Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform during a timeout against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders’ handbook for cheerleaders is ridiculously sexist


In a piece published in the Los Angeles Times on Monday, Robin Abcarian revealed sections of a secret handbook given by the Oakland Raiders to cheerleaders. The advice dispensed is about as sexist as you can imagine it being.

While the section on dining etiquette is pretty deplorable, it’s the section on dating that truly takes the sexist cake (and then orders that cake to go into the kitchen to make a pie). For example, there’s a bit of advice basically saying, “Hey, so you could potentially be raped, and that would be bad for your reputation. So, uh, try not to let that happen.” Check it out for yourself:

One such example concerns a player who gave Halloween parties every year and many of the Raiderettes attended. This same player was suspended from the team for drug use but also arrested for date rape. For you on the squad who have attended those parties, just think how narrowly you missed having your photo in all the local papers and/or being assaulted.

The sage advice continues (bold-lettering theirs):

For this reason, RAIDERETTES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ATTEND PARTIES AT PLAYERS’ HOMES…FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DATE A PLAYER OR FORMER PLAYER, MAKE SURE HE UNDERSTANDS THAT PLAYER PARTIES ARE OFF LIMITS TO YOU.

Yes, you read that right. The reason why cheerleaders aren’t allowed to attend parties is because bad things could occur, and it’s on the shoulders of said cheerleaders to prevent those bad things from happening. And the players? How do they factor into this? Well, they’re not responsible for bad-thing prevention. Nope, not one iota.

If you want to read more of the nauseating guide, head on over to the Times.

(The Raiders are currently being sued by a cheerleader for labor violations.)

[Source: Los Angeles Times]

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  • PJ

    New all time low! MD is making a mockery of this organization! I cant even bring myself to tell anyone what fan I have been for 40 years! We are the Tommy Boys laughing stock of the NFL!

  • pjmokate

    The most beautiful cheerleaders in professional sports! Raiders are a $800 mil. organization and they pay them less then the fat hot dog guy selling dogs in the stands? How embarrassing! Pay our f’n hotties right!

  • bigninaross

    It sounds pretty bad and yet, they all sign up and keep cheering every year. This is not their means of income. Most are in school or trying to become dancers or models or something in that field. These aren’t poor uneducated little ladies that have nothing else to turn to. If its that horrible, don’t sign up.

    • arrowheadaddict

      Why is it always one the woman in these situations? So the want to be cheerleaders on one of only 32 squads in the world but since the employers are sexist, they just have to not pursue their goals?

      How about this? How about men stop being sexist scumbags and stop blaming women for getting treated like crap by men?

      • bigninaross

        I’m not saying it’s their fault. I’m just saying if they’re really being treated that badly, then find a different team or a different avenue to achieve their goals. Don’t stick around and deal with that BS. There are plenty of other options.