Gender Mercies — A regular reader of this site requests YOUR comments on: Adding a MALE to the UCLA Dance Team
Hi everyone. Yesterday, I received an email from a longtime BeatSC.com reader, who is about to be entering UCLA as a new student. He would like to hear your opinions of a MALE joining the legendary UCLA Dance Team, which, to this point, has always been exclusively female.
The Spirit Squad is made up of FOUR units: The Dance Team, The Cheer Squad, The Yell Crew, and The Mascots. Males have always, for as long as I can remember, been a huge part of the last three of those units. Personally, I would like to keep the Dance Team exclusively female. I detailed my feeling about this in my article after the Auditions this May, because there was a Male trying out for Dance. Here is a link to that article: http://beatsc.com/my-heart-is-breaking-bad/#comments .
Again, I apologize for my strongly-worded opinion. I don’t want to appear sexist, old-fashioned, or inconsiderate of anyone’s rights to pursue their dreams — But I have to be honest with you and share my real feelings, as outdated or out-of-touch as they may be.
Anyway, this kind, polite reader asked me to elicit YOUR opinions on this issue. Please be nice in your responses — for all I know, this reader IS the young man who auditioned for the team.
Thanks. Now just to get this article more exposure, here are the last 50 photos I want to share from those very same 2016 Auditions.