Cheerleaders at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah are at odds over their uniforms. Last week, a male student complained to a counselor that the skirts were causing him to have "impure" thoughts. 44 cheerleaders were then ordered by the school not to wear their uniforms before a football game.
They're speaking out about the ridiculous incident.
"It's giving this boy power that when he grows up and does something to a girl, he can blame it on her skirt being too short. It really made me angry. Why should this boy have control over what we wear?" asks one cheerleader to People. Another points out the double standard that no one has issues with male athletes wearing tight pants. "Baseball players get to wear their tight pants and nobody ever makes a fuss. So if anybody is bothered by us wearing our uniforms to represent our school, then maybe they shouldn't come to the football games."
The issue also brings up how high school girls are being sexualized and the victim-blaming mentality that feeds rape culture.
The school seems to be hiding the embarrassing fiasco under the rug. The Cheer Advisor tells the magazine, "there really is no story— it was blown out of proportion." A spokesperson for the Provo City School District says that they're investigating to find out what happened on game day.