Being 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:
-Talking "about last night"
-Don't try talk about your personal life: job, boyfriends, what you're doing later, etc…
-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):
Do you think your boss has a right to tell you how to take care of your vagina?