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Then there’s the message the modern day cheerleading performances send to modern day girls and young women. With so many females participating in competitive sports, what kind of statement does it make to show women serving the male team this way, as if the job of men is to do the Elite Youth Brandon Graham jersey real work, and the job of women is to cheer them on?Read more from blogger Susan Milligan.]

Still, the grievances of the Buffalo Jills, the cheerleading squad attached to the Buffalo Bills, are legitimate and they are long overdue for some Elite Kids Brad Smith jersey kind of justice.

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No, the women don’t have to be cheerleaders. They can choose professions that pay more and in which they are treated with more respect. But that still does not make it acceptable to treat these women this way. Perhaps the cheerleaders enjoy the attention of being Elite Kids Byron Maxwell jersey a Jill; perhaps they are aspiring dancers or Elite Kids Brad Smith jersey TV personalities and know that being a Buffalo Jill is something useful to put on an entertainment resume. But that doesn’t make it OK to demean and exploit the members of the squad, anymore than it’s OK to force college graduates to work unpaid “internships,” simply because you can find someone else who will do it Elite Darren Sproles jersey willingly. Labor and wage laws are there for Chuck Bednarik jersey a reason, and that’s to prevent employers from abusing workers who, for whatever reason, really want a particular job.

The Jills have suspended operations since the lawsuit, perhaps to intimidate the cheerleaders or create a pretext for replacing them. That’s no different from other companies that have threatened plant closures or other retaliation to force workers into line. Ideally, we’d abandon this backward idea of professional team cheerleaders (the exception being the genuine athletes and gymnasts, female and male, who now so impressively perform at college games). The second best thing would be for these women to unionize, league wide, and demand not only payment for practices and games, but workplace standards that don’t make sexual harassment a part of the job. The NFL players have a union, so why not the cheerleaders?

Eleanor Roosevelt may not have been the image of an NFL cheerleader, and may not even have endorsed their existence. But the cheerleading squads can take Authenitc Youth Brad Smith jersey a powerful lesson from her: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Several of the Jills are making that point right now. Their colleagues elsewhere in the league should follow.

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