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Non-profit speaks out against Jell-O wrestling tradition

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The Cedar Valley Friends of the Family is speaking out against the video of Cedar Falls High School students wrestling in Jell-O.

Executive Director Ben Brustkern says that the organization works "on shaping a future free of violence and homelessness" and this video struck a cord with them because he says it is "un-doing" their work to prevent domestic violence.

"This video is a direct contrast to all the work we do with our coaching boys into men program up in Bremer County," Brustkern said. "The objectification of women is what pushes toward future domestic violence. We're not saying that the kids - that that's what's going to lead them there. What we're saying is we don't want this to become a normalized behavior."

After watching the video on KWWL, the non-profit released the following statement to the public through Facebook.

 

Reasons why this event should not be supported:

1. It promotes a community that supports violence. If violence between women is encouraged, what is preventing violence between a man and a woman?

2. It promotes the objectification of women....

"Gettin' girls in the Jell-O!" Why aren't any males wrestling?

3. Why was taking the opponent's shirt off the main goal of the competition? Is this how to get attention and respect from others? It is saying that a woman's body is more important than her values and morals.

4. The presence of local law enforcement for "crowd control" is extremely disturbing. Their role is to protect the citizens of our community, not encourage violence and promote the objectification of women.

5. The officer pictured being hugged by a female student in her sports bra while he smiled has lost respect as a professional in the community. Our hope is that proper action is being taken to prevent further incidents like this from occurring.

6. The fact that this is a tradition that has been going on for years and no action has been taken is unsettling. Once is one time too many.

7. To the parents in support of their children taking part: you are telling your daughters that it is acceptable to be objects to men. If you are unwilling to go on air to defend this, then obviously you aren't in full support of it.

8. To the ladies who were wrestling: your self-worth is much more and you deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

9. To the people who were cheering the wrestlers on: please know that objectifying women is not tolerable. Research shows that objectification leads to future violence.

To the people who knew about the event but chose to not attend or support the activity: We respect your pride and decision to stand up against objectification and violence against women.

 

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