As the working conditions of NFL cheerleaders have been very bad for a long time, the NFL should do away with having them, infers Margery Eagan of The Boston Globe. Their pay, without benefits, is minimal, particularly when compared to that of football players or even mascots. This is highly unfair, since most of them have years of ballet or classical dance experience. Overly restrictive guidelines on things like etiquette and hygiene also go too far. Cheerleaders are constantly objectified and ogled by spectators. They feature in music videos that are often demeaning. Baseball, basketball and hockey don’t need cheerleaders, neither should football.
The talk of banning NFL cheerleaders among some women’s rights advocates is misguided and overly sensitive, asserts John Sexton of Hot Air. Like other jobs that involve nudity or performing in front of others, it is a choice many women make themselves. They are aware of the conditions or they wouldn’t stay in these kinds of jobs. In the past, conservative criticism of cheerleading was dismissed by the sex-positive movement. If cheerleading is no longer appropriate, then occupations like modeling, waitressing at places like Hooters, working at a strip club or any type of pornographic work would also fall under this category.