You may have seen that a couple of dancers at Tennessee-Chattanooga were benched for complaining that their shorts were too short. Good for them (actually), and, wow, nice going, Chattanooga athletics (not).
We have cheerleaders and dancers. Fine. I think they’re dumb and pointless and incipiently misogynist, but we have them, and we’ve had them for a while, and they’re not going away. And their prime function is to be cute girls on the sidelines in case the game isn’t worth watching. (Yes, that is their prime function. No, they do not lead cheers. No, it is not a sport. Yes, you are merely lying to yourself.)
Less blond, still appallingly handsome.
But, even if we have accepted that, we can still draw a line. Cheerleaders are supposed to be attractive. This does not mean they have to dress like street-walkers. And they shouldn’t, because that makes a bad thing worse. We don’t have to return to Sandra Dee poodle skirts and sweaters, but the USC Song Girls don’t dress like prostitutes, and I think everyone is on board with their vibe. There are places other than football games to see women take their clothes off, if that’s your thing.
And, hey, sportswriters? It’s not cool to insinuate that cheerleaders are skanks anyway, so that no one, least of all the cheerleaders themselves, is allowed to complain about the outfits.
In other, way better news, Fernando Torres seems to be less injured and scored two against Chelsea at the weekend, so as a good conduct prize we’ll spot you a photo.
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