Cheerleaders' 'Vagina Maintenance Handbook' Is All Kinds of Wrong (PHOTOS)

jills code of conductBeing a professional cheerleader is hard work -- you've got to train, eat right, travel, always be, uh ... cheerful. But being a cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills -- or a Jill as they're called -- is even harder.

You've got to keep your vagina clean.

(Not sure what that means exactly? Don't worry, we'll give you all the details below.)

As a result of a lawsuit brought against the Buffalo Bills by five former Jills, certain documents have come to light, including the code of conduct Jills are expected to follow. Some of these rules make sense, such as the one about cheerleaders being allowed only a certain number of absences before they're let go.

Others are, oh, a little more condescending: "Always say "excuse me" when you burp, sneeze or cough. Even if you think there isn't anyone around." And: "Make-up left in the creases of your skin creates early wrinkles."

But still others (related to the aformentioned clean vagina) are downright ridiculous.

According to rules in the "glamour, hygiene, and etiquette" section of the NFL Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders Agreement & Codes of Conduct 2013-2014:

7. ALWAYS shower after a work out and change undergarments.

11. Intimate area's [sic]: Never use a deodorant or chemically enhanced product. Simple, non-deodorant soap will help maintain the right PH balance.

12. When menstruating, use a product that [sic] right for your menstrual flow. A tampon too big can irritate and develop fungus. A product left in too long can cause bacteria or fungus build up. Products can be changed at least every 4 hours. Except when sleeping, they can be left in for the night.

Since when is your vagina your employer's business? Does the code of conduct for football team players have similar rules? Perhaps something about cleaning their sweaty balls after a game? Or which way to pack it into their uniform? Doubt. It.

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Billy Haisley at Deadspin points out, "A Jill is paid next to nothing -- no money for gameday cheering, none for practice, none for the bulk of her minimum 20 personal appearances, none from the tips she receives but must turn in during the mandatory Jills Golf Tournament." Yet despite that, according to TMZ, many current Jills are still cheering on their employer:

According to one cheerleader -- who wishes to remain anonymous -- 'If you think about it ... white uniforms, kick lines, lots of bending over ... [guidelines are] a no-brainer to me.' She continues, 'There's no need to get that specific, but I'm not offended. It falls into the personal hygiene category.'

No surprise that she wants to remain anonymous, the code of conduct also includes this rule:

Always avoid:



-Sexual references

-Talking "about last night"

-Don't try talk about your personal life: job, boyfriends, what you're doing later, etc…

-Inappropriate jokes

-Strong opinions


-Saying "I" or "me" too often.

The Jills cheer team has currently shut down operations in the wake of these revelations and the impending lawsuit.

Take a look here, to see the entire code of conduct (you won't be disappointed):


Jills Glamour Etiquette Hygiene Rules

Jills Codes of Conduct 2013 2014


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Sarah... SarahHall58

I'm on the fence about this one. When you first read it is maddening but as you think about it, they are in a position where that part of their body is somewhat on display. Yes it's not right but you do have to tell people not to drink bleach...telling them how to care for themselves might be needed. So I'm on the fence..... That doesn't happen to me very often.

the4m... the4mutts

If you were a cheerleader, having to lift, and hold up other girls, with their ass and crotch sometimes near your face, would you want them to have stank cootch? Would you, as a coach/boss, want the girls flipping, jumping, etc, and having a bloody mishap for all the world to see?

Not to mention, these aren't "rules" as much as tips. They certainly wont be checking your panties for cleanliness, or measuring your flow to tampon size ratio.

Does it really hurt for an athletic coach to give hygeine tips? There are, after all, some of you bloggers that think your period is all blood that can clot.

youth... youthfulsoul

I'm not offended and those Jill's who are must have bad hygiene to start with.

2love 2love

Not offensive at all .they wear tiny skirts and shorts and kick their legs in the air, lift each other up and do a lot of moving. Yes some women do need hygiene hints. Not everyone is clean as the next. So they're leaving no room for error.

nonmember avatar MK

How do they make a living if they arnt paid for game time, practices and have to turn in tips from their 20 mandatory public apearances?

BGarcel BGarcel

This is standard practice... nothing controversial here... Consider modeling agencies. They have similar handbooks. It's the nature of the modeling industry to care about these sorts of things.

Wileen Byroads


Guest27 Guest27

I don't think its offensive, they seem to be tips to help maintain healthy hygiene. As far as grooming, there are many careers that have similiar guidelines on how you present yourself. I worked for a retail company that had guidelines about how to keep up a "natural" appearance, I also was a flight attendant that had similiar grooming policies. These contracts are presented to employees upon hire, if you don't agree with the terms, then don't sign the contract. 

Kerse... Kerseygeek

Most pro cheerleaders are also required to hold a job, that is how they make a living.

I think the handbook is meant as a guide on how you should care for yourself since you are representing the organization. I don't think it's meant to come across as an "in your business" rule book. As others said, they are showing themselves off quite a bit and maintaining hygiene is important. If they don't mention it then they will probably have hygiene issues to confront every now and then and this avoids that. I want to know why the girls bringing the suit have a problem. Were they violating these rules? Is so, just eww.

Tracys2 Tracys2

Makes me hate cheerleading more than ever. But then, I like the idea of painting my finger nails whatever and whenever I want and having strong opinions. Good thing I've never had a job where appearance was more of a factor than skill- hope none of my kids ever do either. Yes, I see why, but I don't have to approve of it. Ick.

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