• Petitioned Robin Flores

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Jessica Hunt
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Sarah Melton
Ken Bonzon
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Billy Phillips
Kirsten Seiter
Hoop Camp
Jeff Brown
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Mark Hapka
Mark Cuban
Mark Kent
Cheryl Karalla
The Dallas Mavericks NBA team

Tell the Dallas Mavericks Dancers to cease use of the naughty nurse

    1. Petition by

      The Truth About Nursing

Tonight, as the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks played the New Jersey Nets, the Mavericks Dancers entertained the crowd and a large television audience at half-time by dressing in naughty nurse outfits and doing a sexually-oriented dance to the tune of Robert Palmer's "Bad Case of Loving You." Unfortunately, the tired but persisten tnaughty nurse stereotype in this dance undermines real nurses' claims to the resources and respect they need to save lives. We urge the Mavericks to avoid future use of naughty nurse imagery, and to make amends for the damage caused, perhaps with a donation to a Dallas area nursing school.

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At the game in Dallas, the Dancers entertained the crowd and the television audience by performing an athletic but sexually-oriented dance on court for about a minute, as Robert Palmer's "Bad Case of Loving You" played, completing the health care theme. The Dancers wore red and white short shorts and skimpy tops, along with nurses' caps, all decorated with crosses. In fact, while the crosses on the dancers' shorts were white, the ones on their caps were actually red, which presents the additional risk that entities like Johnson & Johnson and the American Red Cross might begin legal tussling over the use of the red cross image.

In any case, the Mavericks Dancers' naughty nurse routine is a personal foul. The association of such sexual imagerywith nursingimpedes efforts to persuade the public that nursing is a modern profession for college-educated women and men. We understand that the outfits were intended to be fun, but this "joke" is one that the global mass media has repeated hundreds of times over the last few decades, creating a damaging stereotype that nursing is all about female sexuality. One result is that real nurses have trouble getting the respect and resources they need to save lives. It is difficult to take seriously a profession that is so often the target of this kind of sexual imagery, which also discourages able men and women from entering nursing.

No pill is going to cure this ill. Instead, we hope that in the future the Dancers will wear other outfits, since the nursing ones are obviously unnecessary to their mission. And there is still enough time on the clock for the Mavericks to make amends to the nursing profession for the damage already caused. We suggest a significant donation to a local nursing school.

Please click on the "petition letter" tab to sign the letter. Thank you!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Caroline Regan MONROE, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a future nurse, and think this gives nurses a poor image

    • Melody Ziobro MT UPTON, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I love nursing. I teach nursing. I have been a registered professional nurse for many years. I am proud of my profession. I love basketball and I will not watch the Dallas Mavericks again in this lifetime.

    • Kathleen Shields CHARLOTTE, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      As a new RN, it bothers me to see my profession disrespected with scantily clad women dressed as nurses.

    • Carol Fisher LAKE WORTH, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Cheer Leaders do not save lives.

    • Kristie Hartig GARDEN GROVE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I seek to improve the public's perception of nursing as a profession. Portrayals of this nature do not promote the nursing profession, but jade the public's perception with unwarranted stereotypes.


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