Americans are weird

This week’s Facebook post offering tips about prepping for Husky cheerleader tryouts became a kind of Rorschach inkblot test of what college cheerleading is all about.

Though it made just a brief appearance on the University of Washington’s cheer-and-dance-team Facebook page Monday night — with guidance about what to wear to team tryouts — it was met with strong reaction from those who said it objectified women and suggested the ideal candidate is a beachy blonde, and from those who said the backlash was much ado about nothing.

The insistence seems to be that eye candy must not be eye candy.

21 thoughts on “Americans are weird”

  1. True, any sport that requires a dance troupe of toothsome wenches to make it watchable is a fundamentally crap sport.

  2. I like the “BODY DOs; BODY DON’Ts” section, as if your body shape cam be a verb.

    Do be young, athletic and attractive; don’t be a hefferlump. I’ll take the advice.

  3. Can 5 foot tall puny guys be quarterbacks too?

    Or is a certain physical look only at thing when chicks are involved?

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    We are not allowed to hurt anyone’s feelings any more. Especially if they have eaten themselves into a morbid body shape.

    On the other hand, the penis wants what the penis wants and so cheerleaders should be young, athletic and pretty.

    This is not a difficult circle to square. It just takes a lot of hypocrisy and otherwise general niceness. The problem with this video is that they were honest and hence verged into Mean Girl territory.

  5. Can we, rather than bellyaching about the iniquity of fifth-wave feminism or whatever, start redelopying the classic liberal response to this kind of nonsense? Which runs something like “If you don’t like it, no problem. No one is forcing you to do it. But why would you want to stop other people doing it? No good reason? Then would you mind kindly fucking off?”.

  6. King George Bush II was a cheerleader in his youth, wasn’t he? I think so but haven’t checked, so I’ll let someone else triumphantly check wikipedia.

  7. I fear, Johnnydub, that we are still only at base camp. Every time you think they are as far beyond parody as is humanly possible, they come up with some new total absurdity that no rational person could devise.

    Trigglypuff is rather special, one feels she’ll be the gift that keeps giving for a while. On Tim Blair’s blog, someone remarked that, at last, people were talking about the elephant in the room.

  8. @DocBud,

    True, but remember much of what we take for granted today was beyond the pale yesterday. That you could fuck a guy (or in a lot of places a girl) in the ass, for example, without going to jail for it. Or in the mouth – as is being discussed elsewhere. And we didn’t see liberals defending the – now blatantly obvious – right to fuck consenting adults up the ass until all that recently either.

    It’s why I’m torn on the tranny thing. It’s obviously being blown into a far bigger issue than it really is. And I can’t come up with a sensible, liberal utilitarian objection, to guys of otherwise sound mind being allowed to cut their own willies off (or get someone to do it for them). I have far more of an objection to them being able to subsequently call themselves girls. Wanting your birth certificate changed seems more symbolic of a struggle against reality than a struggle against oppression*.

    * (C) M. Python, AD33.

  9. Ironman,

    I think no such thing. I teach high school here in Thailand. We have ladyboy cheerleaders, and very good they are too.

  10. “It’s why I’m torn on the tranny thing. It’s obviously being blown into a far bigger issue than it really is.”

    True. If they left it alone, it would sort itself out naturally. Society is moving in that direction anyway. But when social change happens, the SJWs like to ride the wave. If they can provoke a reaction from the MPWs, they win.

    “And I can’t come up with a sensible, liberal utilitarian objection, to guys of otherwise sound mind being allowed to cut their own willies off (or get someone to do it for them).”

    Classic ‘Harm Principle’ stuff. “over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign”.

    “I have far more of an objection to them being able to subsequently call themselves girls.”

    They can call themselves anything they like. What they can’t do is force other people to do so. However, simple politeness, common decency, and the usual tactical considerations of being nice to other people so they’ll be nice to you, make it the right thing to do. If someone hates being called “Reginald” and chooses to go by their middle name, it’s rude and counterproductive to insist on calling them by the name on their birth certificate – unless you actually *want* to deliberately annoy them. You’re just being an arse. But it shouldn’t be illegal to do so.

    “Wanting your birth certificate changed seems more symbolic of a struggle against reality than a struggle against oppression*.”

    The issue there is that people commonly insist on seeing birth certificates to verify your identity. It’s not a particularly secure method, since the only two observable properties of your current self they can actually verify on it are your age (approximately) and your sex. Thus, it causes awkward questions if a man presents a birth certificate as proof of their identity that says ‘female’ on it.

    The problem could be solved by having separate “birth identity” and “current identity” documents. Of course, the government ID card proposals to fix this sort of issue were an illiberal nightmare, so people are stuck with what limited proofs of identity we’ve got.

  11. Perhaps it’s time to bring back the term eunuch. We can make the distinction between forced and (whatever the ones that choose to change want to be called) if necessary but at least we’d have a traditional word that actually works.

  12. Damn I wish I could edit.

    I couldn’t remember how to spell eunuch so I typed my best guess into (search engine). The first result was urban dictionary. To my surprise it said “you spelled it wrong, do you mean [this]?” The fact that urban dictionary kept it real means I now have to give them props. The leftist side of me, yes I am finally understanding what that means in non-American, was happy to see do gooders doing actual good. No tax money appears to have been wasted and a helpful language tip was promoted.

  13. Of course, the government ID card proposals to fix this sort of issue were an illiberal nightmare

    No, actually. The government ID _card_ proposal was pretty much fine. It was the National Identity Database that was going to sit behind it that was massively and horrendously illiberal. And, let’s be honest, given the government’s ability to cock up large IT projects, it would have been a fairly wimpy sort of nightmare for most of our lives.

  14. @ SE
    The plan to require everyone to carry an ID card at all times was an illiberal nightmare. All bikinis to have a waterproof pocket to hold an ID card? In those days I still did x-country with no means of protecting an ID card if I had to ford a stream and I dreamt of some NewLabour unteroffizier wandering onto a “Tough Guy” course and asking the mud-spattered, hence unrecognisable, guys and gals for their ID cards.

  15. “The government ID _card_ proposal was pretty much fine. It was the National Identity Database that was going to sit behind it that was massively and horrendously illiberal.”

    Can’t have cards without a database – so I was including that. But yes, I agree the database was the important bit.

    “All bikinis to have a waterproof pocket to hold an ID card?”

    🙂

    I think waterproof plastic cards would have been standard, even back then.

  16. I like that a person in a country that is run by emasculating women notes that some of that craziness leaked into American culture makes Americans “weird”. I think this makes it obvious Brits are living in denial.

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