Cheerleaders Spanked Over “Save Your Bumps” Breast Cancer Tees

Jessica Wakeman | October 18, 2011 - 4:40 pm

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means every day brings us 16 different stories of pink boobie paraphernalia banned from schools. Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Arizona is the latest school seeing red over pink. The administration said the cheerleading squad’s pink T-shirts reading “Feel for lumps, save your bumps” was an “objectionable slogan” and inappropriate for two upcoming football games. Now the shirts have been banned.

“In no way is the school administration against Breast Cancer Awareness Month or initiatives students might take in support of it,” the school principal told Arizona Republic. “We just want to make sure we’re in the bounds of appropriate boundaries of a school setting.” Perhaps someone should have told the squad that before they ordered 56 T-shirts for a cool $470.

All things considered, “Feel for lumps, save your bumps” is a lot less risqué than other breast cancer awareness-related stuff that schools have banned, like “I (heart) boobies” bracelets and “Save second base” tees. In my mind, those cross the line for a school setting. And unfortunately for administrators who have a vested interest in not sexualizing their young charges, there probably are not many ways for kids to talk about breast cancer that don’t directly refer to ta-tas. It sort of goes with the territory, you know? It seems to me Gilbert High School should wise up and let their cheerleaders wear their “Feel for lumps” shirts, because it could be a lot worse!

[Madame Noire]

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