April 29, 2014
You Got to Be Kidding Me
From the invaluable Catherine Rampell:
Then there are all the other really bizarre, often retrograde requirements that some teams have to regulate not only the cheerleaders’ professional appearances and performances but their private lives as well.
Here’s a selection of rules from the Buffalo Jills’ handbook, as published on Deadspin. It includes an entire section titled “General hygiene and lady body maintenance,” quoted here with typos intact:
“Do not be overly opinionated about anything.”
“When menstruating, use a product that right for your menstrual flow. A tampon too big can irritate and develop fungus. A product left in too long can cause bacteria or fungus build up. Products can be changed at least every 4 hours. Except when sleeping, they can be left in for the night.”
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 29, 2014 03:08 PM
Not at all surprised at the intimate hygiene emphasis. Nor at the cheapskate wages. I've always assumed that these jobs are sought after because they offer a young lady the chance to meet large numbers of young millionaires. If I'm right, crap wages are beside the point and keeping the equipment fragrant isn't.
Think domestic abuse here and, as with domestic abuse, ask cui bono. Intrusive physical regulation is a means of demeaning the cheerleader to think of herself as a subordinate member of a household with no recourse outside it -- not as an adult citizen with direct access to support from civil society and the laws on wages and working conditions. Abuse, expressed as discrimination or otherwise, is perpetrated for the abuser's benefit.