Some of the discussion about Science Cheerleaders has devolved into a focus on the “thoughts” inside the minds of the girls/women who “choose” to cheer and of the boys/men who “choose” to leer.
The underlying assumption is that hott sexxay bangable is a bug in the cheerleading program, and if people just “open their minds” and “change their thinking”, then this bug can be rooted out. The problem with this notion is that hott sexxay bangable is not a bug in cheerleading; it’s a feature. In fact, it’s the killer app.
None of this has anything to do with particular thoughts in individual people’s minds. Cheerleading is one cog in a complex machine of indoctrination into heteronormative patriarchal oppression.
Viewing it as the individualized choices of individual girls/women to cheer and individual boys/men to leer is grossly insufficient to understand what is really going on.
(And by the way, in relation to this discussion thread, do people really believe it’s just a coincidence that it happens to be in the context of science cheerleading that two gibbering dumfuckes whipped out their fucken dickes and started jousting over the hott crazy smart science chicks they banged and whether they got sloppy seconds? Yeah, this is all about “thoughts” in individual people’s minds, and changing people’s “perspectives”. Sure thing.)