Poster Explaining Do’s and Don’ts of Cheerleading Causes Backlash at University of Washington

There are almost four million cheerleaders in the United States, but whoever made a new promotional poster at the University of Washington must believe they should all look the same.

A flyer posted on the official Facebook page of the University of Washington cheerleaders listed dos and don’ts for students looking to join the team.

It showed a picture of a thin, blonde cheerleader not wearing much clothing. There were arrows pointed to each one of her body parts, with a tip for each one.

Potential cheerleaders were told to have a bronze, beachy glow, voluminous hair, flattering eye shadow, and “girl about town” lipstick.

The “body do’s” included having a physically fit athletic physique with a natural or spray tan.

The poster also advises young women to show up at tryouts in solid black sports bras, mid-rise black shorts, and cheer shoes. Girls were not allowed to try out if they wore a shirt covering their midriff.

This controversial image caused negative comments to be posted on their Facebook page from cheerleaders all over the country. They complained that over-sexualizing cheerleaders is only adversely impacting the sport and the reputation its participants have fought so hard to get.

Reported on Syracuse.com, the Associated Students of the University of Washington released a statement saying, “An advertisement such as this completely objectifies women and creates barriers that only perpetuates the inaccessibility of opportunities that should be open for every student on this campus.”

In response to the backlash, the university withdrew the poster.

A spokesman for University of Washington athletics department backed up the graphic, saying it was only created to answer questions the students were asking about tryouts.

Officials at the University did not address the debate any further.

British Show Trains Dogs to Successfully Fly Airplanes

For the 8 million people who fly in an airplane a day, having a human pilot is pretty much a guarantee. A British TV show, however, is changing the way we think about that and has proven that dogs can be trained to fly airplanes.

U.K. television network Sky 1 sent a team of animal trainers and an animal psychologist to tour kennels throughout the U.K. and pick the smartest dogs they could find.

Twelve rescue dogs, mostly strays, made the cut and went through a series of rigorous tests to assess their communication skills, empathy, and tolerance for speed and heights.

The Washington Free Beacon┬áreports that “Dogs Might Fly” show host Jamie Theakston said the purpose of this activity was to prove rescue dogs are just as trainable and friendly as any other dog.

He states, “People give up on them too easily and this series will show up why we shouldn’t.”

Three dogs, all under three years old, passed the test. Shadow, a Staffordshire bull terrier/collie mix, Reggie a German Shepherd/Labrador mix, and Alfie, a collie/lurche, went on to complete flight training.

They were seated with their front paws on the control yoke in front of a PC-grade flight simulator and were trained using lights and cues on when to turn left or right or to level out.

While aboard the plane, the dogs received treats from a trainer for correct behavior. A human pilot handled altitude.

After 10 weeks of flight school, the dogs were brought out to a grass airfield near London and were tested in a real Cessna 182.

With a human copilot sitting next to them for safety, all three dogs were able to show their skills off. Each completed a Figure-8 maneuver successfully, with their trainer in the back controlling the cue lights.

When the dogs landed and the show ended, all 12 dogs were rescued and went to their forever homes, including some with the show’s staff.