Ban Cheerleaders from Professional Sporting Events?

Last updated: March 8, 2019

Should cheerleaders be banned from performing at professional sporting events?

Ban Cheerleaders from Professional Sporting Events?
Yes because...

Professional cheerleaders cause men to think of women as objects. They exist on the sideline, weari...

Professional cheerleaders cause men to think of women as objects. They exist on the sideline, wearing short skirts and looking pretty, whilst the male sports players are the heroes. This affects the way that men view women more generally. It makes them think that women are less important than men. Even where professional cheerleading squads contain men, this view of women is reinforced: male cheerleaders lift women and throw them around as if they are objects and only there for decoration.
No because...
Women should be able to choose what activities to take part in, regardless of the reaction of men. If they enjoy cheerleading, and want to be paid to do the activity, it is unfair to stop them because of what other people might think about them. People should be able to choose what to do with their lives.

Ban Cheerleaders from Professional Sporting Events?
Yes because...

The fact that cheerleaders want to do the activity is less important than the impact that it has on ...

The fact that cheerleaders want to do the activity is less important than the impact that it has on the way that people think about women in general. If I do something that seriously harms somebody else, that person should be able to stop me from doing it if the harm to me considerably outweighs the benefit to them. The fact that I want to be a cheerleader is outweighed by the harm caused to other women. Not only do men view women as inferior as a result of watching them on the sidelines, but women also begin to believe that they are inferior. They see cheerleaders supporting men and being paid a lot less than the male sports stars, and they begin to think that it is normal for women to be less important.
No because...
It is not clear that watching cheerleaders makes men and women think less of women. There are hundreds of factors which might contribute to women being viewed as less important, such as the fact that there are many fewer female politicians or managing directors than male politicians and managing directors. Banning professional cheerleaders won’t stop these attitudes from existing. In addition, images of women wearing few clothes and looking thin and pretty are present all over newspapers, magazines, TV and advertising. These images probably have a much greater impact on the way that people view women than cheerleading does.

Ban Cheerleaders from Professional Sporting Events?
Yes because...

Professional cheerleaders are bad role models for women, and especially for teenagers who take part ...

Professional cheerleaders are bad role models for women, and especially for teenagers who take part in cheerleading. They tend to wear shorter skirts and show more of their skin than college and high school cheerleaders. In addition, their routines tend to be more obviously sexual, and less focused on gymnastic stunts. This encourages young girls who do cheerleading as an extra-curricular activity at school to act in this way too. Banning professional cheerleaders would remove this bad influence.
No because...
It is not true that high school and college cheerleaders necessarily look up to professional cheerleaders. Often, cheerleading squads within schools focus on competitions and on representing their school, without wearing these sorts of outfits. These squads try really hard to improve the acrobatic elements of their routines in order to be better than other squads. They develop confidence and self-esteem through being part of a team. The influence of professional cheerleaders is minimal.

Ban Cheerleaders from Professional Sporting Events?
Yes because...

The presence of cheerleaders standing on the side lines in men’s sports detracts from the success th...

The presence of cheerleaders standing on the side lines in men’s sports detracts from the success that women achieve as sports players in their own right. Women are very talented at sport, as demonstrated by Venus and Serena Williams in tennis, Paula Radcliff in athletics or Nastia Liukin in gymnastics. However, when people see cheerleaders they are more likely to view women’s role in sport as one confined to looking pretty on the sidelines. Women’s sport already receives a lot less coverage than men’s sport, and it is important to promote the success that women achieve. Professional cheerleaders detract from this.
No because...
There is no reason why professional cheerleaders cannot be respected for the athletic talent that cheerleading requires. If we want women’s sport to be more respected, it might be necessary to spend more money promoting games or force the media to cover a larger number of female sporting events, rather than focusing on men. However, professional cheerleaders do not stop any of these sports from being treated seriously.

Ban Cheerleaders from Professional Sporting Events?
Yes because...

Professional cheerleaders discourage lots of women, religious people and families from attending pro...

Professional cheerleaders discourage lots of women, religious people and families from attending professional sports games. Many people do not want to watch women dancing on the pitch wearing skimpy clothes, so do not attend. Similarly, they do not bring their children because they think that it is inappropriate. Professional sports games are a great way to bring people together to form a community. It also encourages children to take part in sport themselves, improving their health. Professional cheerleaders are harmful because they discourage such attendance.
No because...
Very few people choose not to go to sports matches because of cheerleaders. If they did, sports teams would have no reason to pay cheerleaders because they would lose money through being unable to sell enough tickets. In reality, lots of people like watching cheerleaders. They contribute to the excitement.

Ban Cheerleaders from Professional Sporting Events?
Yes because...

Professional cheerleaders cause lots of harm in terms of views of women, but add little to sport. I...

Professional cheerleaders cause lots of harm in terms of views of women, but add little to sport. It is clear that cheerleaders are not necessary to bring about audience participation. Fans at soccer matches in the UK are very animated without the presence of cheerleaders. The same is true at important tennis matches. Getting rid of professional cheerleaders would allow fans to focus properly on the game itself.
No because...
Professional cheerleaders do encourage audience participation. In games like American football, where there are lots of breaks, cheerleaders keep the crowd interested. They also encourage crowds to cheer more loudly during play. This creates a more exciting atmosphere and motivates the players to play better, making the game more enjoyable for everyone.


4
Continue the Debate - Leave a Comment

4 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
4 Comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Cici\'s mom, she\'s my dog

People seem to have lost their mind cheerleading is entertainment meant to rally the teams and fans.

Seams like men and women put too much focus on these types of trivial things instead of having a life. Going to church, having family life and social life, building a career and enjoying hobbies and reading.

Sports are for entertainment not a way of life unless you want to be an athlete. As for athletes they are overpaid now thats a real debate.

Anon

I think this whole thing is absolutely ridiculous. Every yes answer is complaining about women, bad examples, religion, and how men are pigs. Your typical feminist bull. We have had Cheerleaders in sports for how long, and now that were in snowflake times, if enough feminists bitch and complain, they can get things banned. Is this the kind of power we want to give extremist groups like this? Are these extremist groups being allowed more control over the country because their feelings get hurt and they start whining like a 4 year old until they get what they want? if this is how things work today then this is a scary time for us. Allowing adult children complain, seeing they have power if they complain and start banning everything that offends them. Why not go back to burning witches because they offend you, or murdering black cats because they are “evil” and putting mentally sick people away because they scare you. This is what it will be like if we continue to allow snowflakes power to start banning everything and complain about every small thing that offends them.

Ridhima Mehta

Cheerleaders shouldn’t be banned. One can just not stop a woman from pursuing her dreams only for the reason tat it makes men regard women as objects. It is the duty of the men and the rest of the society from thinking such unpleasant things and instead improve their narrow mindedness. Every one has the right of choosing what he wants to do, unless it goes against the wellbeing of the country, and cheerleading does not harm anyone, other than the people who are so narrow minded and don’t support the women of the country.

Category: