The University of Washington’s Cheerleading “Advice”

By Meghna Kumar

The University of Washington has come under fire recently for posting controversial recommendations for students interested in auditioning for the cheerleading team.

Requirements for girls interested in cheering for the university include, but are not limited to: “girl about town lipstick,” “false lashes,” “flattering eye shadow,”and a “spray tan.” They also request that those interested in trying out be “physically fit” with an “athletic physique.”

Sophomore Sydni Phebus was outraged, “I think it’s unfortunate because a lot of girls base their self-esteem on their bodies instead of on other abilities that they might have and posters like this only encourage this. I believe people should not be judged based on their appearance.”

“I can understand requirements about jewelry because that could affect performance but the other requirements are wrong,” says sophomore Morgan Dailey.

The university removed the info graphic three days before tryouts after protest.


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