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When the Washington Redskins took their cheerleading squad to Costa Rica in 2013 for a calendar photo shoot, the first cause for concern among the cheerleaders came when Redskins officials collected their passports upon arrival at the resort, depriving them of their official identification.

For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. Given the resort’s secluded setting, such revealing poses would not have been a concern for the women — except that the Redskins had invited spectators.

A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots.

Continue reading:  Redskins Cheerleaders Describe Topless Photo Shoots and an Uneasy Night Out

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  I recommend reading the entire article.  This story gets much more disturbing the deeper you go into it.

19 thoughts on “Redskins Cheerleaders Describe Topless Photo Shoots and an Uneasy Night Out

  1. WTF!!! They had their passports collected?!!! Jesus, it sounds like the shit human traffickers do. This is a disturbing and sickening story. Men who accepted invitations to this are pigs. I hope there’s something legally these women can do. The NFL is as sick and corrupt as the Catholic Church.

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  2. Well, this opinion of mine is in NO WAY intended to normalize or marginalize the blatant deceit and covert alterior intentions of all MEN involved, HOWEVER…

    Let’s ask the bigger question about the BIGGER picture!

    Why in a (alpha?) male dominate sport — on the field and off — are there very attractive women with “arousing” uniforms, at all NFL games, and NCAA games too in football and basketball, for an audience, on television and inside stadiums for this sport and many others? Is there a market for it? Is there a SHITLOAD of money to be made in all sorts of ways? 🤔

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    • Do auto-manfacturers and motorcycle manufacturers utilize female “Wow models” in their auto/motorcycle sales & marketing campaigns? Do beer and liquor distributors and retailers utilize/use “Wow models” in their photo-shoot calendars or ad campaigns? Does it have SOMETHING to do with sex (mental or otherwise), revenues, and overly testosteronated Alpha-males in a specific demographic? 🤔

      Inquiring minds want to know. 💲,💲💲💲,💲💲💲,💲💲💲

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    • Of course, but that isn’t the issue here. If pretty women want to prance around sports stadiums and arenas in scantily-clad outfits and get paid for it, then that’s fine.

      What happened in this case was the cheerleaders were not informed about the nudity and party-girl activities before they agreed to go to this resort, were pressured to do so once they arrived, and had their passports taken so they couldn’t leave. Furthermore, the Washington Redskins – as their de facto employer (technically, the cheerleaders’ client) – did not pay them. Jeff is right, this borders on human trafficking.

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      • “..and had their passports taken so they couldn’t leave.” THIS is the KEY sentence here. Why in f**k’s name does something like this happen? In this case, because it’s bordering on human trafficking. It’s the same tactic used by many shit bags who literally DO engage in human trafficking. It is despicable, shameful, disgusting behavior.

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      • If pretty women want to prance around sports stadiums and arenas in scantily-clad outfits and get paid for it, then that’s fine.

        …the cheerleaders were not informed about the nudity and party-girl activities before they agreed to go to this resort, were pressured to do so once they arrived, and had their passports taken so they couldn’t leave.

        Yes, the NY Times article explained the premeditated alterior motives clearly and it does indeed border on human trafficking. My point was that this is a byproduct of a much bigger cultural patriarchal problem in the U.S. (and around the world) and the Washington Redskins and NFL are only one contributing part to it. IOW, as a fair rhetorical question… do you think this sort of harrassment, sexual extortion(?), trafficking(?), or U.S. Presidential-esque treatment/cover-up is isolated to the Redskins or FedExField? I was trying to point out that this wrong, illegal behavior is part of a bigger male power-patriarchal problem too and in MY personal opinion it starts with the implicit sell of sexism that goes unchallenged. Many women (perhaps more realistically FAR TOO MANY women) still do not have the “resources” to adequately combat this problem by the power-patriarchal establishments… umm, like the NFL and other similar multi-billion dollar sports leagues and franchises when so many male fans continue to PAY those establishments — via their season-tickets and watching the Redskins or NFL games on television — instead of standing up to them and joining these abused women. Why did it take 4-5 years for this Bill Cosby-like or Harvey Weinstein-like or Jerry Sanduscky-Joe Paterno-Penn State-like or Baylor University basketball-like dispicable illegal behavior to come out?

        Answer? The much bigger problem: not enough GOOD men in GOOD establishments with adequate power (especially together) to help these women, speak up for them, but instead turning a blind eye for too many centuries.

        That’s what I was trying to point out, perhaps poorly. LOL 😉

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        • You’re right, Professor. This is indicative of a far larger problem. It’s such a big problem, in fact, as to be painfully obvious to just about everyone… including those perpetrators who are enabled by its sheer scale and tacit social acceptance.

          Still, we need to shine some light upon it whenever possible. If public exposure of stories like this one helps raise awareness, and I believe it does, then that’s what we should do. Our worse option is to ignore it, throw up our hands and lament “well, that’s just the way it is.”

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        • Oh MAN, I could not agree more! Hear hear Robert!!! 👏

          Now, as a hetero male and a lifetime athlete myself, I will READILY admit (upfront too!) that biologically and mentally I AM aroused by active, athletic, beautiful, sensual, classy, intelligent women… hands down! I am not ashamed at all to admit that — because MY respect for these sublime creatures that are TRULY the honey & nectar of the gods/goddesses — BUT it all stays strictly in my head unless through normal, appropriate circumstances of EQUAL engagement there is a chemistry worth mutually exploring, i.e. proactive consent. Most of the time, probably more like 95% of the time, I intentionally let the woman make those initial moves/words. That other 5% is only when I’m inside MY element and that environment/element is already clearly understood by the women. They are not shocked/surprised being approached. But JESUS FREAKIN’ CHRIST, this clear-cut communication seems to only exist in my alternative lifestyles! Why it doesn’t in the mainstream vanilla world, e.g. the NFL, NBA, NCAA, or corporate workplace, is BEYOND ME!!!! Ugh, anyway… hope that makes sense.

          But aside from shitty “vanilla-world” communication, confusion (manufactured or not), and blatant gender and sexist abuses in the vanilla-world, it is way past time for GOOD MEN, GOOD HONORABLE groups of men and their honorable “fraternities” to step-up and step-in or speak up even if it risks your job or bodily harm! This shit we men let Neanderthals get away with HAS TO STOP… like yesterday already!!!! 😡

          Are there ANY of these types of men in the Redskins organization!?

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        • The Redskins organization? You mean the one having a racist name, a racist mascot, and a racist owner? [sarcasm intended]

          Professor, I’m glad your alternative lifestyle produces positive social interaction. Unfortunately, it just isn’t that easy for most people. We’ve covered the general societal problems/solutions of sexuality before, so I won’t revisit it here; but, in this particular case, remedial action is readily available. The NFL can exert effective pressure on it teams, and the DOJ can investigate any criminal behavior and prosecute if warranted.

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        • True and much agreed Robert. I wonder… will the NFL treat this exactly the same way they treated the factual CTE problem among most all retired NFL players and Dr. Bennet Omalu’s clear compelling evidence… AND get away with it? 🤨 Like racism, sexism, homophobia, and a list of other illegal and immoral behaviors, when they are so deeply embedded in the social psyche because of fear and passivity, it will likely take a long, long time, lots of expense, and non-stop proof and fighting to change things. :/

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        • Yes, American culture is so dominated by aggression and self-interest that changing prevailing attitudes on sex, etc. is an insurmountable task for all practical purposes. However, changing specific behaviors is more feasible. Our nation has already done this on racism and homophobia through the establishment and enforcement of law, the judicial validation of such law, as well as through principled leadership in effecting change at the top of our country’s large social institutions. When I was a child, overt discrimination against blacks was rampant and atrocities committed against blacks were not uncommon. Race relations are still poor and now getting worse, but at least this overt behavior has been controlled. Likewise, I never thought I’d see the day when same-sex couples could marry; yet, this has indeed happened.

          The NFL, for all its faults, does not want negative publicity. The CTE problem hit it very hard, and the league is slowly but steadily moving in the right direction. Why? Because they have no other choice. What it fears most is that parents and schools will steer away from organized football which would eventually undermine the popular support for their sport. The negative publicity resulting from this and other incidents involving team cheerleaders is also problematic. In addition to the Washington Redskins fiasco, the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints have been recently implicated in gender discrimination against their cheerleaders. How has the NFL reacted so far? See: N.F.L. Agrees to Meet Cheerleaders’ Lawyer, but Doesn’t Accept Settlement Proposal

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        • Read that article Robert, and it is so agitating how the NFL attorneys speak/write in a tone of apathy and dismissal. I mean, AT LEAST say that you acknowledge the seriousness of the cheerleader’s allegations! Sure, all litigation requires due process and both sides have preliminary postures. BUT if you are confident that no infractions were ever commited, then DO NOT arrogantly blow off the legally-filed complaints/allegations like a Mob-Boss would to their victims. To me, that suggests quite a bit without even reaching a judge and courtroom. 🤨

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        • It’s just legal posturing. What I found most compelling about the story was: 1) that the NFL even agreed to get involved at all (they didn’t have to – the potential defendants would be the two respective teams), and 2) that the cheerleaders’ lawyer took the NFL’s involvement on good faith while reserving the right to refile the gender discrimination complaints at a later date.

          We, the public, probably won’t see the communication between the NFL and its teams regarding these cheerleader issues; however, I do believe that it has and will continue to occur. Like I said before, it won’t change attitudes but it probably will alter behavior; and, that can only be a good thing.

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