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Cap'n Vic

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Pretty sad.

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To be fair, if their cheerleading routines actually do lead to pregnancies and STDs, then they probably do need to tone them down a little.

On a more serious note, have a look at GWBs attitude to fighting AIDS

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I live near a school and sometimes see them practicing routines. Some are more like a stripclub than a cheer and they are in middle school.
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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
I live near a school and sometimes see them practicing routines. Some are more like a stripclub than a cheer and they are in middle school.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
On a more serious note, have a look at GWBs attitude to fighting AIDS

gaarrhh what a [edit: muted-explitives deleted for sake of board]

that's just wrong on so many levels

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I'm not a fan of legislating morality. The process butchers any common sense that might have been part of the original intent.

I also think that the people who allow or even encourage teen girls to turn a dance routine into a sleazy show for pedophiles deserve the crappy laws they get. I don't particularly like feeling dirty if I happen to see a show like that at a high school sports game.

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I find the whole concept of cheerleeding very odd. Why are there a bunch of girls prancing and doing somersaults everywhere? They chant "Go go Countryhill School!" or whatever, but I am certain that they want all eyes on them only.

And to see schools with their awards for cheerleading? And girls getting upset, angry, horrible for not getting into the cheerleading squad? And those who get in are instantly the most popular girls in school and become all high-and-mighty?

Absurd really. Quite absurd.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sxeptomaniac:
I'm not a fan of legislating morality. The process butchers any common sense that might have been part of the original intent.

I also think that the people who allow or even encourage teen girls to turn a dance routine into a sleazy show for pedophiles deserve the crappy laws they get. I don't particularly like feeling dirty if I happen to see a show like that at a high school sports game.

Morality, basic simple morality, is all that should be legislated. Why are murder's illegal? Because killing in cold blood is wrong.

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Killing is wrong because we don't want it done to us.

We are participating in a social contract where we rule out force because we, as individuals, recognise that the benefits of force (phat lewt) are outweighed by the consequences (revenge murders, burning our houses down, getting stolen from).

Morality has absolutely nothing to do with legislation. I don't think ethics even exists.

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Killing is wrong because we don't want it done to us.
"Follow a maxium such that you could reasonably legislate as the universal legislative" -- Kant

Yes, that is exactly why, because it is immoral -- by the very deffinition used to describe morality.

We are participating in a social contract
Social Contract theory is a moral theory, as proposed by Kant, Locke and Jefferson. Other theories include The Greatest Happiness Princible and Moral Relitivisim.

Morality has absolutely nothing to do with legislation. I don't think ethics even exists.
You go on describing the very thing governments are designed to do, and one of the more common moral theories, then say ethics don't exsist?

Am I missing something here?

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quote:
Originally posted by GameMaster:
Morality, basic simple morality, is all that should be legislated. Why are murder's illegal? Because killing in cold blood is wrong.

I probably shouldn't have used such a subjective term as "legislate morality." [Wink]

I think there is a large gray area invoved in deciding what is and what is not a crime. I think a crime primarily is when the rights of a group or individual are taken away by another ("rights," another undefined subjective term [Wink] ).

Morality involves not only how we treat others, but how we treat ourselves. It involves not so much whether or not we denied another of rights, but whether or not we treated them in a way we would like to be treated.

So, I see this law as attempting to prevent these girls from encouraging immoral behavior, as opposed to illegal behavior.

The overlap between the illegal and immoral makes these things a little tricky, but that's my take on it, grossly oversimplified.

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Um... Murder is wrong because it negatively affects other 'free thinking; free choice' individuals. Not to mention the effect being quite detrimental (death). If you are out to murder someone, they have no choice to whether or not to die... you don't ask them if you can murder them.

In this case though everyone has free choice. No one is FORCED to do anything. Therefore regulation by a government body is definitely NOT needed. If the girls feel they are being showcased in a sexual manner and do not feel comfortable they can (gasp) NOT JOIN THE CHEERLEADING CLUB. If the parents don't like it, they too have choices. One being NOT GOING TO THE GAMES, and the second being not allowing their child to join the club.

No my friends this should not be placed on the shoulders of our government (FYI: they are not our babysitter...YOU ARE AN ADULT!). I'm tired of these overly religeous, morally superior (bwahaha priests and boys anyone?) deciding what should and should NOT be allowed in our society.

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ethics as in metaethics; any form of universal standards.

So technically, morality exists, but not for metaethical reasons.

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Wow. Sounds like the TX government needs to desperately pull its head out of its ass. If they think disallowing cheerleaders from doing suggestive routines is going to stop them from banging the football team, they've lost their minds.
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Yeah, this is another one of those "don't those guys have anything better to do?" moments. Suggestive cheerleader dance routines causing pregnancy and VD? Honestly, I thought those kind of attitudes went out with high-button shoes.

Ironically, the guy that introduced this measure in the Texas state House is not a religious-right wingnut, as one might have surmised, but Al Edwards, who is (a) black, and (b) a Democrat. Go figure. [Confused]

Thankfully, Texas' state Senate seems to have better sense, and the bill will likely be dropped.

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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
Wow. Sounds like the TX government needs to desperately pull its head out of its ass. If they think disallowing cheerleaders from doing suggestive routines is going to stop them from banging the football team, they've lost their minds.

The problem is having your head up your ass for so long can lead to learning through osmosis. I see it every day. [shake head]

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
Wow. Sounds like the TX government needs to desperately pull its head out of its ass. If they think disallowing cheerleaders from doing suggestive routines is going to stop them from banging the football team, they've lost their minds.

The problem is having your head up your ass for so long can lead to learning through osmosis. I see it every day. [shake head]
That would work, if you were studying the human rectum.

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Suggestive cheerleading routines probably don't lead to more teen pregnancies or STDs, but some of those routines do qualify as child pornography. True, the girls on the squad are not forced to join, and probably not forced to do anything they are uncomfortable with, but I've known plenty of sixteen year olds that loved to show off their bodies more than they should have. I'm not sure what standard Texas will use to decide which routines are appropriate and which are not, but I think I approve of some regulation.

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My main question would be - why do they need a legislation about that? Isn't there any adult supervising these cheerleading squads who can put some boundary on what's acceptable in a routine, and what's not? (Or maybe the ones who do are pedophile?)

As for the "not forced to do it" part, I think the social pressure can be quite strong in such a case. Just imagine: "Don't want to do it? No problem, there are plenty of other girls who would just love to take your place." Along with that silly thing that cheerleaders are automatically high in the popularity ladder, tell me, how many of them push their uneasiness aside so they can keep their social status?

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(Sorry, stupidly backed and resubmitted the post.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:

As for the "not forced to do it" part, I think the social pressure can be quite strong in such a case. Just imagine: "Don't want to do it? No problem, there are plenty of other girls who would just love to take your place." Along with that silly thing that cheerleaders are automatically high in the popularity ladder, tell me, how many of them push their uneasiness aside so they can keep their social status?

Hmmm.....

Sexually suggestive routines ... increased popularity.....

/me might have spotted a cause-and-effect relationship ....

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Sometimes people seem to forget that there is a range of belief systems in a society, and a balance needs to be struck between the extremes. If some people were too shortsighted to realize that they were going to offend conservatives by dancing that way at public events in Texas, then it's reasonable for the legislature to intervene, even if the resulting laws suck.

"A conservative is a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal who wishes to replace them with others." - Ambrose Bierce

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quote:
Originally posted by Sxeptomaniac:
Sometimes people seem to forget that there is a range of belief systems in a society, and a balance needs to be struck between the extremes. If some people were too shortsighted to realize that they were going to offend conservatives by dancing that way at public events in Texas, then it's reasonable for the legislature to intervene, even if the resulting laws suck.

"A conservative is a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal who wishes to replace them with others." - Ambrose Bierce

But by the same token, introducing these laws encroaches on the beliefs of those who believe in freedom of expression. So why does the rights of conservatives appear to outweigh the rights of liberals?

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Zargof McBrain said:
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So why [do] the rights of conservatives appear to outweigh the rights of liberals?
That may be the case here, but it's definitely not true in many cases. Following the assumption that conservatives tend toward the moralistic, conversely liberals would tend toward the amoralistic. Consider the case of abortion "rights," where liberals have succeeded in legislating their form of morality--"every woman has the right to do with her body what she wants." The rights of the liberals have definitely not been outweighed by the conservatives.

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What I don't get about the whole right-to-abort movement, especially the argument posed by feminists that it's a woman's body and she has the right to do whatever she wants to, is this: What about the unborn woman who is denied the basic rights set forth as fact/truth in the U.S. Declaration of Independence--the rights to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"? Apparently, feminists only want rights for women who have been born, not those who are germinating in the womb.

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