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Unformatted text preview: comments made me feel inferior because by default I was labeled as unintelligent and marginalized as powerless. As my cheerleading days progressed, I grew accustom to the biased views of some of my peers. For example, on the day of homecoming it is tradition to wear a football player’s jersey, and a fellow peer asked me if I was wearing my boyfriend’s jersey. I told her it definitely was not and asked why she had assumed that. She simply replied with, “I thought all cheerleaders go out with football players.” This statement not only shocked me, but also completely caught me off guard because it not only is dehumanizing, but also proves the strength of the media’s influence on their consumers. These negative social constructions I experienced in high school filled me with new found motivation: to break ill views and to focus on someone’s internal qualities....
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- Winter '09
- American football, Professor Rodrigues, negative social constructions