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BrianBailey
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BrianBailey   6/10/2012 3:08:25 PM
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Maybe we should get cheerleaders for cricket. Nah, it would interfere with the tea breaks

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KB3001   6/9/2012 12:08:45 PM
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Sadly, I have seen this kind of objectification of women in many science and engineering event in the past (not just in the US but Europe and Asia too). I have always been uncomfortable with it but it seems that many engineers do not mind... and perhaps secretly approve of it!

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KB3001   6/9/2012 12:06:45 PM
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If and when they introduce cheerleaders to Football (that's Soccer for American readership) I shall lose faith in all forms of sport :-)

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Brian@BDH   6/9/2012 4:35:58 AM
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Re: "Is it because American football is so boring that it needs some real entertainment" So...... If your statement/reasoning [hidden as a question] is correct, then the same must be true for DAC. You basically said 'use cheerleaders when the event itself is boring'. "American football" is not boring - if you think it is, then you are probably just not capable of understanding it. Do you think "American football" is the only sport that has cheerleaders? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheerleading

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BrianBailey   6/8/2012 10:51:35 PM
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By force, I do not mean just physically - I also mean implied, coerced, suggested or any other way that asked to dress in ways that are not "normal" business wear for them.

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BrianBailey   6/8/2012 10:49:59 PM
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If they are company employees who choose to dress like that and are not forced to, then there is nothing I can do about it. It is their personal choice. If they are hired to dress like that, then shame. Also if any company thinks it will make me look at their products more seriously, then they are badly mistaken.

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old account Frank Eory   6/8/2012 8:22:07 PM
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Let's not forget the "booth babes", ever-present at any trade show, including DAC.

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garydpdx   6/8/2012 7:10:40 PM
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Personally, I would side with Peggy on this one. While there is one context at a football game, it is not the case with most conferences - including DAC. University or high school cheerleading is one thing, it has become a sport with acrobatics and gymnastics (in fact, at C2MTL a couple of weeks ago, we had Cirque du Soleil do a brief number before Guy Laliberte's keynote). But this was the 49'ers, not Stanford (maybe featuring a cameo by John Hennessy?).

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