NFL Cheerleaders Need a Union
The league's underappreciated performers are suing the league and speaking out about underpayment and harassment—but they may need to organize to get respect.
Christina Floozy, Esquire
Sports Are a Metaphor for Inequality in These Colorful Paintings
Baseball, carnivals, and institutional racism inspire Memphis-born artist Derek Fordjour's evocative paintings, collages, and sculptures.
This Is a Cheerocracy
Who Won the Showdown Between Cheerleading Twitter vs. Baseball Twitter?
A feud you didn't even know existed.
Kings of Leon's Vid for 'Waste a Moment' Is Very 'Carrie' Meets 'Bring It On' Meets 'X-Files'
KOL are back with their first record in three years next month, and this song is the first single. We believe they call it "a return to form."
Kim Taylor Bennett
Why Sports Cheerleaders and Dancers Are Worth More Than Minimum Wage
Thanks to recent series of lawsuits, some NFL cheerleaders will now be paid the minimum wage, but that likely still doesn't reflect the full value they provide to a sports franchise.
stomp the yard
VCU Cheerleader Tries to Stomp Out St. Joe's Victory Balloons, The Bitterness of Loss
If the balloons are gone, then losing never happened, right?
Liam Daniel Pierce
Cheerocracy Forever: The Enduring Superiority of 'Bring It On'
Bring It On is unequivocally the Greatest Sports Movie of All Time.
B. David Zarley
"Simply Exploited": Why a Milwaukee Bucks Cheerleader Is Suing the Team
A former cheerleader is suing the Milwaukee Bucks for violating Wisconsin's minimum wage laws. Her allegations of wage abuse and demeaning image standards are all too common in sports.
The VICE Guide to Right Now
Chinese Startups Are Hiring Office Cheerleaders to Boost Productivity
The women take on such duties as: buying the programmers breakfast, playing ping-pong with employees, and "chitchatting."
It's Time for the NFL to Ban Cheerleaders
What purpose is NFL cheerleading serving other than dehumanizing women and entertaining the male gaze with ever-shrinking costumes?
This Week in Teens
Would-Be School Shooter Drinks Too Much Whiskey, Forgets Bombs at Home
It's hard to argue that teen drinking ever accomplishes anything of substance, but this week, underage boozing actually seems to have prevented a tragedy.
Rah-Rah, Give Us Minimum Wage!
NFL cheerleaders aren’t the only ones battling labor law violations: NBA dancers and NHL ice girls chime in about poor compensation.
Mary Emily O'Hara