UW Drops Cheerleader-Advice Flier From Its Facebook Page [POLL]
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After hearing boos from women all over campus, the University of Washington has taken down a flier from its Facebook page that offered advice for coeds interested in trying out for the school's cheerleading squad.
Critics complained that the flier -- which included a picture of shapely blonde woman with copy blocks containing recommendations for clothing and grooming -- objectified women. Among other things, the flier advised cheerleader hopefuls to wear fake eyelashes, use "natural tan/spray tan," "girl about town lipstick" and hair with "volume."
In taking down the flier, the university issued a statement saying officials had received "a high volume of student questions."
"Some of the details and descriptions provided," the statement continued, "were inconsistent with the values of the UW spirit program and department of athletics. Athletic department officials have reinforced the values of the programs to UW spirit leadership, and look forward to an equitable and diverse tryout process for interested students."
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