Amazingly Yahoo News has finally published something about the double standards where women are concerned without completely failing. The title of the article on the Yahoo home page is a complete fail, however, and doesn’t match the title of the actual article. I am convinced that the editor who titles their pieces for the main page (and usually makes grammar or spelling errors) is the worst kind of internet troll alive.
So. What did they do right? I had to click on the article that shouted “Cheerleader Muzzled by Team” because it reminded me of learning about scold’s bridles in my Shakespeare class. I thought, what a fucking word choice Yahoo. Well a young, white cheerleader was apparently accidentally tackled and then tweeted about it. This created fallout and her twitter account was deleted over it. A sports editor “goes to bat” for her, if you will, although in this case I have no idea what the sports analogy would be.
I realize that her being a white cheerleader is helping her case, but I am impressed and I will take small signs of improvement where I can get them. I admire her for declaring how tough she is compared to the man who knocked her over. The writer points out the double-standard with the cheerleaders public image:
The team allows cameras to record cheerleader auditions for a reality show on CMT. It’s alright when the team controls the message but not when a cheerleader begins to get a following and has the stage to herself?
While many commenters decry the grown men’s attitudes of being “like little boys” and needing to grow-up the bigger problem here is ignored. There is a huge imbalance between men and women in this culture. Women are objects to cheer on a team and must perform difficult, grueling routines that require a level of physicality that takes amazing dedication to achieve. They must do this all while barely dressed and knowing that the work they do is not even considered a sport. Cheerleaders are raped and abused and even forced to continue cheering for their rapists. It’s like an amplified microcosm of everything that’s wrong with how our society views women.
Pointing out the double standard is a tiny step, no just one toe, in the right direction.