bootie shorts, hooker makeup, and that teased out ponytail

Please don’t send me hate mail about cheerleader bashing.  I’m not philosophically opposed to this particular extracurricular activity or invested in bringing down the pom pom industry. As a matter of fact, I’ve grown quite fascinated with high school and college cheerleading competitions – now those are some serious dance and gymnastic skills on display.

And yet I can’t help but struggle with the gym nearby.

For real, though…my inbox can’t take a massive influx of cheer mom angst, so let’s keep the uproar to a minimum.

There’s a gym down the street for cheerleaders.  They offer classes and private lessons, and they host several levels of highly competitive cheer teams.

Shortly after we moved to this neighborhood Bear expressed an interest in taking classes there. I’ll admit I had a skewed view of cheerleading when I was younger – it seemed like a popular girl’s thing, a way to hang out with football players and get invited to cool parties, but not an actual sport.  It took years for me to gain a better perspective.

So I kept an open mind when Bear said she wanted to try it out.  I promised to research the gym, look into the classes offered, and make an informed decision.

But then I pulled up their website and holy Mary, mother of God, the way those girls looked…my mouth dropped open at the sight.

Tiny skirts and booty shorts.  Halter tops showing off lots of midriff, or sheer material revealing body parts best covered up.  On girls as young as six!

Putting the uniforms aside – and they wouldn’t take up much space seeing as they use next to no material at all – have you seen the make up on these little girls?!  My word, they’re done up like hookers on the strip.

I grasp the need for a performance look during competitions – they’re cheering for judges from a distance and want to make an impact – but surely “performance makeup” for the six- to ten-year-old range doesn’t have to involve lipstick, blush, shadow, thick eyeliner, and gobs of mascara.  Add the teased hair and you’ve got a real party going on.

Don’t get me wrong, if your child’s into cheerleading and pursues this as a sport they’re training their bodies to do incredible things, physical feats that have always been far beyond my capabilities.  A well developed routine combining music, dance, gymnastics, and synchronization is a sight to behold.

But adults spackling makeup onto young girls then dressing them in overly revealing outfits only distracts from their athletic accomplishments.

7 thoughts on “bootie shorts, hooker makeup, and that teased out ponytail

  1. I’m 100% with you. I fail to see why the sexualiziation/exploitation/glamorizing of little girls is a thing. It’s strange to me. I go round and round with some friends on this stuff. Scholarships are awesome, but for my daughters, not. that. way. Call me a prude, tell me I’m judgmental, but NOPE.
    A woman can own and use her sexuality as she pleases. A little girl? NOPE.

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    • It truly escapes me. I know several girls who compete with the teams and I flinch when I see their photos. It’s just too much — too much skin, too much face paint, too much taking the little girl out and making her look too grown. It’s funny, I’ve never thought of myself as a prude, but when I see those cheer team pics? [shudder]

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      • Well I KNOW I’m not a prude, but I’ve heard it said. You probably aren’t either. Some of these girls are from families who otherwise would never let them out of the house like that, so I am with you, it truly escapes me.

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  2. I don’t like it either. Could it be that these are more like a beauty pageants, that they get all made up? I can’t stand seeing those either. My daughter was a cheerleader all through school. They weren’t in any competition for prizes, or for show. They worked their butts off, learning the cheers in practice and at the games. If it isn’t classified as a sport, it should be. They sometimes worked harder than the football players did. It can be dangerous with falling injuries, too.

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    • They definitely look like beauty pageant dolls but I’ve seen clips of their routines, they’re doing really tough stuff. Gymnastics and tosses and pyramids — I know they must be working hard to nail those routines.

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