Refinery29 published Is NFL Cheerleading As Controversial As It Seems?, discussing NFL cheerleading including the recent wage lawsuits.
It’s no wonder, then, that a culture rooted in burlesque garners little attention as a professional sport. Cheerleaders are seen as glamorous peripherals to America’s favorite game. As William C. Rhoden writes in The New York Times, “While cheerleading at the high school and collegiate levels has become competitive and athletic, today’s NFL cheerleaders are little more than props that reinforce objectified sex roles. The professional cheerleader has become feminized and eroticized.”