NFL Cheerleaders are suing for a Livable Wage for their 300 Hours of Annual Work

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 26th, 2014

Week in Review

If you were in the ‘in’ crowd in high school the most ‘in’ people were the quarterback of the football team and the head cheerleader.  Typically the best looking guy and girl in high school.  This is why girls want to be cheerleaders.  Because only pretty and popular girls are cheerleaders.  These girls don’t get paid.  And that’s okay.  Because they do it for the privilege of wearing that cheerleader uniform.  And being part of the ‘in’ crowd.

There’s a fascination with cheerleaders.  Men like them so much they made a porno movie about a girl trying to make a football cheerleader squad that wasn’t the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders but looked like it was.  Debbie Does Dallas.  A porn bestselling video.  Because men like cheerleaders.  For they are toned, fit and beautiful.  And they wear revealing outfits.  Which is why NFL cheerleaders are sexy.

Women try hard to become NFL cheerleaders.  But only toned, fit and beautiful women get to be cheerleaders.  Which is why women work so hard to be toned, fit and beautiful.  So they can go to cheerleader tryouts and best the competition.  To win that honor of wearing an NFL cheerleader uniform.  At least, that’s how it has been until now (see String of Cheerleader Lawsuits the Next Headache for the NFL by Tierney Sneed posted 4/25/2014 on US News and World Report).

What will become of the Buffalo Jills, the cheerleaders that are on the sidelines for Buffalo Bills games? A lawsuit alleging lower than minimum wage earnings and other New York labor law violations filed by five former Buffalo Jills has caused the suspension of the squad, and taken with a pair of similar suits, is creating yet another public relations cloud over the National Football League.

Stephanie Mateczun – president of Stejon Productions Corp., the third-party production company that manages the Jills and was named in the suit alongside the team – confirmed the organization’s activities had ceased indefinitely as a result of the lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court Tuesday…

The Jills’ lawsuit is the third case to be brought up by an NFL team’s cheerleaders against their respective organization this year. Each case – the first, a class action suit filed in January against the Oakland Raiders, and the second, launched in February by a Ben-Gals cheerleader against the Cincinnati Bengals – is unique in its specifics…

The string of cases, as well as leaked copies of cheerleader handbooks from other teams, suggest the alleged mistreatment of cheerleaders is a league-wide problem. They are often paid per game, with hours spent practicing or at off-field events left uncompensated. They are also held to standards unthinkable in most workplaces: regular weigh-ins, costly requirements for certain hair and beauty treatments, and restrictions on who they date and what they post to social media…

Similar claims were made in the next suit to follow, filed by Ben-Gals’ cheerleader Alexa Brenneman against the Bengals in February. It suggests she made less than $2.85 an hour for her 300 hours of work during the season, well below Ohio’s $7.85 an hour minimum wage. The Jills suit likewise describes an alleged violation of New York minimum wage laws, and also details what it calls “demeaning and degrading treatment” at Jills events where the cheerleaders supposedly faced “lecherous stares,” “degrading sexual comments” and “inappropriate touching…”

“The issue here is … how we treat our workers in this country,” Dolce, of the Jills case, says – which is why he thinks the NFL should be paying attention as well. “I know it’s not a central issue for the NFL, but in terms of worker rights and human rights and gender politics, it shouldn’t just be ignored…”

The controversy isn’t sitting well with the NFL’s current  marketing outreach to female fans. A Change.org petition launched before the lawsuits were filed demands teams across the league provide their cheerleaders with livable salaries – and it has more than 100,000 signatures.

Livable salaries?  Cheerleading is not a job.  It’s a thing to do for fun.  That thing these women may enjoy unlike their day job.  Which provides their livable salaries.  Not their cheerleader earnings.  I mean, who can work only 300 hours a year and expect to pay all of their bills?

Cheerleading can’t be that horrible.  Because women go to cheerleader tryouts to make the squad.  And abide by all the rules to remain a cheerleader.  If it was so horrible they wouldn’t do this.  But they do.  And they’re not doing this for the money.  For we know they don’t make any money being a cheerleader.  No.  They do this because they love it.

You know who’s happy now?  Teams that don’t have cheerleaders.  And if they were considering adding them you can bet they won’t now.  In fact, those teams that do may consider dropping theirs.  For here’s a startling fact.  Cheerleaders don’t win games.  The only time most people even see them is coming out of a commercial break.  Then they’re gone.  As the football game fills widescreen televisions across the country.  They are trying to use cheerleaders to make the stadium experience special as a lot of people these days prefer watching football at home on their widescreen televisions.  Making it harder to sell out some home games.  But it is doubtful people are going to buy tickets for a game because they may be able to talk to a cheerleader.  No matter how pretty or sexy they are.  Because people love football more.

Teams may make some money with their cheerleaders.  But it’s probably not enough to justify these legal headaches.  So NFL cheerleaders may soon be a thing of the past.  Something most football fans probably won’t even notice.  For few in a big stadium can even see them.  And those watching on television may catch a glimpse of them but that’s not why they’re tuning in.  No, the people who will most notice the passing of the NFL cheerleader are the cheerleaders.  And the women who wanted to try out to become a cheerleader.  Something they may have dreamed about since high school.

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FT209: “The first openly gay NFL player will be as distracting as Tim Tebow.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 14th, 2014

Fundamental Truth

The Heart we see on Valentine’s Day is actually a Woman’s Butt as she Bends Over

We have locker rooms for women.  And locker rooms for men.  Because we want an environment where women feel comfortable and safe to undress in.  To be stripped to their underwear in.  Where they can walk around nude.  And shower naked.  Things most people—men included—don’t feel comfortable doing in front of other people.  Especially people of the opposite sex.

We’ve seen a man talking to a pretty and buxom lady in many a television show and movie.  With the man’s eyes meandering down to the woman’s ample breasts.  In fact, we’ve seen some men in extreme discomfort as they try NOT to look.  Especially when a woman’s boobs are straining the buttons on her blouse.  Or she’s showing a lot of cleavage.  Those who are caught looking may hear an angry “Hey, buddy, my eyes are up here!”

But it’s just not breasts that attract a man’s gaze.  Men like to watch women from behind, too.  Watching their pert behinds as they sashay by.  A woman can sometimes feel those eyes on her derriere.  And may respond with an exasperated, “Stop looking at my ass!”  But men have long enjoyed looking at a woman’s posterior.  So much so that the heart we see on Valentine’s Day—the symbol of love—is actually a woman’s butt as she bends over.

Seeing a Penis in the Women’s Locker Room will no doubt make some Women Uncomfortable

For these reasons women get their own locker rooms and restrooms.  So they don’t have to feel those unwelcomed gazes in their most personal moments.  Or feel embarrassed about their bodies should they not look like Playboy playmates.  And so a woman doesn’t have to worry about sexual assault in the locker room if she’s the only woman in there undressing in front of a group of men.

Even the Army understands these concerns women have while undressed.  So much so that they don’t even make them undress in front of other women.  The men may have to stand in a line and strip down to their underwear, bend over and grab their ankles for a very public rectal exam (see Women to Serve in Combat despite having Lower Physical Standards and Private Rectal Exams in Training posted 2/9/2014 on PITHOCRATES).  But not the women.  No, the women will enjoy bending over only in front of the doctor.  While in a private room.

So we give women an environment where they can feel safe.  And not where people can look at them in all of their nakedness with who knows what on their minds.  Especially in high schools.  And colleges.  Because we all know what college boys have on their minds.  So we keep anyone with a penis out of the women’s locker room.  Unless that person with a penis is transgendered (see California law lets transgender students pick bathrooms, teams to join by Holly Yan posted 8/13/2013 on CNN).  Which no doubt will make some women uncomfortable.  Taking off their clothes and standing naked next to someone who undresses and reveals a penis.  A woman’s normal reaction would be to quickly cover up her nakedness.  And call for help.  Is she supposed to feel comfortable and relaxed to be naked next to someone who claims to be a woman even though that someone has a penis?  At the least she may be thinking “is this person for real?  Or is this just a clever way to see me naked?”

The first Openly Gay Player in the NFL will go out of his way not to “Gay it Up”

Athletes are some of the most physically fit people in the world.  And some of the most attractive.  Men and women.  Which is why there’s a lot of stuff happening in those Olympic villages between or after the events.  The great Italian, Alberto Tomba, not only had great skills on the slopes.  But he had great skills off the slopes.  As he was quite the ladies’ man.  And today’s technology just makes it easier to hook up in the Olympic village (see Tinder Hook-Ups Off the Hook Among Sochi Athletes posted 2/12/2014 on ABC News).

The social networking tool may be new since the last Winter Olympics, but with 3,000 athletes in the prime of their lives from around the world packed into Sochi, they’re bound to seek an outlet through electronic means or otherwise.

“It’s like making the ingredients of a huge stew – a stew of sexual ingredients,” said Dr. Judy Kuriansky, a sex therapist and clinical psychologist at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City. “There is stress, which causes tension, and anxiety and energy, and a massive outpouring of chemicals in the body – adrenaline and endorphins. It’s a powerful concoction of chemicals.”

“Everyone knows the runner’s high,” she said. “Olympian athletes certainly have it – it’s orgasmic.”

Kuriansky said all the beautiful and fit athletes tend not to “think about their conscience.”

“Winners or losers, on top of the world or devastated, it tends to make you grab the moment – carpe diem,” she said. “This is your moment.”

Professional athletes are in the prime of their sexual lives, too.  And it’s just not the quarterback of the football team getting the pretty ladies.  For when you’re this fit and at the top of your game the ladies come to you.  Which is probably why the NFL cheerleaders don’t share a locker room with the NFL players.  Manly men and beautiful women together undressed in the prime of their sexual lives?  In a stew of sexual ingredients?  That massive outpouring of adrenaline and endorphins?  No, putting penises and vaginas together in that boiling stew may lead to something orgasmic.  Which may distract from the game.

We now have the first openly gay player about to enter the NFL draft.  And despite being a professional athlete in the prime of his sexual life he will not even notice the naked men in the locker room he shares.  Just as a college boy could share the women’s locker room and not notice the undressed women.  Just as an NFL player could share the cheerleader locker room and not notice their glorious naked bodies.  And no one will ever have to say, “Hey, my eyes are up here.”  Or “stop looking at my ass.”

A gay man may find an NFL locker room heaven to be in (based on the number of search results for ‘gay porn scenes in a locker room’).  Just as a straight man would find it heaven to be invited into an NFL cheerleader locker room (based on all those R-rated movies where guys are spying on or sneaking into the girls’ locker room).  But not a gay NFL player.  No.  He will be a professional.  At all times.  Because he will be the first openly gay player in the NFL.  He will go out of his way not to ‘gay it up’ to borrow a line from Stephen Colbert.  He may make some players uncomfortable.  But after a few games that will go away.  No one will feel threatened in the locker room.  But he will still be a great distraction.  For Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy yet he plays for no NFL team.  Not even as a backup quarterback.  Why?  Well, part of the reason is they say his style of play does not translate well to the NFL.  But there is another reason.  Because of the distraction he is.  He was getting a lot of press for his Christian beliefs.  And his ‘Tebowing’ after a touchdown.  He was just too Christian.  And too big of a distraction from the game (he even had groupies).  Just as having a gay player in an NFL locker room will be.  For the team that picks him will no doubt spend a lot of their time talking about having the first openly gay player in the NFL.  And should he not do well in the NFL imagine that head coach explaining to the press why he cut the first gay NFL player from his team.  This will be the great distraction.  The media wanting to know if he’s a distraction.

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