest these young men can’t have any self-control that they have to punish these girls. Those girls earned those uniforms by hard work, dedication, and perseverance not by being a sexually active slut in her school or a distraction to boys. Do you see these young ladies becoming distracted when the football or baseball players wear their jersey to class? Why not punish these young men for showing their hormones in class?  It seems to be completely wrong and obscene to punish these young ladies for taking pride in their sport by merely wearing a skirt.

   It interest me that writer said the school was said to be “wholesome” and “has high morals” but yet don’t take pride in such a wholesome sport as cheerleading. By letting these girls be free in what they choose to wear to school that shows high morals to me. I feel as though if the boy can not control their hormones punish them, teach them, and show them it is not acceptable in any form how they react. Do you think in the future an employer will change the uniform or dress code just because a man can not “keep it in his pants?” I don’t think so either due to the fact that its honestly something you just have to control. In conclusion I find that the article was bias to women in cheerleading and that it felt it was coming from more the males perspective in dealing with the cheer skirts.

2 thoughts on “Short Skirts and Breast Juts: Cheerleading, Eroticism and Schools by Pamela J. Bettis and Natalie Guice Adams (2006)

  1. The New York Times states that cheerleading is the fastest growing girls’ sport, yet more than half of Americans do not believe it is a sport. In addition, they fail to distinguish between sideline cheerleaders and competitive ones. Sideline cheerleaders’ main goal is to entertain the crowd and lead them with team cheers, which should not be considered a sport. On the other hand, competitive cheerleading is a sport. ..

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