Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Future Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders? Not!

While this was posted as "news of the strange" in San Francisco, I'm almost certain it's an issue being taken very seriously in Texas. Football and cheerleading go hand in hand and -- apparently -- lead to teenage pregnancies. Who knew? (So what does this mean for those south Texas moms who are permently training their cheerleader daughters? Less money on dance lessons?) Maybe having such a short legislative session in Indiana isn't so bad -- less time for our lawmakers to spend outlawing cheerleading routines.
Texas House OKs ban on sexy cheerleading
April Castro, Associated Press

Sideline booty-shakin' at Texas high school football games would be restricted to more ladylike performances from the cheering squad, under legislation approved Tuesday by the Texas House.

The bill would prohibit "overtly sexually suggestive" routines at school-sponsored events, giving the state education commissioner authority to request that school districts review performances.

"Girls can get out and do all of these overly sexually performances and we applaud them and that's not right," said Democratic Rep. Al Edwards of Houston, who filed the legislation.Edwards argued that lascivious exhibitions are a distraction for high school students that result in pregnancies, high school dropouts, contraction of AIDS and herpes and "cutting off their youthful life at an early age."

Bawdy performances are not defined in the bill, which was approved on a 65-56 vote."Any adult that's been involved with sex in their lives, they know it when they see it," Edwards said.

In a state known for its reverence of Friday-night football, Edwards said he filed the legislation after seeing too many ribald routines by young girls in his district.


At Wed May 04, 04:39:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Just, for what it's worth, when Debbie was doing Dallas, I believe there was a cheerleading uniform involved.


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