This is stolen from a site I am a fan of on FB, and I was floored at the replies (granted, it could be due to the nature of the page itself) so I thought I would bring it here.
Here is the question copy and pasted:
Figured you guys may bite on this one as it has it all ~ cheerleaders, school rules, complaining, sexuality etc etc. If only I could have found a way to involve shopping carts......What Would You Do?: Your 1st grade son comes home from school with marketing materials & poster for NBA cheerleaders. The women also performed for the children during an afterschool program. Your boy describes the women as being "naked" and "in their underwear". Would you complain to the school?
We wouldn't. Our son has been exposed to a lot worse than the NBA cheerleaders in the mall here in Biloxi. He's also been to and will go to a ton of sporting events where the cheerleaders are present.
As long as he is taught at home that it's inappropriate to dress like that (for normal activity) then I wouldn't be worried about him seeing it even if it was a school setting. We're the kind of family that would eat at Hooters if the food was good though.
I also would not complain. People were getting all fired up, like "I'D GO TO THE SCHOOL BOARD! THAT IS DISGUSTING!" etc etc and it floored me.
I'm curious as to why he thought they were naked and then said they were in their underwear. He sounds confuzzled to begin with. Which is it?
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I'd want to know what the purpose of having the cheerleaders there was.....what type of afterschool program? Were they trying to motivate kids to be active? To read? What was the point, other than promoting the local NBA team.
Personally, I am sickened by the outfits our local cheerleaders wear-- there is no need for skirts that short or shirts so tight-- but everyone seems to casually accept it.
It just seems to be that our kids could be using their time better in school-- unless this program had a relevant, real point.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
Audra, the OP stated that it was an "afterschool program" but I don't know more than that as to motive/purpose.
I wouldn't complain either, assuming that the cheerleaders were wearing the sorts of things that professional cheerleaders typically wear (and not like, pasties and a g string or something. LOL)
We love going to basketball games and plan to take T when he is older, so I guess if I am okay with exposing him to NBA cheerleaders myself, it would be a little hypocritical of me to be mad at the school for doing it.
I can easily think of some great programs where NBA cheerleaders might be at the school. In DH's school district, they have a program where special needs kids play basketball with average needs kids, and they have intradistrict games. We went to one recently and it was wonderful!!!! Two of the high schools in the district played against each other, and there was a huge turn out - tons of kids and families and teachers showed up to cheer for those kids. Plus, Chris "Birdman" Anderson of the Denver Nuggets came and was the "Honorary Coach" for both teams, and some of the Nuggets cheerleaders (in full cheerleader regalia) came and cheered the kids on. It was a really special night, and I still get a little teary eyed thinking about how proud and excited all of the kids were.
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I might complain if it were part of the regular school day, but not an after school activity because I assumed you signed your kid up for that program as opposed to regular classes/activities.
I am not a fan of cheerleading. As I have learned from these debates, cheerleading it VERY regional and much more accepted in some areas. Up here in the Great White North, I'm not even sure where or how you would find a team to cheer for, so it isn't something we are exposed to (and I do think the outfits are trashy).
While watching our Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators we did notice that they had cheerleaders and thought that was funny. Those girls must have been chilly
If it is an after-school program, then I assume the parents should have known the activites occuring. If they disagreed, they could've found alternative care. I have no issue with cheerleaders or the out fits. I saw more skin in Vegas over the weekend then I have ever seen present on a cheerleader at any game I've watched.