By David D. Dodge
On May 3 of this year, the NY Times featured a page 1 story on the Washington Redskins’ cheerleaders describing an “uneasy trip to Costa Rica in 2013.” The Redskins had taken their cheerleading squad to an adults-only resort in Costa Rica for a calendar photo shoot. According to the Times report, 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.
But then things quickly became even more concerning for several of the cheerleaders when they were required to be topless during some of the photo shoots, even though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. These photo sessions were even more concerning to the cheerleaders when they learned that, according to the Times, “a contingent of team sponsors and suite holders – all men – were granted up-close access to the photo shoots.” [Continue reading]