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The Girls Play Football, The Boys Work the Crowd

The annual Powder Puff game was a blue and gold affair.

The scoreboard said the Gold Team won 22 - 16 but really it was the fans who went home with a face full of smile after the annual Powder Puff game at the Benicia High School's Drolette Stadium.

Lisa Archer May 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM
This headline seems to suggest that teenage female cheerleaders at regular football games are "eye candy," which is a little disturbing coming from a middle-aged website editor. Just sayin
JB Davis (Editor) May 27, 2011 at 02:48 PM
You are correct, in this context I shouldn't have used the term 'eye candy'. It was an attempt at humor gone awry.
Shirin Samiljan May 27, 2011 at 04:25 PM
I think the entire Powder Puff ritual is an attempt at humor gone awry. Why is it funny to set up "gender norms" as a point of humor and ridicule? I went to a school that had a history of a Domino Game (black players playing against white players). That would NOT be funny in this era. One can only hope that at some point the Powder Puff game will no longer be funny either.
Ann Marie May 27, 2011 at 07:21 PM
I think people should just relax and take it all as it was meant to be...A fun night for the Seniors to mix it up a bit and have a memorable Senior Year, while entertaining the crowd. If they were having fun and not offended by anything that went on why can't everyone else just lighten up? So sad.
Shirin Samiljan May 27, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Because part of addressing LBGT bullying is addressing our underlying prejudices and recognizing that some "funny" activities may not be perceived as humorous by all. I think Christmas pantomimes where guys dress up in drag is pretty funny, myself. I like RuPaul and I've got a pretty good sense of humor when it comes to Monty Python and other goofiness. I don't feel comfortable with Powder Puff at Benicia High where the student body has not shown itself to be mature in regards to LGBTQIA issues. Most of the kids aren't comfortable talking about WHY they're laughing at the boys in the first place. But it's not as if it's going to be shut down any time soon, so I'm glad teh kids had a good time. I'm just not a fan of it myself.
Ann Marie May 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM
I am with you 100% on addressing LGBT and sometimes GLBT (technically those are the correct acronyms/abbreviations for what you are referring to) bullying, as iIt is TRULY unacceptable in our society. I also agree that half of the kids are not mature enough on these issues, nor do they even understand what we are talking about, which is exactly why we do not need to make it more than it is, except a fun memorable night. We all laughed at the boys not because we were making fun of them, but because they were willing to entertain us and truly be cheerleaders! They did an AMAZING show and actually learned the REAL routines that the girls cheerleading squads did for us during football season. The fact that they were willing to do that says quite a bit for their character as well. And they were even "eye candy" for some of the girls in the stands. I could hear many of them saying "How cute" so and so was in their uniforms. All I wanted to say was that is it okay for you not to be a fan of it, but not condemn all of us that had a wonderful time at a very fun event that was not meant to offend anyone in anyway.
Jonathan Seymour May 28, 2011 at 09:11 AM
Wow...

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