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The bump ‘n’ grind dances have been criticised by university officials who think they promote a negative image of women
Cheerleaders at an American university have come under fire for their sexy dance routines that could ‘encourage rape culture’.

A trustee at the University of Oregon has raised concerns about sexually suggestive dance routines performed by the Oregon cheerleaders.

Local television news station KGW in Portland reports that Ginevra Ralph, an alum and prominent Eugene arts administrator, raised the issue at a meeting of the board of trustees.

And she lays into the girls’ for thrusting their boobs and bums at the audiences.

She said the school should study how the choreographed routines of the cheer squad play a role in the implications of a perceived “rape culture” on campus.

Ms Ralph added: “I have watched people be incredibly uncomfortable with the U of O cheerleaders, and they actually leave the basketball (arena) during intermission because of the overt sexual dancing, or whatever you want to call it.”
Ms Ralph wrote in a statement: “Where, if anywhere, does the overt sexuality with the bump-and-grind, pelvic-thrusting dancing that the female cheerleader and dance squads feature in their routines fit in this context?

“I have watched basketball crowds appreciate the athleticism of the male and female cheerleaders doing their cheer routines, but then watched the same crowd often be uncomfortable and embarrassed by the sexualized dance routines.”

She adds: “The UO stands for and promotes excellence in academics, research, sports, and cultural offerings.

“In the name of eliminating a ‘rape culture’, I am simply asking if these routines are the most appropriate and of highest cultural quality we can muster and would eliminating the raciness in the context of UO athletic events with family audiences in attendance help mitigate the problem.”nterim university president Scott Coltrane told the newspaper he would include a study of suggestive cheer dances as part of a $500,000 effort to stem sexual assaults on campus. The oversight could be done by Title IX deputies.

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Cheerleading “is part of the athletic department and how those routines get developed, who decides them, part of it is internally generated. It’s something we need to look at,” he told the Register-Guard.

The newspaper reported that cheer coach Dana Guthrie was not made available by the school to comment for the story.

Craig Pintens, a senior associate athletic director, issued the following statement: “Our cheerleading and mascot program prides itself on monitoring the latest developments in uniform technology and choreography and implementing best practices from around the world.”

Comments

Ryan Couture says:

*”Promotes a negative image of women” I don’t understand SJW lines like
this, are these not real women up there? Is this video game CGI? If those
are real women up there then that’s part of what women do and part of their
image, no mistake has been made. They aren’t encouraging anything we don’t
already know.*

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