Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Pom Poms and Burkas

You've got to understand, this business is about selling, and blonde and blue-eyed girls are what sells.
Naomi Campbell, fashion model

Why does it always seem like Texas, Florida and Alabama are always doing something stupid to encroach on civil rights or find something subversive in everything from cartoon characters to television shows? Legislators in Texas are considering legislation to ban 'sexually suggestive' performances in schools by cheerleaders. Exposed midriffs and ever shorter shorts and skirts have particularly outraged some legislators.

The proposed law would ban dance routines by school cheerleaders at sports events that one politician said was like something out of a strip club. The bill would allow the Texas Education Agency to ban routines deemed vulgar or excessive.

One of the co-authors of the bill, Republican Corbin Van Arsdale, said many parents want restrictions because they go to Friday night games to see young men clashing on the football field, not girls shaking their behinds on the sidelines.

If the courts cannot define pornography just how are these people going to set rules for sexually suggestive? Maybe the answer is cheerleaders in burkas.


Devo said...

One thing you've got to understand about "The South" -- and by that I mean South Carolina to Texas to Alabama to anywhere a revival gets more attention than an art gallery opening -- is extremely concerned with appearances. Even more so than our Versace and Vuitton laden Manhattanite and Losangelino brethren and sisters. The thing about appearances is that nobody cares what happens behind the scenes, as long as we put on a good, wholesome show. I imagine that a good percentage of the folks who will support such legislation fully comprehend the less-than-palatable practices that accompany your average "clash on a football field"... from underage drinking followed by date rape to hazing rituals violent enough to warrant alarm. But since these things are not manifested in public, they don't need to be addressed.

But hey, I'm just a hyper-intellectual Northern Liberal sitting up here in my white tower looking down on the filthy, unwashed masses, right? Don't bother listening to lil' ol' me.

Anonymous said...

It must be nice to live in a state where they have no bigger problems than the appropriateness of cheerleading. To think, a perfect education system, no crime or poverty, no corporate scandals, and a lush, well-protected environment. Oh, to be a Texan.

The Misanthrope said...

Devo, Rags, it sounds as though those states are stuck in a time warp somewhere between the Victorian Age and the 1950s, which I don't think they would argue; they much perfer the hypocrisy.