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Cheerleader Falsities

February 25, 2010
By ButterflyGirl1313 PLATINUM, Phoenix, Arizona
ButterflyGirl1313 PLATINUM, Phoenix, Arizona
26 articles 2 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"..and these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds, they are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.." -David Bowie

Ok, so Cheerleaders have a rep for being preppy.
Everyone knows that, it's like one of the rules of Society.
However, not every single one of them is like that.
I know a ton of chill, down to earth, girls that are cheerleaders that aren't that total blond, stupid, preppy, stereotype, people make cheerleaders out to be.
So just out of pure frustration and boredom I'm going to list the fallacies people believe about cheerleaders.

1) Cheerleaders are idiots and have no brains.

WRONG!!! First off, cheerleaders have to be pretty smart when it comes to stunts and choreography.
They have to remember all the moves, all the cheers, and all the stunts so they don't mess up in front of people.
That's a lot of stuff to memorize.
Second, cheerleaders have to maintain at least a C average to remain on the squad.
That's a lot higher than what some of you judgmental hypocrites make in your classes.

2) Cheerleaders are girly-girls who don't know the meaning of hard work.

Cheerleaders have to keep up their grades and then after school, while some of you lounge on the couch snacking, they're practicing two hours every day after school!
And then after practicing for two hours and it's now like 5:30 when they get home, and they have to do their homework that will take like an hour or more.
So by the end of the day, they are exhausted and have probably done more "work" in a day than you guys have done in a week.
And for all of you guys that think you have it hard with homework and after school activities, you guys have the weekend to relax.
Cheerleaders have games and pep rallies and fundraisers and practices.
They don't get to just chill on the weekends like you do.
I'm not saying that cheerleading is more of a sport or more work than other things, I'm saying that cheer is just as hard, just as stressful and just as time consuming as any other sport or activity.
So don't belittle it.

3) Cheerleaders are all preps.

No way.
A majority of the girls are preppy and whatever but they are not ALL like that!
They have brains, they're individuals.
They can think for themselves and you don't have to be preppy to be a cheerleader.
It goes the same way for every thing else.
For example, I'm preppy-ish, (I say this with clenched teeth) but if you know the people I hang out with you know that they are so different.
You don't have to be scene to hang out with the scene kids, you don't have to be a drama fanatic to talk to the theatre crew and you don't have to be preppy to be cheerleader!
4) Cheerleaders can't run worth crap.

This is the one that ticks me of the most because it's one of the most believed and one of the biggest lies of all cheerleader myths.
For instance, today my P.E. teacher was talking to a girl about how she was running with her arms at her sides and waving her hands.
The teacher yells at her and says, "You're running like a cheerleader!"
Offensive much???
Yeah, I thought so.
Through out the class period she just kept saying how running like a cheerleader was deflecting her abilities as an athlete.
Ticked me off so much.
My lip was bleeding by the time the bell rang from biting it to keep from saying anything.
Cheerleaders are very athletic.
A friend of mine plans on trying out next year and she is constantly working out and stretching and running.
And when you're on the squad, at practice, you run around the track a couple times just for warm ups.

That's running around the track, every day, after school, several times.
That's more exercise than a bunch of you do every day.
To be a cheerleader you have to be fit and have devotion.
It's not that blow off sport that some of you make it out to be.
It's hard work and and very time consuming.
So I hope you think about that the next time you decide to trash cheerleaders.

Leave you're comments please I wanna know what you guys think of cheerleaders!

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This article has 11 comments.

tsa502 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 1:28 pm
tsa502 BRONZE, Plaquemine, Louisiana
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I don't think all cheerleaders are the same. Even though I am not a cheerleader, I understand where they are coming from. Cheerleaders should be given the same honor and respect as everyone else. From my point of view, I do believe that cheerleading is a sport.

on May. 2 2010 at 10:44 pm
ButterflyGirl1313 PLATINUM, Phoenix, Arizona
26 articles 2 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"..and these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds, they are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.." -David Bowie

The thing is, it is just some words thrown together. Not a story. Wasn't even meant to be read yet 380 people have read it.

on May. 1 2010 at 10:50 am
hello.beautiful PLATINUM, New York, New York
35 articles 29 photos 67 comments

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Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. -Habakkuk 1:5

I agree with everything you have to say one hundred and twenty percent!

I was a cheerleader for 4 years, and let me tell you it takes so much dedication, hard work, and determination. There is so much pressure involved with the sport. It may not be as excruciating in the athletic departmenet compared to other contact sports- but it is still just as difficult. It takes not only an athlete in top physical shape to be a great cheerleader, but also mentally you must be strong. Cheerleading is a sport. A very tough one at that.

on Apr. 2 2010 at 2:06 pm
theblazingstar101 GOLD, Foley, Alabama
10 articles 1 photo 21 comments

I agree you're right...but this isn't an article. It's just a rant, and it's written like you're insulting the people reading it. I mean, I'm reading it, and from what I'm reading, you just called me a judgmental hypocrit for making low grades.

And then you talk about how some guys think they have it hard with homework and afterschool activities, and again, it feels like you're insulting me. I have been kickboxing for five years. And you're telling me that I'm a lazy hypocrite?

Honestly, I do agree with you, but I'm annoyed by your article. To make an effective point, you should rewrite it because the way I'm reading it, this sounds like you're whining and insulting me.

on Mar. 22 2010 at 6:47 pm
ButterflyGirl1313 PLATINUM, Phoenix, Arizona
26 articles 2 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"..and these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds, they are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.." -David Bowie

wow! I didn't even mean for this to be an article! I was just ranting on my blog on myspace! I never imagined it would be this popular! Thanks you guys!

on Mar. 19 2010 at 1:14 pm
alwayssunshine PLATINUM, Charlotte, North Carolina
24 articles 5 photos 147 comments
Rock on! At my school, all the cheerleaders are smart, nerdy girls! (in a good way)

on Mar. 18 2010 at 3:06 pm
DeadlyPoppy PLATINUM, Chehalis, Washington
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"Is mayonnaise an instrument?" -Patrick, Spongebob Squarepants

This article is pretty good, aside from the fact it's terribly written. Try rewriting it: same concept, but have someone proofread it so that it actually looks like a story and not some words you threw together.

PoAph SILVER said...
on Mar. 11 2010 at 8:39 am
PoAph SILVER, New Delhi, Other
5 articles 1 photo 9 comments

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"You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."
- Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

This is so true!

on Mar. 8 2010 at 8:52 am
toxic.monkey SILVER, Tashkent, Other
6 articles 0 photos 210 comments

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"Homo homini lupus"

you know, it's really not very convincing when you use stereotypes to get rid of stereotypes. as in, saying that most cheerleaders are preppy - generalization. or, cheerleaders do more exercise than most of you people out there - generalization, "drama fanatics" - stereotype.

on Mar. 6 2010 at 1:03 pm
a.warren BRONZE, Billings, Montana
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"Fear only fear it`s self"

I know how hard it is one of my friends is a cheerleader. eople make fun of her for being a blonde and a cheerleader, but she has butter grades then most of the idoits that say that stuff

on Mar. 4 2010 at 9:15 pm
Destiny21 SILVER, Wendover, Nevada
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Giving up doesnt mean your weak. sometimes it means your stronger to let go

I agree with you I was a cheerleader during the cheerleading time and that prep. people called me the emo cheerleader. HA HA!!!!!