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Superb Seniors Victorious in Powderpuff Game

By: Kaitlin Troha

Homecoming week is ALWAYS full of activities, one of the most popular being the Powderpuff football game. Teams of Junior and senior girls face off on Rexilius field for the blue-and-gold tradition, supported from the sidelines by the powderpuff cheerleaders. Led by returning quarterback Claire Hyde, the senior girls captured a spectacular victory over the juniors on Monday, with a final score of 33-6. The halftime show featured the senior powderpuff dancers, who performed both at the game and at the pep assembly on Thursday. But is there a deeper message to powderpuff?

Many critics argue that powderpuff is sexist and demeaning to the girls who play. They say that the game pokes fun at reversing the gender roles by having the girls participate in a traditionally male sport while the boys act as the cheerleaders and that the drastic rule differences (shorter games with no tackling) futhers the stereotype that girls are “too delicate” to play ordinary football - even the name is based on the makeup-application pads so commonly associated with any and all girls.

But no worries! Under the 1972 law in the United States called Title X, gender discrimination is banned in all aspects of education, including sports. Today, while football may not be offered as one of the many choices of sports for girls in highschool, powderpuff football encourages girls to be athletic and participate in the game. Since they’re choosing to play, it’s more akin to breaking down the barrier of sexism instead of building it higher, so we can still enjoy this HOCO tradition hopefully for years to come.

Sources: Schloskey, Jessica, and Anuva Goel. "Gridiron girls: is powder-puff football demeaning to women?" Current Events, a Weekly Reader publication, vol. 111, no. 8, 14 Nov. 2011, p. 7. Gale In Context: High School, Accessed 17 Sept. 2021.

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