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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Ban cheerleaders

And here we thought only Republicans were God-fearing ideologues. Think again. Wonkette reports:

"The state of Texas, birthplace of sexy cheerleading, continues its efforts to ban it: Yesterday, a bill passed the House and now it moves on to the Senate. Its sponsor, Democrat Al Edwards, thinks unprotected cheerleading leads to "young girls being pregnant in middle and high schools, dropping out of school, having babies, and contracting AIDS and herpes." So in a way, a law against suggestive pom-pom twirling is probably a pretty fair compromise, because if Edwards finds out it's actually sex that leads to all those things, who knows what legislation he'll try to enact?"

UPDATE: Al Edwards offers his unique definition of sexually suggestive cheerleading: "Everyone has their own ideas about what a sexual movement is. But if you're an adult and you've been involved in sex, you know it when you see it," Edwards said.

6 Comments:

Blogger Binnsy said...

Unprotected cheerleading... wtf?

They want them to do the human pyramid in a suit of armour fitted with a chastity belt?

Thursday, May 05, 2005 8:15:00 pm  
Anonymous michael said...

"And here we thought only Republicans were God-fearing ideologues".

Hardly. Al Gore's wife Tipper was one of the founders of the Parent's Music Resource Centre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PMRC and even Hillary Clinton has recently begun to call for a rethink on women's right to abortion.

Almost all US politicians are God fearing ideologues. I wonder how long we have to wait for the same thing here.

Thursday, May 05, 2005 8:25:00 pm  
Blogger David Heidelberg said...

Gee, you wont read that on Tim Blair's blog.

But you can bet 20 million, it would have been in bright lights on his front page if a Muslim had said it.

Thursday, May 05, 2005 9:08:00 pm  
Blogger Rex said...

I had some thoughts myself of the matter back in early April.

What is happening to America? It's frightening.

Friday, May 06, 2005 10:53:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed, the Democrats are frequently more absurd than the Republicans. Yet more evidence of the bankruptcy of the two party system? Bush vs Kerry? Puulease. What a choice, two leaders tied to the corporate dollar and keen to expand, rather than reflect, on the war on terror.

Friday, May 06, 2005 11:09:00 am  
Anonymous ooteenee said...

I would have thought it the other way round, that men would be encouraged by cheerleaders to behave in the wrong way.

So in the danger of associating myself with this US bloke, I have my own point to make. I'm not all for cheerleader (I find it tacky and boring)but I'm not against it either, but what concerns me is the merger of young dancers and cheerleaders. A number of times now I've seen 12 year olds going out in skimpy cheerleading clothes with provocative cheering routines then thats a bit far . Its like encouraging men to perve on their daughters. If girls a that age is going to go out and perform at an event, then the organisers should be sticking the dance rouines it with a dance school rather than parading them about as cheerleaders.

Sunday, May 08, 2005 8:58:00 pm  

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