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Buffy in Texas better not bump and grind on the football field

I haven’t been to a football game recently, but I can’t imagine that high school cheerleading is the equivalent of a strip show or pole dancing. Who on earth is going to define what constitutes “sexually suggestive”? Try reading this without laughing. (

State Rep. Al Edwards of Houston is proposing a law to ban dirty dancing by cheerleaders. Edwards wants to put an end to “sexually suggestive” performances by cheerleaders at athletic events and other extracurricular competitions.

Edwards is outraged by the way cheerleaders are “shaking their behinds and going on, breaking it down.”

“And then we say to them, ‘don’t get involved in sex unless it’s marriage or love, it’s dangerous out there’ and yet the teachers and directors are helping them go through those kind of gyrations.” He said it’s hypocritical for educators to teach sexual abstinence, while condoning all sorts of bumping and grinding on the sidelines. Under the Houston Democrat’s bill, the state education commissioner could reduce a school district’s state funding if it knowingly permits sexy cheerleading.

Edwards said he filed the bill as a result of several instances of seeing such ribald performances in his district.

I think that last line is critical. Perhaps Mr. Edwards was getting a little too hot under the collar and “little Mr. Edwards” was getting a rise out of the on-field action. The abstinence argument is futile. Those kids in Texas are knocking boots despite the “don’t do it” message.

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