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As the #MeToo movement coalesced last fall, another national conversation was tapering off. Dozens of NFL players took a knee, prompting the country to debate how much control coaches and handlers should have over the conduct of their players. But another question has come to the fore, one that—like #MeToo—revolves around gender and power: How much control should the NFL have over its cheerleaders?

Earlier this year, Baily Davis, a former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, filed a complaint with the EEOC after she was fired for posting a picture of herself on Instagram. Davis, and others, claim that policies enforced on NFL cheerleading teams violate the NFL’s non-discrimination policy. Meanwhile, last month the LA Rams announced they would make history by hiring two male cheerleaders. So today we’re taking a look at how the sport of cheerleading has evolved, and what will happen when men enter the mix.   

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