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Comments on consent; Cheerleading a Sport?

July 25, 2016
Posted at 3:34 pm

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have sent me comments on my story.

Most of them were from people who, like me, were disturbed by all the non-consensual touching in many NiS stories. I wouldn't go so far as to say that all such stories are bad. "The Magnificent Mysterians" by DrBill is a very good story that takes a realistic look at the effects of the touching policy. That work also inspired me to make some of my changes to program rules; I wouldn't have made the switch to "Program students may use the bathrooms associated with their own gender" without it.

I also had one person inform me that California now considers cheerleading a competitive sport, not an activity. However, I based the choice for my story on Biediger v. Quinnipiac University.

Personally, I don't care what choice others may make about cheerleading being a sport for their stories. In my story, however, I can't see school officials making the claim to Program officials that cheerleading is a sport so soon after the Dudek ruling went against them. Cheering will remain an activity instead.