“Males—Minimize Exaggerated or Theatrical Movements”

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    Apr 29, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    "The new USASF rules included an “image etiquette” guideline that Gadke, who is gay, hadn’t noticed on his first read-through. Under the header “minimize the negative,” the document said, “Males—minimize exaggerated or theatrical movements.” ...

    At first, Gadke didn’t know how widespread the outrage was. “I thought it was discriminatory, but I thought maybe it was one of those things where I was just too close to the issue,” he says. On March 29 he went on Fierce Board, an online cheer forum where participants “shimmy” instead of liking a post. “I feel like this is a sugar-coated way to say ‘We don’t want the guys to look gay!’ ” Gadke wrote. “Am I being defensive and reading too much into this?”

    The response on Fierce Board was pretty much unanimous: No, he wasn’t reading too much into it. ...

    The USASF would not respond to repeated questions about the reasoning behind the image etiquette guideline, and why male cheerleaders were singled out."

    [url]http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2012/04/competitive_cheerleading_the_controversial_new_rule_that_instructs_males_to_be_less_theatrical_.single.html
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    Maybe , just maybe this is one area where an "Only in America" rings true.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:14 PM GMT
    Because there is a set perception on what is considered masculine, most of it being created by the media. And to have someone come in and say that the guys aren't acting "manly" enough, which i guess they mean emotionless, is not surprising. Difference is shunned and excluded in our society.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    Sounds to me like homophobes have infiltrated the cheerleading industry.
    Whoever made those rules should be fired immediately. Or, all the cheerleaders (male and female) should go on strike.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    What?!? No JAZZ hands....icon_question.gificon_exclaim.gificon_question.gificon_rolleyes.gif