Texas Tackles Scourge of Suggestive Cheerleaders
Just when you thought Texas lawmakers were out of touch and not up to taking on the tough issues of the day, the Associated Press brings news to the contrary:
After an alternately comic and fiery debate - punctuated by several lawmakers waving pompons - the state House on Tuesday approved a bill to restrict "overtly sexually suggestive" cheerleading to more ladylike performances.
"Girls can get out and do all of these overly sexually performances and we applaud them, and that's not right," said Democratic Rep. Al Edwards, who filed the legislation.
Edwards argued bawdy performances are a distraction for students resulting in pregnancies, dropouts and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
The bill passed on a 65-56 vote. But not everyone felt it was the best use of their time:
"Have we done anything about stem cell research to help people who are dying and are sick advance their health? No," said Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson. "Have we done anything about the mentally ill, school finance or ethics?"
Chris Kromm is executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of the Institute's online magazine, Facing South.